Professor Clifford Orwin receives the inaugural JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award

May 21, 2013

The annual JJ Berry Smith Supervision Award honours active faculty members who, over a minimum of a fifteen-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; and fostering a strong sense of academic integrity.

Professor Clifford Orwin has been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science for almost forty years. A supervisor whose style of mentorship is often referred to by his students as “tough love”, Clifford Orwin is greatly admired and appreciated for his “exacting standards”. He has supervised 22 dissertations to completion and is currently serving as supervisor to 6 doctoral students. Clifford Orwin was praised for his commitment to the achievements of his students and their career progress as he guides them to positions both within and outside academe. His students have gone on to academic appointments at Western University, University of British Columbia, Yale University and Emory University; other students have gone on to careers outside the academe as writers, attorneys and policy analysts. He was singled out by his nominators for his commitment to his students, noting that he is dedicated to “coaxing the very best work from each student”. Professor Orwin will receive a JJ Berry Smith Supervisory Award Certificate, his name on a plaque housed at the School of Graduate Studies, as well as a SGS Conference or Travel Grant to support a current doctoral student.

To read more about Professor Clifford Orwin and his work please click here.