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Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching winners announced

Jun 24, 2016 |

Congratulations to this year’s winners of SPPH’s Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Susan Cox for teaching a core course, and Dr. Kimberly McGrail for teaching an elective course.

This prize is named for Dr. Cortlandt John Gordon (C.J.G.) Mackenzie, who was the Acting Chairman of the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology (from which the School was formed), from 1969 to 1973 and Head of the Department from 1973 to 1980. Dr. Mackenzie passed away in 2013. The prize is awarded for the highest scores on students’ evaluations of course teaching in the School of Population and Public Health.

Dr. Susan Cox

Dr. Cox taught SPPH’s 521 (since renamed SPPH 621) – Approaches to Enquiry in Population and Public Health. Cox is an Associate Professor in the School, and a faculty member in the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics. As a sociologist and qualitative health researcher, Susan has extensive experience in applying the methods of the social sciences to applied ethics research and practice.

Student comments about her teaching include:

  • “Susan was an excellent facilitator of class discussions and engaged students to think reflectively and critically about the ethics and biases in our research. She is excellent at teaching qualitative methodologies and I found her lessons useful to relate back to my own work.”
  • “Susan is a first-rate instructor. She brings a tremendous amount of experience in qualitative and mixed methods research, and adds something very valuable to the team teaching dynamic. The course would not be as effective without her skills and experience in the room.”


Dr. Kimberlyn (Kim) McGrail

Dr. McGrail won the Mackenzie Prize for teaching the elective course SPPH 531 – Health Care Systems Analysis. She is an Associate Professor in the School, a faculty member with the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Scientific Director for Population Data BC, and an associate with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. McGrail’s current research interests are in evaluation of health system policy interventions, aging and the use and cost of health care services, and governance of access to data for research purposes.

Student comments about her teaching include:

  • “She’s the best teacher I have had in the program thus far – very knowledgable and approachable. Always provided useful comments and challenging questions which inspired learning.”
  • “It was evident that Dr. McGrail’s top priority was that students learn. She was available to meet with students one on one to mentor them, and provided constructive feedback on assignments.”