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School of Policy Studies

The School of Policy Studies at Queen's University:
Looking to the Future 

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The School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University has long been a leading centre for advanced education, research, debate and interaction with the non-­‐academic world in public policy and administration. In 2013, the University undertook a review of the School’s programming and the contemporary public policy landscape to ensure that the School maintains its leading position in the future. I am very pleased to inform you that the University has now taken a number of decisions that not only build on the strengths of the current programs and activities of the School, but will enrich the contributions that the School can make as a catalyst and a hub for policy research and teaching across the University. These decisions are designed to maintain the position of the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s as one of the pre-­‐eminent centres in Canada for public policy research, teaching, and outreach.

Reflecting the University’s continuing commitment to high-quality teaching and research in policy studies at Queen’s, Alan Harrison, the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), will chair a new Policy Council. The purpose of the Council will be to bridge the world of research and practice, and to identify opportunities for collaboration and innovation on policy-related issues, both within the University and with external stakeholders. It will also advise on how the activities and the programs of the School of Policy Studies can be enriched. The Council will include deans of faculties where there is significant policy interest and expertise and the director of the School. In addition, a number of external experts and policy leaders will also be invited to join this council.

Two other decisions affecting the School were also announced by the Provost:

  • The School’s reporting relationship within University: since its creation, the School of Policy Studies has been one of a small number of graduate-only academic units that reported to the Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. The University has decided that these units should no longer report to the Dean of Graduate Studies, and has moved to change their reporting relationships. In the case of the School of Policy Studies, it will, as of 1 July 2014, report to the Dean of the School of Business. However, the School of Policy Studies will remain a separate academic unit; as Director, I will work with the Policy Council on plans and priorities for policy studies at Queen’s.
  • The Industrial Relations programs: since 2003, the School of Policy Studies has offered degrees in industrial relations. On 1 July 2014, the Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) and the Professional Master of Industrial Relations (PMIR) will be transferred to the Faculty of Arts and Science. The transfer is the result of a careful examination of the most appropriate institutional location for the programs offered by the School. This move will enable the School of Policy Studies to focus its teaching efforts on its Master of Public Administration programs.

The research centres and institutes attached to the School—the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (IIGR), the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP), and the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy (QIEEP)—will continue to be an integral part of the School, helping fulfill our mandate to be a hub for policy research at Queen’s. The Queen’s Policy Studies Series, the leading publication series on public policy in English-speaking Canada, will continue to be published by the School.

Likewise, the School will continue its active outreach to policy-­‐making communities by hosting such well-known events as the annual Policy Forum, the Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy, Queen’s Institute on Trade Policy, the Kingston Conference on International Security, the State of the Federation conferences, professional development courses for the Ontario Public Service, and the Canada-UK Colloquium series. We will continue an active lecture series and numerous named lectures, including the Gibson Lecture, which was given by the Nobel laureate Alvin Roth in September last year, the Matthews Lecture, given by Don Drummond in November, the Skelton Menzies Lecture, given by the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark in March, and the Gow Lecture, to be given by the Hon. Tom Mulcair in April.  

We will continue to work with our partners in government to enrich our teaching and research programs by hosting the Skelton-Clark Fellow from the federal civil service, the Amethyst Fellow from the Ontario Public Service, and the Visiting Defence Fellows in the Centre for International and Defence Policy from the Canadian Armed Forces, the German Bundeswehr, and the United States armed forces.

In short, the changes announced by the University will allow the School to build on our existing strengths and to expand our role as a hub of policy research and teaching at Queen’s. These changes will also strengthen the Master of Public Administration and Professional Master of Public Administration programs offered by the School, allowing us to continue our proud tradition of educating first‐class students for public service.

As Director, I am very excited by the opportunities presented by these changes. A new governance structure for the School will be put in place by 1 July 2014, and strategic planning and curriculum review exercises will be launched. It is my intention to seek input from faculty, students, alumni, and the School’s many friends and supporters in both these exercises.

If you have any questions, or for more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at nossalk@queensu.caor (613) 533‐6555, or visit our website SPS:


Kim Richard Nossal
Director and Stauffer-­‐Dunning Chair of Policy Studies

April 2014



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