Killam Awards for Excellence in Mentoring

Deadline

Likely September 2019

Annual Value

A commemorative certificate and a cash award of $5,000 will be presented to each recipient at Fall Congregation.

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident
International

Degree Level

Masters
Doctoral
 

The Killam Awards for Excellence in Mentoring recognize outstanding mentorship of numerous graduate students over many years. The awards will be adjudicated by a committee chaired by the Dean and Vice Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The Killam General Endowment at the University of British Columbia (administered by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic) provides the funds for the awards.

Recent citations of Killam Awards for Excellence in Mentoring winners - see below under Further Information

 

Eligibility

All continuing academic staff members with a clinical, tenure or grant tenure appointment at the UBC Vancouver Campus are eligible to be nominated. Nominees may be at any stage in their academic career, but one award will recognize faculty members in the mid-career category – that is, for those who have held university appointments for less than 12 years – and the other will recognize faculty members in the senior category – that is, for those with 12 or more years of university service. Years of university service will be counted as of the nomination deadline.

Unsuccessful nominations may be submitted for subsequent competitions, to a three-year limit. Nomination packages (or portions thereof) may be updated for subsequent competitions or the packages may be carried forward unchanged. Nominations will not automatically be carried forward: departments must contact the Killam Assistant (killam.fellowships@ubc.ca) to ask that the package be included in the current competition. Any amended materials are to be submitted via UBC Workspace (see "Nomination Procedures" below).

Evaluation Criteria

The awards recognize one senior and one mid-career faculty members’ outstanding ability to foster the intellectual, professional, and personal development of graduate students.   The following attributes of an effective mentor will be considered by the committee in evaluating applicants:

  • Models excellence in scholarship, professional conduct, and integrity, instilling a desire in students to emulate these qualities
  • Encourages, inspires, and supports students to reach their full potential in ways that are tailored to each individual
  • Fosters the development in students of competencies in critical thinking, scholarly rigour, breadth of understanding and creativity, and professional competencies in areas such as written and oral communication, scholarly integrity, and interpersonal interactions
  • Promotes and models a climate of respect and collegiality
  • Integrates students into the culture of the discipline, and helps them network with relevant individuals
  • Assists students to explore career options and to find fulfilling post-graduate positions
  • Advocates for students when necessary, and encourages them to make best use of institutional and professional opportunities (e.g., professional development workshops and courses, conferences)

Nominations will be adjudicated in recognition of the faculty members’ proven ability in these areas. Preference will be given to faculty members who have displayed sustained mentorship activity over many years involving many students. The awards will be awarded based on the quality and extent of mentoring of graduate students.

Nomination Procedures

To the department or unit - please email killam.fellowships@ubc.ca and request a folder for your nomination in UBC Workspace.  You may then submit your nomination package (or amended materials for a package being carried forward from a previous competition) into this folder. Please do not upload files for the Killam Excellence in Mentoring into your Awards workspace folder.  For further information about using Workspace, please see our Workspace instructions document.
Please use the Nomination Form

The information requested on the Nomination Form is extremely important to the university adjudication committee. It is designed to be completed on your computer using the “TAB” key to navigate through the document, and it is not expected that the entire space available will be filled for each section.

Each department is entitled to submit one nomination (either a new nomination or a nomination carried forward from a previous competition) for each category to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Each department may use whatever procedures it deems appropriate in the selection of its nominee and should consider nominations forwarded by graduate students.

The information on the Nomination Form will provide the following for adjudicators:
  1. Up to a two-page statement detailing why the nominee qualifies for the award, including the following information:

  • the essential and unique features of mentoring within the discipline in question
  • student productivity and excellence, as reflected in awards held, publications, conference papers, artistic performances and shows, and other scholarly accomplishments by students mentored
  • student progress, as reflected in retention rates, timely graduation, student satisfaction with graduate supervision, and student involvement in professional organizations
  • student placement, as reflected in the success of former students including positions held and contributions made to their chosen field
  1. A one-page statement by the nominee describing his or her philosophy on mentoring, and how he or she views the role, including comments on approaches to promoting student success

  2. A list of all individuals mentored, including brief descriptions of any notable circumstances of students.  Please use the Mentoring Record form.

In addition to the Nomination Form, each nomination package must include the following supporting materials:
  1. Up to five letters of support from individuals who are being/were mentored by the nominee, each including a summary of the author’s experience with the nominee and subsequent career development.  Letters from current or former graduate students will carry more weight. 

  • Only letters signed by the author are acceptable

  • Original, faxed, and scanned copies sent by email directly to the department are acceptable
  1. The nominee’s current curriculum vitae
  • If the nominee is not already using this format, please encourage them to use the CV for the Professoriate Stream template on the bottom of this UBC HR webpage.

Materials regarding undergraduate teaching will not be considered for this competition and should not be included in nomination packages.

Submission Procedures:

Departments may submit up to two nominations, one per category, no later than 17:00 PM, Friday September 21, 2018

Previous Award Winners

Competition

Award Winner

Department

Award

2017

Eric Jan

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

mid-career award

2017

Anne Martin-Matthews

Sociology

senior award

2016

Kevin Bennewith

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

mid-career award

2016

Sally Thorne

Nursing

senior award

2015

Jennifer Shapka

Educational & Counselling Psychology and Special Education

mid-career award

2015

Nicolas Jaeger

Electrical and Computer Engineering

senior award

2014

Purang Abolmaesumi

Electrical and Computer Engineering

mid-career award

2014

Wan Lam

Interdisciplinary Oncology

senior award

2014

Jo-ann Archibald

Educational Studies

senior award

2013

Rabab Ward

Electrical and Computer Engineering

senior award

2013

Laurel Schafer

Chemistry

mid-career award

2012

Carl Leggo

Language and Literacy Education

senior award

2012

Mark MacLachlan

Chemistry

joint award in the mid-career category

2012

Joanna McGrenere

Computer Science

joint award in the mid-career category

2011

Adlai Fisher

Sauder School of Business

mid-career award

2011

Michael Fryzuk

Chemistry

joint award in the senior category

2011

Brian McIlroy

Theatre and Film

joint award in the senior category

2010

Akram Alfantazi

Materials Engineering

mid-career award

2010

Robert Hancock

Microbiology and Immunology

joint award in the senior category

2010

Dolph Schluter

Zoology

joint award in the senior category

2009

John Grace

Chemical and Biological Engineering

 

2008

Rita Irwin

Curriculum and Pedagogy

 

2007

Geraldine Pratt

Geography

 

2006

T. Andrew Black

Faculty of Land and Food Systems

 

2005

Derek Gregory

Geography

joint award

2005

William Milsom

Zoology

joint award

2004

Joan Anderson

School of Nursing

joint award

2004

George McWhirter

Theatre, Film and Creative Writing

joint award