CAMH Vice President of Education Dr. Ivan Silver has been awarded the prestigious President’s Teaching Award from the University of Toronto. The award recognizes Ivan for sustained excellence in teaching, research in teaching, and the integration of teaching and research.
One of three distinguished recipients of this award, Dr. Silver is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is now designated by the University as a member of the Teaching Academy for a period of five years and will be periodically called upon to discuss teaching-related matters and to advise the Vice-President and Provost. He will also receive $10,000 a year for five years to further his work.
“The essential tenet of my teaching philosophy is that effective teaching is embedded in the relationship that I have with students whether I am meeting them individually, in small or large groups or online,” says Dr. Silver. “Good relationships involve good conversation and exchange of ideas, mutual respect (including respect for autonomy), trust, genuineness, and interest in the other, playfulness, empathy and emotional warmth. These features of good relationships have been the drivers in my teaching career to seek out or create “anew” teaching formats that support this philosophy.”
Dr. Silver is a nationally and internationally respected scholar in the areas of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration, Continuing Education and Professional Development, and Faculty Development. He has built a national reputation as a skilled clinician, an esteemed teacher and educator, and a creative facilitator. He has profoundly influenced health professions education at and outside the University of Toronto as a teacher and mentor, as a translational scholar, as a faculty developer and as an educational leader with a passion for creating and nurturing a culture of teaching and learning.
Read more about the President’s Teaching Awards on the University of Toronto website.