Announcing the 2020 JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award Recipients: Dr. Douglas McDougall and Dr. Ted Sargent

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas McDougall and Dr. Ted Sargent—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.

Dr. Douglas McDougall, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning: Dr. McDougall’s achievements as a scholar and as a mentor of young educators are unparalleled. During his time as a faculty member at OISE, he has supervised 47 doctoral students and 22 master students to completion, and currently is supervising 13 doctoral students. He provides his students with guidance and opportunity, which lead to many of his graduates achieving highly successful careers, both in academia (McGill University, Ontario Tech University, Queen’s University, University of Toronto and numerous universities in the United States and Australia) and outside academia (project managers, principals, teachers). Dr. McDougall has been a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning for 23 years and an educator for 40 years.

Dr. Ted Sargent, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Dr. Sargent instills values of academic rigour, creativity, and innovation in his PhD students. His trainees have been among the University of Toronto’s most successful graduate students, on both the national and international stage, having received prestigious fellowships and awards. Over the last two decades, Dr. Sargent has consistently supported his trainees’ transition successfully into independent careers in academia or in industry. He holds the rank of University Professor in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology and was recently named U of T’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives.

About the Award

The annual JJ Berry Smith Supervision Award honours active faculty members who, over a minimum of a 15-year period, 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.

Click here to learn more about the award and this year’s recipients.

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