Supervision Award for Faculty

SGS Dean Brian Corman announced Professor Brenda J. Andrews and Professor Clifford Orwin as the inaugural recipients of the JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award which recognizes outstanding performance in the multiple roles associated with doctoral (PhD, EdD, DMA, SJD) supervision.

The annual JJ Berry Smith Supervision Award honours active faculty members who, over a minimum of a 15-year period, have demonstrated excellence in supervision at the University of Toronto by:

inspiring and guiding students to reach excellence in scholarship;

providing an environment that is supportive and stimulating;

enabling students to learn the essential methodologies, concepts and cultures of their discipline;

introducing students to the wider content of the discipline and relevant communities of scholars;

positioning students for future careers both within and outside academe;

fostering a strong sense of academic integrity.

Professor Brenda J. Andrews has been a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Genetics since 1990, and is currently the Director of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular research. Prof. Andrew’s achievements are unparalleled as a scholar in life sciences and as a mentor of young scientists. During her time as a faculty member at the University of Toronto she has supervised 23 doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to careers in academia (University of British Columbia, University of Ottawa as well as University of Toronto) as well as outside academia (Senior Research Associates, Lab and Project Managers, Science writers). Nominators described Prof. Andrews as “an inspiring supervisor and mentor, a role model for all of her students…who has successfully balanced an outstanding career as a research scientist with major academic leadership role”. Former students noted that Prof. Andrews always makes time for her students and is a supervisor whose unique talents include turning “a student’s frustration and scientific exhaustion into a recharged fresh outlook.”

Professor Clifford Orwin has been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science for almost forty years. A supervisor whose style of mentorship is often referred to by his students as “tough love”, Prof. Orwin is greatly admired and appreciated for his “exacting standards”. Prof. Orwin has supervised 22 dissertations to completion and is currently serving as supervisor to 6 doctoral students. Prof. Orwin was praised for his commitment to the achievements of his students and their career progress as he guides them to positions both within and outside academe. His students have gone on to academic appointments at Western University, University of British Columbia, Yale University and Emory University; other students have gone on to careers outside the academe as writers, attorneys and policy analysts. He was singled out by his nominators for his commitment to his students, noting that he is dedicated to “coaxing the very best work from each student.”

Recipients receive a JJ Berry Smith Supervisory Award Certificate, their name on a plaque housed at the School of Graduate Studies, as well as a SGS Conference or Travel Grant to be awarded by the recipient to support a current doctoral student.

JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award

(Opens Winter 2014)

The JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award recognizes outstanding performance in the multiple roles associated with doctoral (PhD, EdD, DMA, SJD) supervision.

It will be awarded annually to an active faculty member who, over a minimum of a fifteen year period, has demonstrated excellence in supervision at the University of Toronto as indicated by:  

inspiring and guiding students to reach excellence in scholarship;

providing an environment that is supportive and stimulating;

enabling students to learn the essential methodologies, concepts and cultures of their discipline;

introducing students to the wider content of the discipline and relevant communities of scholars;

positioning students for future careers both within and outside academe;

fostering a strong sense of academic integrity.

Process

Nominations due: 2014 date TBA.

Nominations are brought to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education through the Faculty Dean or Vice Dean Graduate Education, with one nomination annually per Faculty.

 Faculty members, staff, and students wishing to submit a nomination package for consideration by their faculty should contact their home graduate unit to inquire about local deadlines.

The nomination package provides evidence that the nominee has met the above six criteria through:

a nomination form: JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award Nomination Form (attach PDF)

a letter of endorsement from the Dean/Vice Dean Graduate Education and two letters of nomination which must include: (1) a letter from the department chair or a current or former colleague, and (2) one letter from a former or current supervisee (this letter may also be a group nomination);

a table that includes all former and current doctoral students and their current positions: Table A: List of Doctoral Students for JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award; (attach PDF)

a CV indicating all co-publications/presentations with current and former doctoral students, if applicable.

The award will be adjudicated by a committee consisting of:

Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education or designate;

a previous recipient of the JJ Berry Smith Award (as of Year 2);

a student member of the Graduate Education Council;

SGS Director of Student Services or designate;

Director of the Centre of Teaching Support and Innovation or designate;

other members may be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education, as appropriate.

 

The Award

award certificate;

name on a plaque housed at the School of Graduate Studies;

an SGS travel or conference award to be awarded by the recipient to support a current doctoral student for conference participation or research travel.

The deadline for faculty nomination is (2014 date TBA) and the award will be presented annually at the Governor General's Medal Reception Ceremony in the spring.

For further information, please contact: Kerri Huffman, Associate Director, SGS Student Services at kerri.huffman@sgs.utoronto.ca​.

Faculty nominations are to be forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education:

Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education
c/o JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award
School of Graduate Studies
Room 202
63 St. George Street
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 2Z9