Carleton University’s Nduka Otiono receives a Raving Ravens Teaching Excellence Recognition
Carleton University’s professor of African Studies, Dr. Nduka Otiono, has received a Raving Ravens teaching excellence recognition in the form of a lapel pin and a postcard. Signed by Patrick Lyons, Director of Teaching and Learning at Carleton University, the postcard bears the Director’s handwritten note thanking Dr. Otiono for his “commitment to teaching and learning at Carleton!”
Excitedly sharing the recognition, Dr. Otiono declared on his Facebook page: “What could be more welcoming to a new academic year than another recognition of teaching excellence from one’s students and institution. And so waiting on my table on this first day of school this term is this surprise Raving Raven for Teaching Excellence totem…”
Launched in Winter 2017 by Teaching and Learning Services, the Raving Ravens initiative provides an avenue for students to recognize educators who have made an impact on their experience at Carleton. The teaching excellence award is the second in two years that Dr. Otiono has received for his distinctive job as an instructor at Canada’s Capital University. In 2016, the Nigerian-Canadian was awarded a prestigious Capital Educators’ award for excellence in teaching.
Besides awards for teaching excellence, Dr. Otiono is a two-time recipient of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (2015 and 2016), winner of a 2017 Carleton University Faculty of Arts and Social Science Early Career Research Excellence Award, and winner of multiple prizes for creative writing that includes the Association of Nigerian Authors/Spectrum Prize for fiction for his first book, a collection of short stories entitled The Night Hides with a Knife.