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The search is on for Ontario's Best Lecturer


Nominations for "academic idol" close on October 2

 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.

TVO’s Best Lecturer competition is down to its last week and the race is on to get nominations in before the Oct. 2 deadline. Students and alumni are being encouraged to nominate the professor they believe rises above the rest by sending a persuasive 150- to 250-word e-mail to by the deadline. A panel of judges will choose 10 finalists from the nominee list to deliver complete televised lectures on TVO’s Big Ideas program in March 2008. Finalists are chosen for their ability to present complex ideas with clarity, energy and authority.

Last year, U of T Scarborough had eight semi-finalists and three finalists. The finalists were:  Professors Marc Fournier (psychology), Steve Joordens (psychology) and Maydianne Andrade (biological sciences).

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, now in its third year, is sponsored by TD Meloche Monnex and has played a key role in increasing the profile of Ontario’s great educators.

Last year’s competition attracted over 250 nominations from students and alumni across Ontario.

For more information and nomination forms, visit

by Anjum Nayyar

© University of Toronto Scarborough