Morley Lemon, recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, 1998


Professor Morley Lemon, an associate professor of accounting, came to the University of Waterloo in January 1981. He is a recognized authority on areas of Canadian auditing and accounting which is evidenced by the widely-used textbooks that he has co-authored. Over the past several years, professor Lemon has provided a course via videoconferencing to accountancy students at Queen's University and the University of Western Ontario. He sought out special training at the University of Oklahoma in this method of distance education and has successfully implemented that training. He was also actively involved in the development of a fully equipped videoconferencing room which has been in operation for the past year. While auditing might not be considered by some to be the most exciting subject, professor Lemon strives to make the classes as interesting as possible for his students.”Prof. Lemon's knowledge of the material he teaches is overwhelming. However, he never lets this knowledge adversely affect the presentation of the material to his students. He initiates insightful discussions among the class members, and never discounts anyone's opinion. He frequently expands these discussions beyond the constraints imposed by the course text, exposing the students to issues which they will be confronted with in their professional careers. One subject which frequently comes up in class discussions is professional ethics. Professor Lemon's interest and enthusiasm in this area is clear, and the points he raises will undoubtedly be useful to students long after the final exam is written.” A colleague further summarizes professor Lemon's strengths stating that “His courses are obviously well received but equally impressive is the frequency with which Morley's genuine concern for his students is acknowledged. A glance at his letters of support indicate that students are truly appreciative of his open door policy, his overriding concern for fairness, his willingness to entertain all student opinions, his knack of generating classroom discussion and his concern that students be given the utmost respect.”