The Faculty of Environment would like to congratulate School of Environment Resources and Sustainability researcher Derek Armitage as the 2017-2018 recipient of the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision.
“I am very appreciative of this honour and the efforts made by all those that supported my nomination. Mostly, the award reminds me of what a wonderful privilege it is to work with, mentor and learn from thoughtful and committed people,” said Armitage.
Armitage, who studies the human dimensions of environmental change (local to global) and emerging forms of environmental governance, is also the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Environment.
“I see graduate supervision as community-building. For example, I have tried to ensure our research group (ECGG) is enjoyable context to share ideas and to find support among peers. I think we have all benefitted intellectually and socially by being part of this group process,” he said.
The Faculty of Environment is the most graduate studies-intensive faculty at the University of Waterloo. It has continually showed its commitment to attracting future leaders in sustainability from across the country by inviting the best and the brightest to join our doctoral programs. The Faculty has 35 funded doctoral opportunities, $100,000 over four years, for Canadian/Permanent Resident students as part of its Dean’s Doctoral Initiative.
“I am also driven to create opportunities for students as a high priority, whether that is helping secure funds for field work or conferences, by getting students involved in research and writing projects, or by connecting them into larger networks of researchers and research partners,” added Armitage. “Ultimately, I want graduate students to feel they have developed the ideas and skills that will take them to where they want to go next. Creating a culture for a successful graduate experience enables our students to achieve great things. It’s fantastic to a part of their journey.”