Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award

Overview and Call for Nominations

Recognition will be given to one Postdoctoral Supervisor who has demonstrated exemplary support for postdoctoral scholars at York University, exceeding general supervisory expectations. One Postdoctoral Supervisor will be honored with the Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award at the Postdoctoral Welcome and Networking event each September.

Nominations must provide evidence that the nominee:

  • is a role model for intellectual leadership and professionalism in research;
  • provides an exemplary environment of support for professional skill development in research;
  • promotes and models a climate of respect and collegiality;
  • offers advocacy and guidance in long-term personal, professional and career development.

Letters of nomination should address specific examples of the nominee’s mentorship creativity, excellence, and dedication.

Eligibility

  • All faculty in all Departments and Programs at York University who supervise Postdoctoral Scholars are eligible. Nominees may be at any stage in their academic career.
  • 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.

Nomination Process

  • The Faculty of Graduate Studies will initiate an annual nominations process.
  • Nominations may only be submitted by postdoctoral scholars conducting research under the supervision of a York University faculty member at the time of the call for nominations, and/or within the same academic year (July 1 — June 30).
  • The process of reviewing and selecting the nominations will be confidential and coordinated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Candidates must not see the letters of nomination from postdoctoral scholars nor be aware of who has, or has not, contributed a letter.
  • The successful candidate will be announced during the Postdoctoral Welcome and Networking event each September.

Please submit nomination letters (2 page maximum, TNR 11pt font, margins at 0.75”) to the Postdoctoral Services Coordinator, Kim McIntyre (kimmcint@yorku.ca), by no later than June 1 each year.

Adjudication

At a minimum, nominations will be reviewed by the Associate Dean Academic at the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or delegate) and the Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning (or delegate). Nominations will be adjudicated according to the following criteria:

Evidence that the nominee:

  • is a role model for intellectual leadership and professionalism in research;
  • provides exemplary environment of support for professional skill development in research;
  • promotes and models a climate of respect and collegiality;
  • offers advocacy and guidance in long-term personal, professional and career development.

Letters of nomination should address specific examples of the nominee’s mentorship creativity, excellence, and dedication.

One nominee will be selected to receive the York University Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award annually.

Timeline and Communications

Activity Communication Date
Launch of Competition E–mail notification to all postdocs, ADRs, ORU Directors, others March 15
Reminder E–mail reminder to all postdocs, ADRs, ORU Directors, others May 1
Nomination Deadline June 1
Nomination Administrative Review E–mail follow up to nominators as required Second week of June
Files to Review Committee Third week of June
Adjudication Meeting July
Awardee announced Y-File story, FGS website profile, etc. September