№ 358/2009 from Dec 09, 2009
Heather Cameron, since 2008 a junior professor of inclusive education at Freie Universität Berlin, was chosen as Professor of the Year by the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers. The award, which is endowed with 7500 euros, honors professors "who through their extraordinary commitment make an outstanding contribution toward promoting the reputation of professors in the eyes of the general public." The British and Canadian citizen, Heather Cameron, is the first non-German scholar to receive this award. The award ceremony will be on March 22, 2010, in Hamburg.
The jury selected Heather Cameron as a personality whose commitment is reflected in her work both on and off the job. In 2005, in addition to her teaching and research activities, Cameron, who has been a junior professor of inclusive education at Freie Universität since 2008, started a boxing initiative called "Boxgirls" in the Berlin inner-city district of Kreuzberg. "Boxgirls" aims through sports training to improve the physical and mental fitness of girls and young women and to enhance their self-esteem, thereby ccountering aggression and inertia. With this project Cameron wishes to encourage girls and young women to actively stand up as multipliers for more social participation and rights of women and to be accountable for social change. In Berlin more than 500 girls have directly benefited from "Boxgirls."
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Christine Keitel-Kreidt, Vice President of Freie Universität, was pleased about the award for her young colleague. "Freie Universität Berlin is very proud and glad to have Heather Cameron on its faculty. She always manages to be a source of inspiration in getting the most varied individuals to support her projects. Especially students from various disciplines are attracted by her innovative approach to teaching, and they contribute to her research and projects with enthusiasm." Cameron's dedicated team of young and highly motivated volunteers has already won numerous awards: from the district authority up to the UN. Cameron has won over the German Children and Youth Foundation, the Berlin Family and Children's Foundation, and the international sports foundation "Women Win" as collaboration partners for her projects.
The award will be presented on March 22, 2010, as part of the gala of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers.