King’s professor awarded prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship
Dr. Arlette Zinck receives the prestigious 3M award for her work with learners in prison.
Zinck’s work with learners in prison has helped shape public dialogue about fostering hope through teaching to move learning beyond classroom walls and into the community, Canada, and internationally.
“Dr. Arlette Zinck is a force,” said Dr. Melanie Humphreys, President of The King’s University. “She is articulate, passionate, deeply deserving of this award, and we’re excited to see her leadership recognized. The 3M Fellowship, sharing and connecting interdisciplinary knowledge to support the experience of each learner, embodies what King’s is all about.”
Zinck’s teaching philosophy is rooted in the power of story to direct students’ sense of empathy from thinking into action. “My teaching practice is all about storytelling. Storytelling is integral to understanding who we are,” Zinck explained. “It connects us to others who are both like and unlike us. Stories can generate empathy and hope, both in the classroom and in society at large. They allow us to re-imagine ourselves and our world in ways that are life-giving and full of possibility.”
Professor Zinck embodies the approach to transformative learning across disciplines that is an important feature of The King’s University’s learning community, said King’s nominator and 3M Fellow Peter Mahaffy. “In a time of multiple emerging global challenges and sometimes myopic international leadership, Arlette inspires all teachers and students to shape stories that ‘make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving’,” said Mahaffy, quoting Madeleine L’Engle.