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Professor Atara Sivan wins George Torkildsen Literary Award

17 Sep 2014

Professor Atara Sivan (left) receives the award from Professor Christopher Edginton, Secretary General of World Leisure Organization.
Professor Atara Sivan (left) receives the award from Professor Christopher Edginton, Secretary General of World Leisure Organization.

Professor Atara Sivan, Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Education Studies, was awarded the prestigious George Torkildsen Literary Award for her significant contribution to the leisure literature by advancing innovative ideas, thoughts and philosophical perspectives. The award was bestowed upon Professor Sivan at the recent 2014 World Leisure Congress held in Mobile, Alabama, USA.

Professor Sivan was awarded the honour in recognition of her significant literary activities that have made continuous and sustained contributions to the field of leisure education. These include research and scholarly endeavours that significantly influence new ideas and concepts, arouse professional awareness and lead to major changes in the way in which leisure studies and service movement are viewed and practiced.

Professor Sivan says that she feels much honored to be the recipient of the George Torkildsen Literary Award. She said: “I am especially privileged to receive this award which honours a prolific researcher and practitioner whose contribution to the field of leisure was outstanding. It is particularly significant to me to be awarded on the basis of my scholarly contribution to the field of leisure education which is a major area of my academic endeavour and to which I would like to continue contributing through both research and practice. I feel indebted to the Department, Faculty and the University for their ongoing support and encouragement”.