AFPC Janssen Award for Innovation in Education

I. Name of the Award:

"AFPC Janssen Award for Innovation in Education"

II. Donors:

Janssen and AFPC.

III. Purpose:

This Award will recognize the development of significant innovations in teaching, learning and/or assessment that have been implemented and evaluated by members of the academic staff and are currently in place and operating within a Faculty, College, or School of Pharmacy within Canada.

IV. Award:

  1. A suitable framed certificate will be presented to the recipient at the annual meeting of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC).
  2. Travel and accommodation expenses to a maximum of $500 will be provided for the recipient to attend the AFPC conference.
  3. The recipient will receive complimentary registration for the annual conference and a complimentary ticket to attend the Awards Banquet.        

V. Selection Criteria:

  1. AFPC members who have developed an innovation in pharmacy education are eligible for this award.
  2. The candidate (individual or team) will be selected based upon the innovation and demonstration of its impact within the candidate’s Faculty, College or School.

VI. Procedure for Nominating Eligible Candidates and Submitting Application:

  1. A candidate shall be nominated by at least two AFPC members (please use AFPC application form).
  2. The nominators will submit a letter indicating why the innovation is significant and the impact it has made within their Faculty, College or School and its applicability beyond their institution.
  3. The nominee shall sign the nomination form indicating willingness to let his/her name stand.
  4. The nominee will submit a portfolio in PDF of no more than 25 pages (excluding appendices), following the outline below. Clarity and conciseness will be valued in this portfolio.

Description of the innovation 40%

  • Describe intent and reasons for implementing the innovation.
  • State specific learning objectives/desired outcomes that the innovation addresses.
  • Include sample instructional or assessment materials.
  • Describe or provide examples of what happens in the course or specific activity (e.g., what the student does, what the instructor does)

Evidence of impact on student learning 40%

  • Include student and peer evaluations of the innovation.
  • Discuss how the evidence suggests that the strategy or materials are effective. May include student work samples, tables, etc.

Practicality/Workability/Transferability 10%

  • Discuss how easily the innovation might be implemented at other colleges and schools of pharmacy or within other experiential learning environments.

Personal reflections 10%

  • Describe what makes the approach/materials innovative in pharmacy education.
  • What does this innovation add to existing information in this area?
  • Discuss what was successful and not successful.
  • Describe any modifications planned and the rationale for those modifications.

      5. The nominee and nominators shall submit all materials in support of the application directly to the Executive Director of AFPC by March 1, 2017.

VII. Method of Selection:

  1. Prior to September 30 of each year, the Executive Director of AFPC shall inform all members of the terms of reference, criteria, and application procedures for the Award.
  2. Applications, including all relevant materials and documentation as outlined in 'Procedures for Nominating Eligible Candidates and Submitting Application', must be received by the Executive Director of AFPC no later than March 1, 2017. Applications should be forwarded by Email ( in PDF format.  This includes the standardized award application form - see pages three and four of the Awards Booket.
  3. The Awards Committee of AFPC shall review all applications and select the candidate who, in their judgment, best meets the criteria for the Award.
  4. The Awards Committee shall make their selection and forward the name of the winning candidate to the Executive Director of AFPC, who shall in turn inform the Donor, after appropriate ratification of the Committee's decision by the AFPC Executive.
  5. Presentation of the Award shall be made at the annual meeting of AFPC.
  6. The successful candidate must agree to attend the appropriate AFPC function to receive the Award.
  7. No individual may receive the Award more than once in any five (5) year period.
  8. If there is no suitable candidate, the Award shall not be given in that particular year.
  9. Nothing shall preclude the presentation of the Award posthumously, provided that the candidate was not deceased prior to twelve (12) months before the presentation of the Award.


AFPC Janssen Award For Innovation in Education

See Awards book for details.

Submission of award applications should occur by Email on or before the due date indicated for each award to Harold Lopatka.


2016-2017 Awards Book


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