SPRING 2008: Geoff has been named the recipient of the Kinesiology and Health Studies Class of '88 Teaching Award this year, for the one course, Introduction to the Critical Sociology of Sport. Amazing surprise and a true honour.
April 1, 2004 -- Geoff has been honoured with not one but two teaching awards. He received the PHED 88 Teaching Award at a departmental ceremony on March 25, 2004. A short time later, he discovered that he had also been named this year's recipient of the Frank Knox Teaching Award. You can read the full story here. Congratulations Geoff!
Geoff thanks all of his students, colleagues at Queen's and throughout the world, especially those of you who pushed him as hard as they did. This gave him the kind of impetus necessary to do what he has to do. Merci beaucoup.
From the Queen's Journal: "The following quotations were pulled from the class surveys conducted for the two teachers who won the Frank Knox award. They are from anonymous students who lauded their professors for excellent teaching:"
"I have never seen a teacher (in any level of my schooling) so committed to engaging with their students. Every class, Dr. Smith checks in with students, asks them what they thought of a recent news event, or relevant documentary, or how school is going in general."
"Geoff Smith is someone who has inspired me to guide my own education and pursue my interests while maintaining a social conscience and questioning the world around me."
Please see Life and Times for a fuller listing of academic publications.
From: Martin J. Kelly, Jr.
Date: July 16, 2006
Subject: To Save A Nation
Just a short note. I'm a retired academic groping for significance in the Bronx. I read all of the time. I have been studying the 30s and its fringe movements. Some years ago, I picked up your book at a used book store and, this past week, amidst a number of other works, I have been reading it closely.
What a smashing book! Incredibly smart, clear, importantly abstract historiographically, and downright compelling, I cannot tell you how much I am nourished by it. My father was a poor, right-wing, Irish-Catholic anti-Semite and a vehement adherent of Father Coughlin and Gerald L. K. Smith. He was, as you might have guessed, more completely defined by the people he hated. I am recapturing his sensibility from your book even though it stokes-up the family horror of my WWII childhood dinner table memories.
Thank you for having written such a wonderful intellectual treatment.
Martin J. Kelly, Jr., PhD