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David Thomson Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Supervision

Nomination Procedure

A nomination must include:

  • a completed David Thomson Award Nomination Form
  • a statement of Graduate Teaching Philosophy (maximum 1 page);
  • letter supporting the nomination from the nominee's Department Chair;
  • 2 letters of support from current graduate students (1 from a supervisee, 1 from a student taught by professor but not supervised by him/her);
  • 2 letters of support from former graduate students;
  • a curriculum vitae (abridged version) including the following:
    • a list of all students supervised to degree, with start and completion dates plus an indication of each graduate's current position.
    • a list of all publications under the nominee's supervision to date (joint publications and solo publications by students);
    • a list of all graduate courses taught by the nominee, and the years each course was taught by him/her;

PLEASE NOTE: No more than the specified number of support letters will be accepted.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a professor must:

  • have been eligible to supervise for 10 years or less
  • have been involved in graduate student training at McGill for a minimum of three years

Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated based on the following information provided in support letters.

Letter of support by Department Chair/Unit Director:

The letter of support by the Department Chair/Unit Director should be a maximum of 2 pages in length. It should include the nominee’s contribution(s) to the development of the unit’s graduate program (including details about the nominee’s participation in departmental committees or projects dealing with graduate affairs) as well as the nominee’s teaching history. The Chair/Director should also mention Departmental norms with respect to graduate supervision (average number of supervisees per professor, expectation regarding mentoring, help with publications, etc.).

Graduate Student support letters:

Letters of support by graduate students should address the following:

  • ability to arouse interest in the discipline
  • quality of supervision and progress-tracking
  • degree of encouragement to publish and/or present work
  • guidance with respect to other professional development

Deadline and submission process

An electronic version (PDF) of the nomination form and supporting documents to be sent to mona [dot] sharafi-razvand [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Mona Sharafi-Razvand). One original (hard) copy of the nomination form and supporting documents to be mailed to the attention of:

                                Dean Martin Kreiswirth
                                Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
                                c/o Room 400, James Administration Building

Presentation

The award is presented at Spring Convocation. The recipient receives a plaque, and their name is inscribed on a permanent plaque in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.

Awardees

2014

Robert Pihl
Dept. of Psychology

2013

Henri Darmon
Mathematics & Statistics

2011

Christine Ross
Dept. of Art History and Communication Studies

2010

Masad José Damha
Chemistry

2009

Bruce M. Shore
Educational and Counselling Psychology

2008

Alberto Pérez-Gómez
Architecture

2007

Vijaya Raghavan
Bioresource Engineering

2006

William Straw
Art History and Communication Studies

2005

Hong Guo
Physics

2004

John Galaty
Anthropology

2003

Lydia White
Linguistics

2002

Michael Makkai
Mathematics & Statistics

2001

Godfried Toussaint
Computer Science

2000

Lawrence A. Mysak
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

1999

Ian S. Butler
Chemistry

1998

Eric Mountjoy
Earth & Planetary Sciences

1997

Ronald Melzack
Psychology

1996

David Harpp
Chemistry

1995

Musa Kamal
Chemical Engineering

1994

A.E. Williams-Jones
Earth & Planetary Sciences

1994

Brian Collier
Pharmacology & Therapeutics

1994

Michael Bristol
English