Elizabeth Kenny McCann Scholar Award (2019-2020)

Deadline: Midnight, Monday, November 26, 2018

The purpose of the Elizabeth Kenny McCann Scholar Award is to support and enhance teaching/learning pedagogy and scholarship in the UBC School of Nursing (SoN). Building on the capacity and strengths within the faculty, the award supports leadership of an engaged and interactive process toward capitalizing on the unique expertise and diversity of students and creating the best learning environment possible within the context of a research intensive university.

The award is made possible through a fund developed in memory of Elizabeth Kenny McCann. Beth McCann was a leading force in the development of nursing education in British Columbia. A well loved faculty member in the School of Nursing for 35 years, she served in a variety of roles, including Acting Director. Most importantly she developed a special relationship with students and exemplified a student-centered approach to teaching and learning. In her honour, this scholar award will enable a faculty leader to support teaching/learning initiatives within the UBC School of Nursing. This will include devoting significant attention to optimizing the engagement of faculty in new and evolving pedagogical and curricular processes.

Proposed Activities and Projects

Applicants are invited to develop a written proposal of no more than 5 pages detailing their expertise and vision for providing leadership and faculty support in teaching and learning activities for the two year award period (January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020). In addition to the 5 page application, a 1 page budget should be submitted to detail how the $20,000 ($10,000 per year) that accompanies this prestigious award will be used to support the activities described in your proposal.

At least 4 of the following points should be explicitly addressed within the application and where possible direct linkages to the UBC SON strategic plan should be made. 

  • Identifying and capitalizing on synergies between teaching and learning experts and groups
  • Developing e-learning and simulation
  • Knowledge exchange activities to promote teaching scholarship
  • Leading strategies to enhance evidence synthesis, and the application of that knowledge to pedagogy and curriculum development
  • Extending on linkages with clinical practice agencies
  • Catalyzing interdisciplinary learning opportunities 
  • Leveraging external funding for teaching scholarship

Format: The application can be a maximum of 5 pages, double-spaced, for the proposal, plus 1 page for the budget. The entire document must at a minimum, have a ¾ inch (2 cm) margin and use a 12 point font (no condensed/narrow fonts, type, or spacing).

Deadline: The application should be submitted by email to onrts@nursing.ubc.ca by midnight on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time tenure-track UBC School of Nursing faculty members. The successful applicant will hold the award for two years.

Budget: The award includes $10,000/year for two years (total: $20,000), made available to the award holder to realize the vision outlined in their proposal. 

Evaluation: Applications will be reviewed by a peer-review committee, and a recommendation will be made to the UBC School of Nursing Director based on that review. Competition applicants will be notified by December 14, 2018. The start date for the successful applicant is January 1, 2019.

Reporting: The Elizabeth Kenny McCann Scholar Award holder will provide progress updates to the Associate Director, Research, as requested. As well, at the end of the award term, the award holder will submit a final report, and present on it at a subsequent faculty caucus meeting.

Contact: Please contact onrts@nursing.ubc.ca with any questions regarding this competition.