Friday, May 24, 2013
Date: May 17, 2013
Re: Honorary Degree Nominations, 2013-14
In September, the Committee for Honorary Degrees will begin meeting to consider candidates for the awarding of honorary degrees at the 2013 and some of the 2014 convocations. We would like to encourage interest and participation in this important process, and urge you and your colleagues to submit nominations for exceptional individuals.
By awarding honorary degrees, the University of Toronto seeks to recognize extraordinary achievement, in Canada or abroad, in community, national or international involvement, and to honour those individuals whose accomplishments are of such generally perceived excellence that they provide, through example, inspiration and leadership to the graduates of the University. Their esteem should be such that, by virtue of accepting an honorary degree, their presence will bring honour and distinction to the University of Toronto.
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The Committee defines as broad a range of categories for achievement as possible in obtaining and considering nominations. In determining the leaders and exemplars to honour, it will seek over time to achieve a balance across disciplines and backgrounds. The Committee also considers the association nominees may have with the University of Toronto or with higher education more broadly. The award of an honorary degree is an important statement of recognition and respect from the University to the broader community. It is also an excellent way to build special relationships between your Faculty, Department, Centre or College and outstanding individuals who symbolize the best of our institution.
A Sub-committee for Nominations works to ensure that the Committee is able to consider the broadest and deepest possible pool of high quality candidates. In addition to providing input on the nominations received, the Sub-committee may contact members of the University and external communities in order to generate nominations, and will also follow up with nominators to obtain more thorough information if it is required.
Nominations are kept active for a period of one year. If you have submitted a nomination since December 2012, it will be brought forward to the Committee for its consideration this September. For candidates who have not been successful, we recommend a waiting period of not less than 2 years before re-nomination, unless there are special circumstances. We recommend re-submissions that can stand on their own, rather than recycling or relying on earlier nominations, as this ensures that the committee will take a fresh look at the submission.
Please note that it is a requirement that honorary degree recipients attend Convocation for the conferral of their degrees. For two categories of nominees, the conferral of honorary degrees will not normally occur until a minimum of two years has elapsed following their retirement from active service in their field, and consequently, nominations should not be submitted until at least one year has elapsed. First are nominees who are currently active in political life, though exceptions may be considered for Governors-General and Lieutenant-Governors, as well as for judges and others whose appointments place them outside active partisan politics. The second category includes nominees who are serving members of the Governing Council or of the University staff, upon whom honorary degrees should not be conferred until a minimum of two years following their retirement or departure from the University. In exceptional circumstances, the Committee may choose to waive these requirements in order to allow the University to honour truly meritorious individuals.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Dalhousie University, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering: Assistant Professor in the area of Civil Engineering
- Any staff member may nominate an individual or team for the award, whereas in the past it was implied that only Managers could nominate. If the nominator is not the nominee’s supervisor, he or she will need to discuss the nomination with the person’s supervisor prior to submission.
- Unionized administrative employees (non-academic employees) may be recognized as members of a team or as individual contributors.
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Fellowship Opportunity: Help Bring Novel U of T Technologies to the Marketplace
Deadline: May 31, 2013
Calling all faculty members: nominate a recent entrepreneurial graduate for a one-year HeffernanCommercialization Fellowship.
This Fellowship invites a professor to nominate their chosen candidate, and stay involved through mentoring throughout the prototype development and commercialization phases of the project. The end goal is to enable research technology developed at U of T to become new, successful technology-based companies in Ontario.
The winning Fellow will receive $32,000 over the one-year period of this special fellowship and will become the principal of their newly created company.
Join the ranks of successful past fellowship recipients like U of T Computer Science graduate Anand Agarawala, whose rapid-growth start-up company BumpTop was successfully sold to Google. Or Carlos de Oliveira (CivE MASc 0T6), whose research on earthquake-resistant structural casting led to the founding of Cast ConneX Corp.
Guidelines and Letter of Intent. Applications should be emailed to: Laura De Bartolo at: email@example.com