UVic Torch -- Spring 2004
Spring 2004,
Volume 26, Number 1

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 The Measure of Great Professors - Photograph by Val Shore  The Measure of Great Professors
Standouts: Nancy Turner and Jim McDavid have been named Distinguished Professors by the university.

JIM MCDAVID IS A SPECIALIST IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION and local government services. Nancy Turner works with First Nations groups to study traditional uses of plant life on the West Coast. Together they are this year’s UVic Distinguished Professors, nominated by their faculties and selected by Vice President Academic Jamie Cassels based on teaching skills, scholarship and involvement in the university community. The award provides a salary stipend and an annual research allowance.

McDavid is co-founder of UVic Local Government Institute and currently focuses his research on ways to evaluate the performance of core municipal services like police, fire and waste management. He is also a past winner of the UVic Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Turner—a 2003 UVic Distinguished Alumni Award winner—has collaborated with, and learned from, an entire generation of First Nations elders, helping to pass down traditional knowledge about plants and plant use. Turner is at work on three books, including a guide to the culturally important plants of the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii.

The Distinguished Professor award was introduced in 2002 and has recognized the fine work of Gerry Ferguson (Law), Angus McLaren (History), John Oleson (Greek and Roman Studies), Jim Tully (Political Science) and Larry Yore (Education).

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