Keep Professor Vervaeke at U of T sign now

To whom it may concern:

The current and former students of Professor John Vervaeke hereby petition the University of Torontos Faculty of Arts and Science (hereafter referred to as the U of T) to take immediate and decisive action to ensure that Dr. Vervaeke remains at the U of T. We recognize that the U of Ts continuing failure to award Dr. Vervaeke with any form of job stability beyond sessional lectureship has resulted in a situation in which he is seeking a position at other universities.

We recognize that Dr. Vervaeke provides invaluable teaching to us, his students, as recognized by his numerous teaching awards such as the U of T 2000-2001 SAC-APUS Teaching Award, and his nomination to TVOs Best Lecturer Challenge in 2006.

We further recognize that beyond his excellent and inspiring teaching, Dr. Vervaeke is engaged in research on the cutting edge of the burgeoning field of cognitive science, as demonstrated by his recent co-authorship of a ground breaking paper, Relevance Realization and the Emerging Framework for Cognitive Science (2009) as well as countless other research papers.

In light of Dr. Vervaekes teaching and research excellence and the resulting value he provides to the U of T and its students, we hereby urge the U of T to take action in the interest of retaining Dr. Vervaeke, particularly to award him with a Senior Lecturer position.

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  • 06 January 2016500. Julia K
    The best lecturer I've had thus far (and I've attended U of T for three years)
  • 28 December 2015499. Sarah H
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015498. Lynne S
    I support this petition
  • 10 December 2015497. Mailing T
    Professor Vervaeke is one of the most engaging profs that I've had at UofT; both in personality and intellect. I truly believe that Professor Vervaeke is an asset to your faculty given his passion and expertise for the subjects that he teaches.
  • 22 November 2015496. Eun Jis
    Student Number 996441729 He is undoubtedly one of the best professor I've ever had in four years of university. I am enraged that U of T fails to see value of having him on campus. I find this disrespectful. Vervaeke should be the last one to dismiss in
  • 03 September 2015495. Kristina K
    Prof. Vervaeke was one of the best professors I've had the pleasure of learning from and his classes have been invaluable to me. His enthusiasm made me enjoy going to class and enjoy the process of learning.
  • 12 August 2015494. Yoonhee L
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 07 August 2015492. Matt Z
    I support this petition
  • 03 August 2015491. Madeleine S
    he is amazing.
  • 23 July 2015490. Julian C
    Student Number 993367236 Best professor I during my tenure at the University of Toronto
  • 22 July 2015489. Josh P
    I support this petition
  • 13 July 2015488. Adam G
    Student Number 992158482 I've taken over 45 credits at this institution, so I have a substantial basis for comparison, and Professor Vervake has done the most to provoke original thought, and original research in me. Without his presence here, many inter
  • 09 July 2015487. Emily L
    Student Number 995286943 HE'S THE BEST PROF I HAVE EVER HAD IN UofT
  • 08 July 2015486. Robert A
    GOG250 would not be here if it wasn't for Dr. Vervaeke, we would also loose someone who TEACHES (not just lectures)
  • 01 July 2015485. Tim R
    I support this petition
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  • 05 June 2015480. Chantale S
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 04 June 2015478. Harley M
    Student Number В Any student who has attended Professor Vervaeke's lectures has witnessed his keen insight, generous spirit, (com)passionate teaching, and unwavering commitment to Cognitive Science. For as long has he as been the gateway lecturer (JUP250
  • 31 May 2015477. Carlton M
    Student Number В The most inspiring and thoughtful professors I know.
  • 29 April 2015476. Zhongming Q
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 31 March 2015474. Ambrose T
    I support this petition

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Diann MeyerBy:
Justice, rights and public orderIn:
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The University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science


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