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Queen's University

For the Record: Jan. 23, 2014

January 27, 2014


Jan Allen – Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), is pleased to announce that Jan Allen has been appointed director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (AEAC). She had been the interim director of the AEAC since October 2012.

Ms. Allen earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts (Art History) degrees from Queen’s. She joined the AEAC staff team as associate curator in 1992 on completing her MA. She became curator of contemporary art in 1995 and chief curator/curator of contemporary art in 2006.

Her research has focused on art policy in Canada, electronic media, and socially and politically engaged contemporary art practices. As curator of contemporary art at the AEAC, she built the scope and magnitude of the contemporary art program and collections, garnering a reputation for high quality, innovative projects and collaborations. Many of her exhibition projects have toured nationally and/or internationally, and her publications have garnered numerous awards.

Ms. Allen has worked steadily during her career to create new opportunities for academic engagement and participation in the work of the gallery. She has also spearheaded a civic drive for cultural development in the City of Kingston since 2004. She presently serves on the arts advisory committee and the public art working group of the City of Kingston, and the advocacy committee of the Kingston Arts Council. She also sits on the advisory committee of the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, and on the board of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.


Principal’s Development Fund International Visitors Program 2014-15 — Invitation for applications

Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), is pleased to announce the following invitation for applications for funding under the Principal’s Development Fund International Visitors Program. The program aims to enrich the international dimensions of the university, both within our classrooms and within our research environment, by providing subsidies for international travel of scholars to Queen’s and scholars and staff from Queen’s. Full guidelines and application forms (including budget forms) are available on the website of the Principal’s Office.

Category 1 International Visiting Scholars (Open)

Category 2 International Visiting Scholars from Partner Institutions of the Matariki Network of Universities*

In the above two competitions, faculty members are invited to submit an application and budget to the dean of their faculty by April 18. Applications will be considered for visits to Queen’s during the 2014-15 academic year. Funding decisions will be announced in June.

Category 3 New International Research Collaborations

This competition facilitates visits to Queen’s by researchers from institutions outside of Canada (including current institutional partners) where there is potential to establish new research collaborations with Queen’s faculty. Applications for this fund may be made directly to the Interim Executive Director, International, in the Office of the Provost (, at any time during the 2014/15 academic year.

Category 4 Queen’s Visitors to Partner Institutions of the Matariki Network of Universities*

This category supports initiatives that build new collaborations and broaden Queen’s partnerships with fellow member institutions of the Matariki Network of Universities. Applications for subsidies to assist Queen’s faculty and staff to travel to these institutions may be made directly to the Interim Executive Director, International, in the Office of the Provost (, at any time during the 2014-15 academic year.

* Member Institutions of the Matariki Network of Universities:

Australia: University of Western Australia, Perth
Canada: Queen’s University 
Germany: Tübingen University
New Zealand: University of Otago, Dunedin
Sweden: Uppsala University 
UK: Durham University
USA: Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

The four programs described above are administered by the International Office. Please address questions about these programs to the attention of Barbara Yates.

Faculty, staff and students asked to serve on Senate committees

Committee service is a valuable way in which members of the university community participate in the governance of Queen's. Senate committees discuss issues of broad interest to the academic community, and make recommendations on policy and practice that are essential to the university's operations and evolution.

At this time the Senate Governance and Nominating Committee seeks faculty, staff and students who are willing to put their names forward for committee service. Terms are usually for two years, with the number of meetings per year depending on the particular committee's area of responsibility. For students, terms may be adjusted in accordance with dates of graduation.

For a list of vacancies, visit the Secretariat website. You can click on the committee name to read the terms of reference and composition. An online application form is at the bottom of the vacancy list.

Community members are urged to consider putting their name forward, either for a committee dealing with a subject that is of immediate interest or concern to you, or for a committee dealing with a subject that you know is important. Either way, committee work allows you to directly impact the way Queen's functions as a teaching and research institution, and as a community of scholars, students and staff.

Applications are accepted until March 21, 2014.

If you wish to discuss the opportunity of serving on a Senate committee, please feel free to contact the Secretariat Office at 613-533-6095.

Additional voluntary contributions to Queen's Pension Plan

Members of the Queen’s Pension Plan (QPP) can make Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) by payroll deduction each month without interruption, subject to a monthly contribution limit based on annual pensionable salary. Under this program, contributions will be deducted every month of the year and will continue indefinitely, so there is no need to renew each year.

With the exception of new employees (who may enrol at the beginning of their appointment), the opportunity to enrol is only available in February of each year. This annual window of opportunity also allows existing AVC contributors to increase their deductions (subject to the monthly limit) or decrease their deduction. Participants may stop their deduction at any time (subject only to re-enrolment restrictions).

If you wish to enrol or change your current monthly AVC deduction, please follow this link, print and complete the form and return it to the Pensions & Insurance Unit, Department of Human Resources, Fleming Hall, prior to Feb. 7, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at ext. 32070.


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