Concordia University has developed a multi-level approach and overall strategy for external prizes and awards that is modelled on best practices described by the Government of Canada under the Global Excellence Initiative. It also takes into account equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) commitments on best practices described under the Canada Research Chairs Program.
The President of Concordia is responsible for external prizes and awards at the University level, with operational oversight exercised by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies (OVPRGS). Direct oversight and management is the responsibility of the Associate Vice-President Research, Development and Outreach, supported by the Director, Research Development and the Advisor, Institutional Recognition Initiatives. Associate Deans, Research, working with Faculty-level Prizes and Awards Committees or Faculty Research Committees, support the identification and nomination of a diverse pool of candidates and ensure alignment with best practices for candidate selection.
The internal structures and processes by which Concordia is embedding EDI considerations within its nomination process for awards and prizes are outlined below.
At the University level, a University Prizes and Awards Committee (UPAC) – comprised of members of the University Research Committee plus two additional members with added awards experience – is responsible for providing high-level guidance and oversight of the external prizes and awards nomination process. More specifically, the UPAC meets twice per year and is responsible for:
At the Faculty level, Associate Deans, Research, working with Faculty-level Prizes and Awards Committees or Faculty Research Committees, are responsible for:
At the Department level, Associate Deans, Research, working with Department Chairs and the OVPRGS, are responsible for:
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