Dr. Maureen Dobbins wins President's Award
Nov 15, 2019
Photo above: (Left to right) Dr. David Farrar, acting president and vice-chancellor of McMaster University; Dr. Maureen Dobbins; Dr. Sandra Carroll, vice-dean, Health Sciences & executive director, School of Nursing. Photographer: Emily Belita.
Dr. Maureen Dobbins, professor in the School of Nursing, was honoured with the President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision for the Faculty of Health Sciences this year.
The Graduate Student Recognition Awards Celebration took place on November 14 at The Phoenix Craft House and Grill on campus.
During her tenure at McMaster, Dobbins has taught thousands of nursing students, many of whom have moved on to productive impactful careers in healthcare. Her interests in Public Health and as the Scientific Director for the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) has offered her the unique ability to share her expertise on evidence-informed decision-making and knowledge translation as well as her understanding of engaging key stakeholders at both national and provincial levels with her trainees. Sharing her expertise and passion for evidence appraisal, synthesis, and dissemination has always been forefront for Dobbins and is evident in the positive feedback obtained from the students she has supervised who clearly value her mentorship, teaching, and supervision.
Dr. Nancy Carter is the assistant dean, Nursing Graduate Program. “Maureen is a very supportive supervisor to Masters and PhD students in our program. She is also an excellent teacher in the graduate program and consistently works to make sure the course she teaches is meeting the learning needs of our nurse practitioner and course-based students,” says Carter.
Dr. Dobbins notes that, “I am truly honoured to be recognized by current and past graduate students and trainees as a supportive mentor and champion. I have had the opportunity to work with exceptional students over my career, and it is wonderful to see them flourishing in their respective careers. I owe this award to my mentors and supervisors who modelled for me outstanding mentorship, which I have tried to aspire to with my students. I look forward to continuing to work with and learning from the next generation of health research leaders and decision-makers in the years to come.”