John Dixon, outgoing Vice-Provost (International)
John Dixon is rewarded every time a Queen’s student comes home from studying abroad and shares the experience with him.
He understands the experience of being young, in a new country and trying to find your way. He lived in the United States and Sweden as a graduate student, working at both the University of Connecticut and Uppsala University.
“They tell me how the experience changed their outlook of the world and of Canada, and how they’ve come back a changed person,” says Dr. Dixon, who stepped down in June from his position as Vice-Provost (International). “I feel a great sense of accomplishment hearing how much the experience has impacted them.”
Dr. Dixon was appointed Associate Vice-Principal (Academic and International) in 2000, transitioning to Vice-Provost (International) in 2010. He has made significant contributions to raising Queen’s profile on the international stage, including creating formal institutional links all over the world, and building international opportunities for faculty and students.
Dr. Dixon is most proud of the strong relationships he’s helped forge with Chinese universities, including a strategic partnership with Fudan University, and connections with China’s top two post-secondary institutions, Peking and Tsingshua universities. In 2007, he established the China Liaison Office in Shanghai to facilitate cooperation between Queen’s and its Chinese education and government partners, as well as to support student recruiting and alumni relations.
Other highlights of the past decade include fostering the development of the Queen’s-Blyth International Studies Program and the Matariki Network of Universities, and continued support and pre-departure training for students through the Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy (OCASP).
Looking forward, Dr. Dixon hopes to see a more globalized Queen’s campus, with a diverse population and curriculum, and regular cultural events. “Recognizing that not all students will go abroad during their degree studies, we need to offer students a range of international experiences at home,” he says.
Dr. Dixon returns to Miller Hall this summer to continue his work as professor of structural geology in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering. James Lee, also a geology professor, stepped into the role of Vice-Provost (International) in July.