Recollections of Waterloo College

Recollections of Waterloo College

Recollections of Waterloo College

Recollections of Waterloo College

Synopsis

When Flora Roy accepted a teaching position at Waterloo College in 1948, she imagined it would be a temporary posting until she finished her dissertation and returned to Toronto or another large Canadian university. Little did she know that, as head of the English department, she would stay on and find herself involved in local controversies. This memoir recalls Roy's early days at Waterloo College (when its standards were still supervised by the University of Western Ontario) and traces the gradual pressures to merge with the new University of Waterloo. As history shows, Waterloo College resisted what was seen then as corporate pressure and became instead an independent and much-loved institution called Waterloo Lutheran University (which later became Wilfrid Laurier University). The story of the transformation of Waterloo College into Waterloo Lutheran University is told through anecdotes and shows that, despite its size, the small campus was very connected to the larger world. The royalties from the sale of this book will be directed towards funding scholarships. All photographs were used with the kind permission of Wilfrid Laurier University Archives and Special Collections. Please note that in future printings, the third last paragraph of Recollections of Waterloo College will be corrected to read as follows: I have been circuitous about this, but I should now admit that I feel that a concession to candidates for academic employment, that indicates that they have not the time, or the endurance or may we say the ability to go further, throws a shadow over those who take advantage of it. In addition, it suggests that they are not especially fitted for the rigours of life as university faculty members.

Excerpt

When Flora Roy first came to Waterloo College in 1948 to teach English, she assumed it would be a temporary posting until she finished her PhD and moved on to a larger university. the English department at that time consisted of two faculty members—Flora Roy and Jim Clark—who together offered courses on the entire canon of English literature. But when Flora Roy completed her PhD, she chose to remain at the college.

Dr. Roy was a well-loved and respected teacher and chair of the English Department who also contributed to programs such as Fine Arts and Theatre, Communications Studies, and Film Studies. Although she retired from full-time teaching in 1978, she continued to teach on a part-time basis until 1993. An outstanding educator, she was awarded the Confederation Medal in 1967, the Queen Elizabeth ii Jubilee Medal in 1978, and the wlu Language Arts Award in 1984. Dr. Roy was made Professor Emeritus in 1978 and received an honorary Doctor of Letters, also from Wilfrid Laurier University, in 1988. in 1995 the wlu Alumni Association honoured her with the Distinguished Educator Award.

In this vivid collection of anecdotes and memories, Flora Roy takes us on her personal and professional journey as the college is transformed into Waterloo Lutheran University and then Wilfrid Laurier University.

The royalties from the sale of this book will be directed towards funding scholarships.

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