Prof. Arthur Ripstein is a recipient of the JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award, which recognizes his outstanding performance as a doctoral supervisor over 30 years.
A Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, Dr. Ripstein has a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge base that enables him to mentor students with a range of scholarly interests. Since 1988, he has supervised an unprecedented number of doctoral students (19 to date) while fulfilling extensive administrative duties and public commitments. His dual talents as a teacher and researcher were recognized with a 2012 University of Toronto Alumni Association Faculty Award. Called “a role model for all academics” by one former graduate student, he provides students with the means to find their own conclusions, and strongly supports their professional development both during and after their graduate studies.
The JJ Berry Smith Supervision Awards recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence by inspiring and guiding students to reach excellence in scholarship, providing an environment that is supportive and stimulating, enabling students to learn the essential methodologies, concepts and cultures of their discipline, introducing students to the wider content of the discipline and relevant communities of scholars, positioning students for future careers both within and outside academe and fostering a strong sense of academic integrity.