Walter Ford Connell was by all accounts a highly regarded educator and mentor here at Queen’s. Among many accomplishments he’s remembered for his critical role in the achievement of admitting women to the program and inspirational guidance to many graduating students.
For many years an award in his name has been presented to a faculty member at convocation. The award has been for ‘greatest contribution to students education’ and is the only teaching award presented. It is managed by the Aesculapian Society who determine the winner through a nomination and voting process.
This year the Society proposed expanding the award to faculty who are voted as best in three teaching domains:
- Excellence in Clinical Teaching
- Excellence in Lectureship
- Excellence in Mentorship
After input from senior faculty the revised terms were approved by MD-PEC.
It will be great to see this award presented to deserving faculty in these three vital areas at the convocation reception this spring.