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2013 OISE Administrative Staff Excellence Award recipients announced

The OISE community is celebrating the news that three staff members have been accorded OISE’s highest honours for administrative staff, announced today.

“The Staff Excellence Awards acknowledge the importance that OISE places on the integral role staff play in advancing OISE’s mission and reputation,” said Dean Julia O’Sullivan. “We are truly privileged to honour them for their outstanding contributions to the life of the OISE community.”

Ian MacLeod and Bill Rankovic, assistant registrars in the Registrar’s Office and Morgan Selvanathan, program administrator in the Concurrent Teacher Education program are proud recipients of the Dr. Claire Alleyne Staff Excellence Award, the 2013 Leadership Award, and the 2013 Innovation Award respectively.

Ian MacLeodIan MacLeod, recipient of the Dr. Claire Alleyne Staff Excellence Award, leads the Initial Teacher Education admissions unit, and in this role he demonstrates an unwavering commitment to teacher education. “You should talk to Ian,” has been an often heard piece of advice heard around OISE over the years. Ian’s knowledge of OISE and U of T, his expertise in education regulatory policy, the teaching profession and international education systems make him a valuable resource at OISE and beyond. On learning of his honour, he exclaimed, “I was delighted and surprised to get an award named after Claire Alleyne, who is my role model and mentor, and to be recognized by my peers is humbling, especially considering that anything I might take credit for having contributed is only possible because I have this super team of service-oriented people.”

As a tireless promoter of OISE’s teacher education programs in outreach and university career/professional fairs, Ian has spoken to thousands of prospective student, and his fame extends even into social media: “Whoever was working the @OISENews booth at the #WesternU Grad Fair today was approachable & incredibly helpful. My regards & thanks!” tweeted Brent Duncan, a Varsity rower and History/English student @WesternU. Going on the road is one of the highlights of his job, Ian says, “I really like going out on the road every fall and talking to people about their future in the context of applying for programs at OISE, especially now that I’m getting more information that I can feed into these processes about the full range of graduate programs as well as teacher education."

Bill RankovicFor Bill Rankovic, the key words in the Leadership Award description are ‘motivation’ and ‘inspiration.’ “Motivating people who are incredibly motivated to begin with is fun, and as for the inspiration; that was me being inspired by the striving for excellence that is always floating around in the OISE ether,” says Bill. “My recent stint as Acting Registrar showed me a different world, different people and yet they were still the same, excellent folks everywhere I look who are working for a better OISE, supporting our students and the broader OISE community as a whole.”

This past summer, Bill lent his considerable motivational and inspirational leadership skills to the larger OISE community when he stepped into the role of Acting Registrar. Throughout his various roles, Bill has shown a natural ability to lead. He has a remarkable willingness to pitch in, establish connections with people and foster team-building and goal-setting. People who work with Bill describe him as approachable, humble, humorous, sincere and positive. “I am absolutely thrilled about this award; it is both shocking and wonderful. It’s really an award for being surrounded by amazing teams. They have been all around me since I first started at OISE many years ago, and the source of much of the learning and skills I have absorbed over the years. You always try to pick up the best from others and I think I have done that,” he said.



Morgan SelvanathanMorgan Selvanathan’s colleagues in the Concurrent Teacher Education Program (CTEP) soon realized what a treasure they had acquired when he came to work as program administrator three years ago. His depth of knowledge of computers and expertise in technology and systemic thinking have allowed him to comprehend and devise creative solutions that resulted in the improvement of new business processes for streamlining information collection, organization and retrieval. Morgan, who trained in systems thinking in database technology and knowledge management at Ryerson University, says “I am extremely honoured to have been nominated for this award. It would not have been possible without the support I received from the people who nominated me, as well as the trust they showed in my ability to do the job.”

Among his many accomplishments, Morgan developed innovative database solutions to address CTEP field placements, language proficiency test administration, and human resources contracts and associated processes. The thing Morgan enjoys most about his job? “I really enjoy creating something which enables people to do a job in a much easier and faster way, and thinking about how to integrate all into a comprehensive, integrated model, and see how it could be applied,” he says.



The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Staff Excellence Award was established in 2007-08 by OISE’s Registrar, Dr. Claire Alleyne to recognize and reward outstanding staff in acknowledgement of the importance that OISE assigns to the integral role of OISE staff as full partners in its education enterprise. On the occasion of her retirement in 2010, the award was renamed in her honour. In 2012, two more staff awards were introduced.



Photos: OISE News