Graduate Faculty Teaching Awards

microscopeThe Faculty of Medicine will award up to 6 graduate faculty teaching awards annually.  The purpose is to honour and celebrate outstanding contributions to graduate education by full time faculty in the Faculty of Medicine who teach in doctoral stream or professional graduate programs.  The award will consist of a framed certificate and formal recognition at the Faculty of Medicine Education Achievement Celebration in May 15, 2017, and a cash prize.  Updated: 2016-17 winners and previous winners.

2016 - 2017 Graduate Faculty Teaching Awards

Categories (up to 2 awards in each category):           

Early Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship

This award recognizes outstanding contribution to the training and experience of graduate students, as evidenced by excellence in teaching, supervision and mentorship and dedication to students. This award is restricted to Faculty in the early stages of their career within 8 years of their initial SGS appointment (including any other graduate appointments elsewhere) as of December of application year.

Mid-Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship (previously named as Continuing Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship)

This award recognizes sustained (between 8  to 15 years of all graduate appointments as of December of application year) contribution to graduate student mentorship, teaching and supervision exemplified by but not limited to:

  • major contribution to graduate student learning
  • enthusiastic and empathic critical appraisal of students’ work
  • timely assessment of students' research programs including program advisory committee meetings and prompt turnaround of written work
  • careful attention to a critical path laid out for students' research

Objective evidence of graduate student outcomes, including number of:

  • students with publications
  • students with first authorship
  • students holding major, competitive external awards
  • students with timely completion of degree

Mentoring and teaching life skills and advising on career matters including:

  • academic/career options
  • CV preparation

Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship

This award recognizes sustained contributions (at least fifteen years of all graduate appointments as of December of application year) to any aspect of graduate teaching including:

  • graduate student supervision and mentoring
  • curriculum development
  • regular support of Graduate Departmental, Faculty and University graduate activities
  • graduate program administration (as applicable)

Eligibility

The nominee must hold a full time primary appointment in the Faculty of Medicine and be either an associate or full member of the School of Graduate Studies.  Contributions to teaching in either the doctoral (thesis MSc or PhD) or professional graduate programs will be considered.  A previous winner may be nominated for a Graduate Faculty Teaching Award in a different category at any time but not for the same award category already awarded.

Criteria

The committee will consider the following; however, it is not expected that all of these will apply to all nominees:

1) Commitment:

  • quantity of teaching (number of courses and hours)
  • accessibility to students
  • research and publications on teaching methods

2) Excellence in communication skills
3) Subject mastery
4) Ability to organize material and emphasize principles
5) Demonstrated ability to stimulate students:

  • encourages interest in and enthusiasm for subject
  • displays good rapport with students
  • leads and challenges students to think critically, analytically and independently, and to organize their own learning

6) Effective use of appropriate teaching resources and instructional methodologies
7) Innovative, creative and experimental teaching methods
8) Evidence of mentorship (e.g., Identified in supporting letters from those mentored)

Deadline
Applications will be received by the Graduate Departments by Friday, December 2, 2016, by electronic submission via e-mail to debbie.chau@utoronto.ca, Graduate & Life Sciences Education (GLSE).  Note: Graduate Departments will have an earlier internal deadline for their graduate students to ensure nomination(s) are submitted by the deadline.

Nomination
Candidates for these awards must be nominated by a Graduate Department through a student (or recent graduate)-initiated process
.  Please note:  Each Graduate Department may only submit ONE faculty member per award category.

Nomination items must be sent as Word (.doc) or Adobe (.pdf) documents, and can be scanned.  Letters of support should be addressed to Dr. Allan Kaplan, Vice Dean, Graduate and Academic Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

The required documents are:

  • Nomination Form - Word version or PDF version.
  • Letter of support from the Chair of the nominee's Graduate Department.
  • Letters of nomination from 2 students or recent graduates supporting faculty member for category being nominated in.  Maximum of 2 pages per letter.
  • Abridged CV (max 10 pages) which includes a full description of the contribution to graduate teaching and accomplishments relevant to the award eligibility criteria, including:

    • a list of students supervised (with name underlined or bolded).  Include dates, thesis title, and student’s awards and publications, and follow-up post graduation (if available)
    • quantity of teaching courses
    • relevant graduate teaching
    • course evaluations, if available
    • relevant teaching awards

Optional:

  • Additional letters of support (faculty/students).  Maximum of 3 optional letters of support and maximum of 1 page per letter.

If the nomination is submitted as one combined document, it must be arranged in the above order.

Adjudication
The Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student and Faculty Teaching Awards Committee.

Contact Email: debbie.chau@utoronto.ca

 

2016-17 Winners

Early Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship
Dr. Ana Andreazza, M.Sc., Ph.D. -Pharmacology and Toxicology
Dr. Julie Claycomb, Ph.D. -Molecular Genetics

Mid-Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship
Dr. Anthony Gramolini, Ph.D. - Physiology
Dr. Krista Lanctot, M.Sc., Ph.D. - Pharmacology and Toxicology

Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship        
Dr. Howard Mount, M.Sc., Ph.D. - Psychiatry, Medicine, Physiology, Institute of Medical Science
Dr. Rachel Tyndale, Ph.D. - Pharmacology and Toxicology

Previous Winners

Early Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship
2015-2016 - Dr. Paul Boutros, Ph.D. - Medical Biophysics
2015-2016 - Dr. Brian Cox, Ph.D. - Physiology
2014-2015 - Dr. Stephanie Nixon, BA, BHSc, MSc, Ph.D. – Physical Therapy
2014-2015 - Dr. George M. Yousef, MD,Ph.D, FRCPC, MSc, MBBCh  - Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
2013-2014 - Dr. France Gagnon, MSc, Ph.D. - Dalla Lana School of Public Health
2013-2014 – Dr. Nancy M. Salbach, BSc, BScPT, MSc, Ph.D. - Physical Therapy
2012-2013 – Dr. Anthony O. Gramolini, Ph.D. - Physiology
2012-2013 – Dr. Michelle Keightley, Ph.D. – Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
2011-2012 – Dr. Barbara Gibson, Ph.D, MSc, BMR(PT) – Physical Therapy
2010-2011 - Dr. Richard Bazinet, Ph.D. – Nutritional Sciences
2010-2011 - Dr. Evelyn Lambe, Ph.D. - Physiology
2009-2010 – Dr. Jill Cameron, Ph.D. – Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
2009-2010 – Dr. Tony Lam, Ph.D. - Physiology
2008-2009 - Dr. Leah Cowen, Ph.D. – Molecular Genetics
2007-2008 - Dr. Susan Bondy BA(H), MSc., PhD – Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Mid-Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship
2015-2016 – Dr. Jennifer Gommerman, Ph.D. - Immunology
2015-2016 – Dr. Anthony Hanley, Ph.D. - Nutritional Sciences
2014-2015 - Dr. Deirdre R. Dawson, Ph.D. – Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
2014-2015 - Dr. Alex Mihailidis, MASc, Ph.D.  – Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
2013-2014 – Dr. Angela Colantonio, Ph.D. – Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
2013-2014 – Dr. Vladimir Vuksan, Ph.D. – Nutritional Sciences
2012-2013 - Dr. Heyu Ni, MD, Ph.D. – Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
2012-2013 – Dr. Valerie Tarasuk, BA, BEd, BASc, MSc, PhD – Nutritional Sciences
2011-2012 - Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng, Ph.D - Physiology
2010-2011 – Dr.  Tom Chau, BASc, MASc, PhD, PEng – Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
2009-2010 – Dr. Donald B. Plewes, Ph.D. – Medical Biophysics
2008-2009 - Dr. Patricia Brubaker, Ph.D. - Physiology
2007-2008 - Dr. Adria Giacca, MD - Physiology
2006-2007 - Dr. Dwayne Barber, Ph.D – Medical Biophysics
2005-2006 - Dr. Peter Liu, MSc, MD, FRCPC – Institute of Medical Science
2004-2005 - Dr.  Ann Robertson, BSc, MSc, DrPH – Dalla Lana School of Public Health
2003-2004 - Dr. Pamela Ohashi, PhD, FRSC - Immunology
2002-2003 - Dr. Li Zhang, MD, MSc, PhD – Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiolog

Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship        
2015-2016 – Dr. Dina Brooks, BScPT, MSc, PhD - Physical Therapy
2015-2016 – Dr. Patricia Brubaker, Ph.D. - Physiology
2015-2016 – Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier, BSc, Ph.D, Postdoc
2014-2015 - Dr. Richard L. Horner, Ph.D - Medicine, Physiology, Institute of Medical Science
2013-2014 – Dr. Luigi E. Girolametto, Ph.D. – Speech-Language Pathology
2013-2014 - Dr. Thomas M.S. Wolever, D.M., Ph.D. – Nutritional Sciences
2012-2013 – Dr.  Michael C. Archer, M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc. – Nutritional Sciences
2012-2013 - Dr. Eleftherios P. Diamandis, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), FRSC – Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
2011-2012 – Dr. Stephen G. Matthews, Ph.D. - Physiology
2010-2011 - Dr. Avrum I. Gotlieb, MDCM, FRCPC – Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
2009-2010 – Dr. G. Harvey Anderson, Ph.D. – Nutritional Sciences
2008-2009 - Dr. Carla Johnson, Ph.D. – Speech-Language Pathology
2007-2008 - Dr. Christopher Yip, BASc, Ph.D. – Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
2006-2007 - Dr. Raisa Deber, Ph.D. – Dalla Lana School of Public Health
2005-2006 - Dr. Helene Polatajko, Ph.D – Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
2004-2005 - Dr. Carin Wittnich, Ph.D. – Physiology
2003-2004 - Dr. Carol Greenwood, Ph.D. – Nutritional Sciences
2002-2003 – Dr. David Coburn, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. – Dalla Lana School of Public Health

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