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The search is on for Ontario's best lecturer


Nominations for "academic idol" close on October 12

Do you have a professor that has inspired you, whose lectures have changed the way you see your academic discipline, or has made you want to run out to be the next Nobel Prize winner on a subject? If so, you may have just met Ontario’s Best Lecturer.

The race is on to get nominations in to the TVO Best Lecturer 2009 Competition before the October 12 deadline. Students and alumni are being encouraged to nominate the professor they believe rises above the rest. Last year, U of T Scarborough had two finalists, psychology professors Marc Fournier and Gerald Cupchik.

Nominating a lecturer can be done in two simple ways:

(1) Email with the subject line “Best Lecturer Nomination” and including in the body the full name of the professor, the university, campus and department where they teach, a short description of 50 to 100 words detailing the reasons a professor should be nominated as Best Lecturer, and the full name, email, address and telephone number of the person submitting the nomination.

(2) Text PROF to 333111 on a mobile device. After submitting the nomination form, a TVO producer may respond by email for more details. As an added incentive to support their school, each nominator will be entered into a contest to win one of two iPod Touch devices!

A panel of judges will choose 10 finalists from the nominee list to deliver complete televised lectures on TVO’s Big Ideas program. Finalists are chosen for their ability to present complex ideas with clarity, energy and authority.

Viewers will have a chance to grade each of the finalists and cast their vote for Ontario’s next Best Lecturer. The winner’s institution receives a $10,000 TD Meloche Monnex Scholarship. The lecture series is sponsored by TD Meloche Monnex and has played a key role in increasing the profile of Ontario’s great educators.

For more information on the TVO 2009 Best Lecturer competition, click here

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