Computational Arts Prof Doug Van Nort receives AMPD Teaching Award

September 25, 2018

Computational Arts Prof Doug Van Nort receives AMPD Teaching Award

Professor Doug Van Nort, Canada Research Chair in Digital Performance, was presented with School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design Junior Teaching Award by Interim Dean Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt on September 20, at a reception in the Tribute Community Recital Hall. The award is in recognition of his teaching contributions to the Digital Media Program and the Department of Music.

Since he joined York University in 2015, Van Nort has developed innovative courses exploring sound, performance, and telematics. He has also played an important role in the development of the Digital Media Graduate program which now offers a Master of Arts (MA) and a Master of Science (MSc), with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) coming in 2019.

The teaching award adjudication committee was particularly impressed by the way Van Nort integrates students into a range of research-creation projects – in such a way that each student is provided with meaningful opportunities for learning, as well as artistic experimentation and development. His DisPerSion lab has attracted an impressive and vibrant community of students and many students have joined and continued as members of the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra (EAO).

Kieran Maraj, a former student of Doug’s, wrote that that “[his] time working with and learning from Doug has absolutely been the most engaging, challenging and intellectually satisfying experiences of my post-secondary career thus far.” Rory Hoy, another student who wrote a letter supporting Doug’s nomination wrote, “Professor Van Nort’s classes have been the most challenging but also the most rewarding of my university career. By forcing me to think critically about every decision along my creative process, working with him has opened pathways to future careers I had not previously considered, as well as honing my craft as a digital media creator.”

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