Graduate Faculty Teaching Awards

 

 

2017-18 Graduate Faculty Teaching Awards

 

Award Overview

Student Nomination Deadline:

Date set by Graduate Unit

Graduate Unit Deadline to GLSE:

December 1, 2017

Award:

Up to 2 awards per category.

Results/Presentation of Award:

A framed certificate, cash prize, and formal recognition at the Faculty of

Medicine Education Achievement Celebration on May 9, 2018.

Faculty Level:

Hold full time primary academic appointment in the Faculty of Medicine and be either an associate or full member in the SGS.

Results:

Late January 2018

Purpose

The Faculty of Medicine will annually award up to 6 Graduate Faculty Teaching Awards (GFTA).  The purpose is to honour and celebrate outstanding contributions to graduate education by faculty in the Faculty of Medicine who teach in doctoral stream or professional graduate programs.  Updated: 2016-17 winners and previous winners.

Eligibility

The nominee must be:

  • Nominated by a Graduate Unit through a student (or recent graduate)-initiated process.  Note:  The Graduate Unit where the faculty holds his/her primary graduate appointment should be the nominator.
  • Holding a full time primary academic appointment in the Faculty of Medicine.
  • A faculty holding either an Associate or Full graduate faculty membership in the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Teaching in either the doctoral (thesis MSc or PhD) or professional graduate programs.

Also:

  • 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.

Each Graduate Unit may only submit ONE faculty member per award category: 

  1.  Early Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching and 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 membership (including graduate memberships elsewhere) as of December of application year. 

  1. Mid-Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship

This award recognizes sustained (between 8 to 15 years of all graduate memberships 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

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

  • academic/career options
  • CV preparation
  1. Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship

This award recognizes sustained contributions (at least fifteen years of all graduate memberships 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)

Review Criteria

The committee will consider each nominee’s applicability with the award category’s criteria and the following; however, it is not expected that all of these points below 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)

 

Nomination Process

 

Graduate Units will have an earlier internal deadline for their graduate students to ensure:

  • Nomination(s) are submitted to GLSE by December 1, 2017.
  • Each Graduate Unit only submit ONE faculty member per award category:

Note:

  • Nomination items must be sent as Adobe (.pdf) or Word (.doc or .docx) documents by e-mail to debbie.chau@utoronto.ca
  • If the nomination is submitted as one combined PDF document, it must be arranged in the order listed below.
  • 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/Director of the nominee’s Graduate Unit.
  • 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 (with name underlined or bolded) supervised (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
  • *New in 2017* A short biosketch of candidate (max 150 words – suitable for public release).  Additional short paragraph of “Reflections” may be included with the biosketch.
  • OPTIONAL:  Additional letters of support (faculty/students). Maximum of 3 optional letters of support and maximum of 1 page per letter.
     

Tips and FAQ

1.    Who should complete and submit the GFTA nomination to GLSE?  
Answer: Preference is for the Graduate Unit to complete and submit the application(s) after the student requests the nomination.  However, the student may help complete and submit the GFTA application to GLSE as long as the Graduate Unit is aware of the submission and ensures only one faculty member per award category is submitted from their Unit.  Also, it is suggested that the Graduate Unit assist the student(s) with the application, if it is submitted by the student.  Note:  The Graduate Unit where the faculty holds his/her primary graduate appointment should be the nominator.

2.    What is a “recently graduated student nominator”?
Answer: Preference is for a recently graduated student (within the last 5 years) who completed a doctoral-stream or professional master's program and was supervised or mentored by the faculty nominee.

3.    What are Biosketch and Reflections summaries?
Answer: A GFTA biosketch is a short and specific paragraph about the nominee’s qualifications and achievements in graduate education.  A GFTA reflections summary is a personal statement about graduate teaching and mentorship.  Click here to see last year’s examples.
(http://www.glse.utoronto.ca/sites/default/files/EAC2016Program_biosketch%20examples.pdf )

4.    How do I find out what the primary graduate unit the candidate is in?
Answer: You can check the SGS listings of graduate faculty here
(www.sgs.utoronto.ca/facultyandstaff/Pages/Faculty-Members-A-Z.aspx

 

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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