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Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award

Eligibility and Selection Criteria | Nomination Requirements | Nomination Form


As the country’s leading research-intensive university, the University of Toronto is committed to serving as a public steward of knowledge by ensuring that the scholarship we generate is made available to the broader community. The innovative work executed by the University’s top faculty has consistently made an impact both within and beyond academic circles, at national and international levels.

In light of this, the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award of up to $800 will be presented annually to a member of the University of Toronto teaching staff whose scholarship has had a significant impact on public policy.

Award recipients will be honoured at the Awards of Excellence ceremony held annually in the Spring of each year.


The Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award was created on the occasion of Carol Tuohy’s departure from her role as Vice-President, Government and Institutional Relations. This award honours her many contributions to the University.

As a faculty member of the department of political science, Carolyn Tuohy was a highly regarded scholar in her area of comparative public policy. She was also a consultant to both the provincial and federal government on health care policy. Tuohy held several senior administrative posts at the University of Toronto, including Vice-President, Policy Development, Associate Provost, and most recently, Vice-President, Government and Institutional Relations. During her term, the University successfully advocated for increased investment in post-secondary education, particularly through involvement with the Rae Review and the subsequent Provincial Budget.


In making its decision, candidates will be evaluated by the Selection Committee based on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence as a teacher and a scholar
  • Impact on public policy, whether at the municipal, provincial, national, or international level
  • The magnitude of the impact of the faculty member’s contributions to public policy and his/her contribution to the University’s national and international reputation


A complete nomination package for the Tuohy Award must include the following:

  • Completed nomination form.
  • Cover letter that addresses the selection criteria outlined above
  • Current curriculum vitae for the candidate
  • Summary of contributions to public policy, with specific details that highlight the nature and magnitude of the candidate’s impact
  • One (1) letter of endorsement from the Dean or Chair
  • Four (4) letters of support, at least two (2) of which must be external to the University and are able to assess the candidate’s impact on public policy


  • Please do not submit more than the required number of documents/letters, as outlined in the individual award requirements. Supplementary documents will not be considered.
  • It is the responsibility of the nominator to ensure that nomination packages are complete. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered by the Selection Committee.
  • It is recommended that all documents and letters be typed rather than handwritten.
  • All letters of support are confidential and will be viewed by members of the Selection Committee only. Those who wish to view the letters for publicity or information purposes must first obtain permission from the individual who wrote the letter.
  • It is recommended that the nominee be informed of the nomination.


Complete nomination package must be received by Friday, December 9, 2016.


Nominations may be resubmitted up to three (3) consecutive years. Each resubmission must be accompanied by a new nomination form and nomination letter. It is the nominator‘s responsibility to contact all previous supporters for permission to carry forward letters of support.

Unsuccessful nominations that exceed the three-year limit may be resubmitted after a one-year hiatus, provided that a new package is assembled. It is the responsibility of the nominator to retain copies of the complete nomination package for future reference or resubmissions.

To resubmit a nomination, please email

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