Supervision Award for Faculty Members
The School of Graduate Studies Supervision Awards aim to recognize outstanding performance in the multiple roles associated with graduate student supervision. Each year, two JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Awards and two SGS Early Career Supervision Awards will be offered to successful nominees: one of each award in the Humanities/Social Sciences and in the Physical/Life Sciences.
Each Award recipient receives an SGS Supervision Award certificate, an SGS Travel or Conference Grant (up to $5000) for a current student to support their research travel or conference presentation. Award winners have their names inscribed on a plaque housed at the School of Graduate Studies
The annual SGS Graduate Student Supervision Awards honour active faculty members who, over a minimum of a 15-year period (JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award) or up to 6 years (SGS Early Career Supervision Award), 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.
The 2021 Winners
JJ Berry Smith Award for Doctoral Supervision
Dr. Marie-Josée Fortin and Dr. Grace Skogstad are this year’s 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.
- Professor Marie-Josée Fortin recognized with U of T’s JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award (Faculty of Arts & Science)
- Professor Grace Skogstad receives 2021 JJ Berry Smith Award for Doctoral Supervision (SGS Celebrates)
Dr. Marie-Josée Fortin, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Dr. Marie-Josée Fortin is a University Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Throughout her career, Professor Fortin has supervised doctoral students, master’s students, and postdoctoral fellows who now have positions as professors or researchers at governmental agencies, NGOs and industries. Her training is not limited to the acquisition of academic knowledge but also involves enhancing the professional aspects of her trainees’ scientific careers.
Dr. Grace Skogstad, Department of Political Science: For Dr. Grace Skogstad, working with graduate students is a privileged relationship: an opportunity to work with the best minds of future generations. Since joining the University of Toronto in 1986, Dr. Skogstad has worked closely with over 60 graduate students as their supervisor or dissertation committee member, a contribution that was recognized when she was described, on winning the Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association in 2019, as having “trained a generation of Canadian political scientists.” Dr. Skogstad sees her role as a graduate supervisor as not only providing timely and constructive intellectual advice but also personal support, research collaborations, and professional mentorship.
Early Career Supervision Award
Dr. Keith Pardee and Dr. T.L. Cowan are the inaugural recipients of the new Early Career Supervision Award, which recognizes pre-tenure faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in the various roles associated with graduate supervision.
Keith Pardee is the Canada Research Chair in Synthetic Biology in Human Health (Tier II) and is based at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. The Pardee Lab offers an environment where students can harness their passion for research to build technologies dedicated to improving access to health care.While still in its early days, the lab’s entrepreneurial spirit has created three trainee-led start-ups, amongst other commercialization efforts, that are dedicating to bringing their technologies to real world applications.
T.L. Cowan is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Arts Culture and Media (UTSC) and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Dr. Cowan’s research in trans- feminist and queer arts and activism leads her to value rigour, creativity, accountability and improvisation in scholarship and mentorship. With Prof. Jas Rault, Dr. Cowan is co-director of the Cabaret Commons and the Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory (DREC). She is also a co-director of the Critical Digital Methods Institute (CDMI) at the University of Toronto Scarborough and a co-author of the Feminist Data Manifest-NO. Through these initiatives, Dr. Cowan works with many graduate students whose research and creative practices connect with, inform, and extend beyond these projects.
|Deadline:||Date set locally by graduate unit/Faculty|
|Faculty Nomination to SGS:||April 1, 2021|
|Results & Presentation of Award:||May 2021|
Nominees must be:
JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award:
• Active graduate faculty members at the University of Toronto, having supervised doctoral students (PhD, EdD, DMA, SJD) graduate students for a minimum of 15 years
Early Career Supervision Award:
• Tenure stream or status only graduate faculty members at the University of Toronto within the first six years of acquiring a graduate faculty appointment, having engaged in supervision of graduate students (master’s degree or doctoral degree) in committee member, co-supervisor or sole supervisor roles.
Nominations will be evaluated based on how well the candidates have demonstrated excellence in supervision at the University of Toronto by meeting and exceeding each selection criteria below:
- Inspiring and guiding students to achieve excellence in scholarship, fostering a strong sense of academic integrity;
- Providing an environment that is supportive, stimulating and tailored to their individual learning styles, needs, and career/future aspirations;
- Enabling students to learn the essential methodologies, concepts and cultures of their discipline;
- Introducing students to the wider context of the discipline and relevant communities of scholars; and
- Promoting student participation in professional development and activities that position them for future careers within and outside academia.
In an effort to assist Faculties in reviewing their nominations, an SGS Scoring Sheet is available for Faculties’ internal selection committee use, and may be shared with nominators/nominees.
Unsuccessful candidates are eligible for nomination a second time in the year following their initial nomination, at the discretion of the (Faculty) Dean. After this, the Faculty must wait at least two years to nominate the candidate.
The nomination package provides evidence that the nominee has met the above five criteria as demonstrated through the following:
- Completed Nomination Form;
- Faculty letter of recommendation from the Dean/Vice-Dean, Graduate (1-2 pages). Letter should provide context for the discipline: e.g. clearly address the supervisory norms (including expectations for publishing and presenting with supervised students), types of students (e.g. placement in academia vs. industry), and how the nominee stands out among peers in the same discipline;
- Two letters of nomination (letters may be from an individual or group):
- A letter from the department chair, current or former colleague(s); and
- A letter from current or former supervisee(s);
- A statement written by the candidate (max 300 words – suitable for public release):
- Addressing the candidate’s graduate mentoring/supervision philosophy, and
- Describing the candidate’s personal approach or strategies for mentoring/supervision;
- Table A: listing all current and former graduate students and their current positions (see Table A: List of Graduate Students for JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award)
- Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae (addressing the follow categories, as applicable):
- Academic Appointment(s)
- Mentoring or Supervision awards
- Awards for joint work with graduate students
- Funded or unfunded grants with graduate students
- Publications with notations of co-publishing with graduate students (last 15 years for JJ Berry Smith Award nominees and last 6 years for Early Career Award nominees)*
- Presentations with notations of co-presentation with graduate students* (last 15 years for JJ Berry Smith Award and last 6 years for Early Career Award)*
- Past and current graduate supervision roles (including supervisor and committee memberships)
- External appraisals of doctoral dissertations, which includes:
- Appraisal of a dissertation completed at a university where the nominee was not a faculty member; and
- Appraisal of a dissertation completed at the same university as the nominee and supervised by a committee that did not include the nominee.
- Service related to graduate student support, supervision or mentoring
- Other activities or accomplishments relevant to graduate student supervision and mentorship.
- *Please indicate publications and presentations with current or former graduate student co-authors or co-presenters using the following notations:
- highlighting the publication/presentation in yellow; and
- underlining the names of doctoral students within each publication/presentation.
Faculty nominations are due to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education through the Faculty Dean or Vice Dean Graduate Office.
Students, faculty members and staff wishing to submit a nomination package for consideration by their Faculty should contact their home graduate unit to inquire about the selection process and local deadlines.
Faculties may nominate one candidate in each of the four divisions (Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Science, Life Science ) to a maximum of four nominees per award, i.e. up to four nominees for the JJ Berry Smith Award and up to four nominees for the Early Career Supervisor Award. Requests for an additional quota may be considered by SGS where a Faculty has two exceptional candidates from within the same discipline.
Each nomination package is to be submitted electronically as a single PDF file via email; please retain the original application materials until June 30, 2021.
Nominations are due to SGS from Faculties by April 1, 2021 to:
Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education
c/o Graduate Awards Office
School of Graduate Studies
Contacts & Resources
Olivera Joksimovic, Graduate Awards Officer
School of Graduate Studies
See also: CTSI Resources.