Queen's University

For the Record: May 10, 2012

Wed, 05/09/2012


Faculty Appointments

Dr. Marcia Finlayson — Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Marcia Finlayson as Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy effective September 17, 2012. Dr. Finlayson comes to Queen’s from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she has been professor and director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Occupational Therapy at the College of Applied Health Sciences.

Following the completion of her MSc and PhD at the University of Manitoba in community health sciences, Dr. Finlayson was appointed in 1998 as an assistant professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at the College of Allied Health at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. She joined the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000, where she received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and to professor in 2010. Dr. Finlayson also holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and in the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia.

As an occupational therapist since 1987, Dr. Finlayson’s clinical experience has included inpatient care, outpatient rehabilitation, and work in community-based settings. She has been recognized as a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinical Specialist since 2004. As a researcher and scholar, Dr. Finlayson has a highly esteemed body of work that focuses on understanding the experiences and challenges of living with MS and enhancing the quality of life of people with MS and their caregivers. She has published 80 peer-reviewed articles, 12 book chapters, and delivered over 100 conference presentations at national and international meetings. She recently completed work on an edited text focused on MS rehabilitation. Since 2000, she has received more than $2.3 million in research funding.

A highly regarded and productive educator, Dr. Finlayson has mentored three postdoctoral fellows,12 doctoral students, and 11 master’s thesis students. She has delivered five graduate courses at UIC, served as a Senator at UIC, and participated in or chaired a wide variety of academic committees.

Dr. Finlayson served as editor of the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy from 2006 to 2011 and is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Centre on Aging and Supportive Environments at Lund University in Sweden. In 2007, the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society named Dr. Finlayson "Volunteer of the Year" and in 2009, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. Dr. Finlayson was the recipient of a 2011 Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

In making this announcement Dr. Harrison and Health Sciences Dean, Richard Reznick, extend their sincere gratitude on behalf of Queen’s University to Dr. Elsie Culham, who has led the School of Rehabilitation Therapy since July 2006, for her outstanding leadership and contributions.

Staff Appointments 

Cathy Keates — Director, Career Services

Cathy Keates is the new Director, Career Services, effective, May 1, 2012. As Director, Ms Keates will be responsible for the ongoing operations of Queen’s Career Services and ensure the delivery of an excellent standard of career advising and services to students and employers.

Ms Keates comes to this role with a wealth of experience in leading career centre staff, activities and planning. Prior to taking on the role as interim director at Queen’s in July 2011, Ms Keates worked as a consultant for five years assisting university student service departments with their planning and evaluation activities. While at York University, Ms Keates held a variety of positions at the Career Centre, including career program coordinator, special projects manager and associate director. Ms Keates has a Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology, from Simon Fraser University.


Faculty asked to confirm participation in convocation ceremonies

Friday, May 11 is the last day faculty members can book online for regalia to participate in the academic procession during spring convocation ceremonies.

Faculty members who are Queen’s graduates can book their regalia and confirm their participation by filling out the online form. Members of the academic procession who are not Queen’s graduates must make their own arrangements for hoods; however, they may reserve a black gown and confirm their participation using the online form.

Faculty members not requiring regalia can still confirm their attendance in the period leading up to the ceremonies after the May 11 deadline for booking regalia.

The full convocation schedule including the department and faculty breakdown is posted on the University Registrar website. Faculty members can pick up their regalia 30 minutes before each ceremony in Kingston Hall Room 209.

If there is difficulty submitting the form, please contact Brent Cameron, convocation and communications administrator, by email or call ext. 74050.

Renewal, tenure, promotion applications

Under the terms of the collective agreement between Queen’s and Queen’s University Faculty Association for faculty, librarians and archivists, Aug. 15 is the deadline for regular faculty to apply for renewal, tenure or promotion; librarians and archivists to apply for renewal, continuing appointment or promotion; and adjuncts to apply for promotion. Members must notify their unit head of their intent to apply for renewal, tenure, continuing appointment or promotion by July 1.

Articles that refer to these procedures: Article 24 – Employment Equity; Article 30 – Renewal, Tenure and Promotion for Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty Members; Article 31 – Renewal, Continuing Appointment and Promotion for Librarian and Archivist Members; Article 32.6 Promotion for Adjunct Members.


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