AFPC National Award for Excellence in Education

Name of the Award:

AFPC National  Award for Excellence in Education




To recognize the development of major innovations in pharmacy education by  members of the academic staff of Faculties, Colleges or Schools of Pharmacy in Canada.


  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 also receive complimentary registration for the annual conference and a complimentary ticket to attend the Awards Banquet.        

Selection Criteria:

  1. Each candidate must be an active member of the academic staff of the Faculties, Colleges, or Schools of Pharmacy in Canada.
  2. The candidates for the Award shall be:
    1. pursuing an active teaching career in pharmacy; and
    2. exerting a broad influence on pharmaceutical education as recognized by peers at the nominee's university and at national levels.
  3. The candidates shall be selected based upon evidence to support:
    1. their leadership role in the development of University teaching and learning beyond his or her courses. Specific examples include:
      1. Conducting seminars, workshops, conferences or other events for university colleagues on teaching/learning topics
      2. Work with teaching/learning committees or centres
      3. Papers, texts, newsletters or other publications on university teaching
      4. Research on university teaching/learning problems
      5. Organizing an orientation program for teaching assistants
      6. Work on curriculum projects
      7. Work within organizations/associations that have a mandate to support university teaching and learning
      8. Any other evidence that might be helpful to the Awards Committee
    2. their teaching excellence, as recognized by peers and students. Some examples include:
      1. Data from teaching evaluations over several years (preferably with normative data)
      2. A list of special course development effort
      3. A list of teaching awards received
      4. A description of any particularly effective teaching strategies
      5. Letters from colleagues and students
      6. An example of course materials
      7. Any other evidence that might be helpful to the Selection Committee
    3. their distinguished teaching career involving specific innovations in pharmaceutical education.

Procedures for Nominating Eligible Candidates:

  1. Candidates shall be nominated by at least two AFPC members (see AFPC application form).
  2. The nominees shall sign the nomination forms indicating their willingness to let their names stand.
  3. The nominators shall submit a covering letter, not exceeding two (2) pages, outlining the qualifications of the nominees that make them worthy of the Award, according to the 'Criteria for Selection' for the Award.
  4. Each application shall include a complete, current curriculum vitae, provided by the nominee. The c.v. shall include information concerning the nominee's academic training and concerning the nominee's teaching specialties.
  5. The nominees shall also provide details concerning their contributions to innovative teaching strategies: These strategies must be in place and operating as part of a professional pharmacy curriculum. The strategies themselves can be part of curriculum; integral parts of certain courses, or related to the concepts of life-long learning and continuing education. The descriptions of innovative strategies that are implemented in the basic sciences and in the clinical sciences are both deemed to be appropriate. Strategies that are directed towards outcomes are considered to be most pertinent in judging the merits of individual contributions.
  6. The nominees and nominators shall undertake to submit all material in support of each application directly to the Executive Director of AFPC by March 1, 2017.

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', must be received by the Executive Director of AFPC no later than March 1, 2017. Applications should be forwarded by Email ( in PDF format unless the documents are excessively large. If materials are mailed please include the original plus 4 copies.  This includes the standardized award application form - see pages three and four of the AFPC Awards Booklet.
  3. The Awards Committee of AFPC shall review all nominations and select the candidate who, in their judgement, best meets the criteria for the Award.
  4. The Awards Committee shall solicit opinions from recognized experts regarding the eligibility of the candidate for the Award.
  5. The Awards Committee shall make their selection no later than April 1, 2017 and forward the name of the winning candidate to the Executive Director of the AFPC.
  6. Presentation of the Award shall be made at the annual meeting of the AFPC.
  7. The successful candidate must agree to attend the appropriate AFPC function to receive the Award.
  8. No individual may receive the Award more than once in any ten (10) year period.
  9. If there is no suitable candidate, the Award shall not be given in that particular year.
  10. 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 National Award for Excellence 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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