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Empowering students to create spaces for inspired learning

Brian D. McInnes
Assistant Professor Brian D. McInnes  

UMD's Brian D. McInnes has been named a 2016 Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Award Recipient for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

McInnes is an American Indian education and world languages scholar. A former language immersion educator, McInnes helps develop intercultural understanding through celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity. He is an enrolled member of the Wasauksing First Nation near Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada.

McInnes, now an assistant professor in the Education Department at UMD, has developed and taught core methods courses to a cohort of Native American elementary education students. These educators are now prepared to teach Ojibwe to upcoming generations of Anishinaabe children.

McInnes said, "My goal is to empower my students in creating their own spaces for critical change and inspired learning."

About the Award
Since 1965, University of Minnesota Alumni Association has presented an award to a select group of teachers who reflect the University’s emphasis on the importance of high quality undergraduate education. Candidates were recommended by colleges in their inquiry to identify excellence in teaching, research, creative activities, advising, academic program development, and educational leadership.

The award will be presented at the Distinguished Teaching Awards ceremony on Tues., April 26, at 4 pm at the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis. In 2016, eight professors in the University of Minnesota System will receive the honor at the event. Since the award was established, 36 UMD professors have been named recipients. Winners of the Morse Award become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.  

By Cheryl Reitan, March 2016.

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