Departmental Award: The Louise Nasmith Award


This award will provide a junior faculty member with protected time to research, prepare, and disseminate a lecture or workshop on a change-related topic. It is anticipated that presentation venues will include DFCM local units and events as well as provincial, national, and international events. Ideally, the education initiative and related discussion will provide material for a scholarly publication. The award recipient will be supported for a half-day every week, for one year, with the support split equally between the DFCM and the recipient’s home division. Potential nominees are advised to speak to their site Chief in advance of the dossier submission. 


Any DFCM faculty member in the first 5 years of appointment, not including parental or other forms of leave, is eligible.


The selection committee will consider the following criteria based on a proposal’s capacity to:

  • Showcase and disseminate the ideas and achievements of junior faculty in the DFCM.
  • Stimulate discussion within the DFCM on unique topics not covered routinely through other mechanisms.
  • Stimulate and promote scholarship in the DFCM.
  • Promote activities between teaching units within DFCM.
  • Stimulate discussion about transformation and change.


Nominations can be made by any faculty or staff member of the DFCM, including self-nomination. The nominations will be considered by the DFCM Central Awards Committee. The nominator is responsible for the collection and submission of the award nomination package and informing the nominee of their nomination.

Nominations for a DFCM Award of Excellence must include the following:

  1. Completed nomination form that includes the supporting signature of a teaching site Chief, DFCM Program Director, Division Head or Supervisor.
  2. Two letters of support indicating why this individual is being nominated in the selected category. Letters that are the most helpful address the criteria for the award and present evidence supporting the nominee’s excellence in those criteria.
  3. CV.
  4. Must include a letter from the nominee’s Department/Division Head/Chief indicating that they will provide matching funds should the nominee be selected. This can be a brief letter simply indicating their approval or it can be counted as one of the two letters of support for the nominee.
  5. Additional material documenting evidence of excellence may be submitted. A maximum of 3 additional documents can be added to the nomination. These may include letters of support, project proposals, educational materials, etc.  


Please download the nomination form and include it in the nomination package:

1. DFCM Awards of Excellence Nomination Form_FINAL.docx

Please submit by email the completed nomination form and corresponding award application documentation in a single PDF file by April 15 (annually) to