D.R. Campbell Merit Award

Deadline for nominations: April 29, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

The D.R. Campbell Merit Award was established by the Students’ Council in order to provide recognition for individuals who make a significant contribution to the improvement of the quality of life at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

Selection Criteria

The award is presented for “outstanding contribution” which is deemed to mean:

  • Dedicated service to U of T Scarborough beyond the person’s normal role
  • Initiation and development of a new U of T Scarborough program, facility, event, or publication

The recipient of the award is presented with a framed certificate at the annual Celebration of Distinguished Services. Any member of the UTSC community is eligible to receive the award, subject to the following criteria:


  • he/she is registered at the University of Toronto Scarborough in two or more courses
  • he/she has a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better


  • he/she has been employed at the University of Toronto Scarborough for two years or more
  • the reason for consideration for the award is not related to research, academic publications or course work

Non-Academic Staff

  • he/she has been employed at the University of Toronto Scarborough for two years or more

The award may not be given to the President of the Students’ Union, the Vice President and Principal, or the Vice Principal (Academic) and Dean of the University of Toronto Scarborough in the same year that the person is serving in office. Selection is made by a committee consisting of faculty, staff, and students.


The Nomination Package Components

A complete nomination package consists of ONE PDF file that contains the following:

  1. Only One Letter of Nomination written by a current student, staff or faculty member of the University community, detailing the specific contributions of the nominee, which address the selection criteria above.
  • The point form letter must include a clear and concise description of the candidate’s accomplishments and reason for nomination
*Self-nominations or packages that are compiled by the nominee will not be accepted  

  1. Only Three Letters of Support
  • Letters of support must not exceed three per package


Please find the D.R. Campbell Merit Award Sample Nomination Package for your reference here.

The nomination package should consist of one electronic PDF file to be sent to: Jennifer Curry, Director, Office of the Vice-President & Principal at curry@utsc.utoronto.ca. When submitting your package, please copy the individuals who have written letters of support on the email.
The list of past recipients can be found at D.R Campbell Merit Award Recipients.

Background on D.R. Campbell

D.R. Campbell, was a former principal of U of T Scarborough as well as a scholar, Second World War veteran, and agricultural economist. Campbell became a professor and associate dean at the University of Toronto, where he served from 1964 to 1970. Subsequently, he served as an economic advisor to Jordan in 1962, and in Kenya from 1970 to 1972. In 1972, Campbell returned to Canada to serve as principal of what was then called Scarborough College at U of T, where he led the campus until 1976. He spearheaded the creation of the first co-operative education program at U of T.

He was subsequently appointed president at the University of Manitoba, where he served as president from 1976 to 1981, followed by the post in Kenya. In 1984, he became director of the international development office of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), making efforts to assist Canadian universities in establishing productive relations with universities in the developing world. He returned to Africa in 1981 as part of a project with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).