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Queen's University

It’s signed! We have an ‘Academic Partnership’ with the University

(NOVEMBER 26, 2007)  A Statement of Intent has just been signed between the Retirees' Association of Queen's (RAQ), represented by President Arlene Aish, and Queen's University, represented by Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane. This Statement proposes that a partnership be established for the mutual benefit of the University and its retired faculty and staff. The partnership will complement and dovetail with many of the present and future programs and activities of RAQ and is intended to become a full-fledged complement to Queen's existing academic infrastructure and programs.

It makes sense, however, to begin modestly and to proceed in step-by-step fashion towards full growth. Current plans will be revised in light of experience and changing conditions.

This partnership is intended to foster and support the continued scholarly and creative lives of retirees, promote the continuing sense of membership in the "Queen's family" and, through its programs, benefit the University and the community. It will not sever the relationship between the retirees and University departments, but will act as a resource for departments and the University as a whole. Through this partnership, and any formal facility that develops for it, retirees could --

  • Be an agency for the University, sponsoring speakers, symposia, etc..
  • Teach and tutor students with special needs
  • Carry out research projects
  • Mentor graduate students
  • Mentor students applying for external awards (e.g. Rhodes Scholarships)
  • Participate in student recruitment
  • Serve by invitation on committees
  • Chair thesis defense examinations
  • Advise faculty and staff on retirement issues
  • Assist the Advancement Office with public relations and fund-raising
  • Promote and assist the preservation of Queen's history and traditions
  • Identify and participate in interdisciplinary projects of special relevance to an aging population, and
  • Offer other agreed-upon activities as suggested by active faculty or Queen's administration.

The activities of the proposed partnership will be open to all retirees (faculty and staff)

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