Dr. Gordon E. Smith

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Vice-Dean (Faculty Relations)
Office of the Dean, First Floor Dunning Hall
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(613) 533-2067
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Dr. Gordon Smith is the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science.  Previously, Dr. Gordon Smith was appointed Interim Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science in July 2016. Prior to joining the Faculty office, Dr. Smith was Director of the School of Music (2003-2006), was appointed Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s in 2006 and, from 2013, served as Vice-Dean in the Faculty.

The Vice-Dean’s portfolio includes faculty relations, in particular, renewal, tenure and promotion, merit, the appointment of Department Heads, and faculty renewal, including all aspects of the processes related to hiring tenure-track and contractual faculty. The Vice-Dean also oversees the implementation of the Queen’s/QUFA Collective Agreement, including workload documents and other matters concerning faculty relations. In relation to these responsibilities, the Vice-Dean provides leadership with respect to equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity across the Faculty. 

The Vice-Dean also assists with Faculty Advancement priorities, with particular emphasis on working with Arts and Science alumni and building philanthropic successes in western Canada.

Dr. Smith received his BA, MA and PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto.  He also holds the ARCT diploma in piano performance.

Dr. Smith’s research is focused on historic and current issues of representation in Canadian ethnomusicology.  He was National Advisory Editor for the 7th edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001), and a contributor to The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: The United States and Canada (2001).  He has published articles in various journals, including The Canadian University Music Review, World of Music, American Music, Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de la recherché en musique and The Canadian Journal for Traditional Music. He was also the editor of the Canadian Journal of Traditional Music from 2000-2006, oversaw the journal's transformation to a fully peer-reviewed publication, MUSICultures, in 2007, and was its Editor until 2011. He is co-editor of Istvan Anhalt: Pathways and Memory (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001), and is co-editor of Folk Music, Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology: Canadian Perspectives, Past and Present (Cambridge Scholar’s Publishing, 2007), Around and About Marius Barbeau: Modelling Twentieth-Century Culture (Mercury Series, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2008), and Musical Traditions, Culture and Contexts (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010). More recently, Dr. Smith was guest editor of Perspectives, People, and Places: Essays in Honour of Carl Morey, a theme issue of Intersections (Canadian Journal of Music/Revue canadienne de musique), which was published in 2015. His current research is on music in Indigenous contexts, with particular emphasis on intergenerational connections around music, resurgence and healing in Mi’kmaw communities in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. 

Dr. Smith was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the University Council of Queen’s in 2015, and is the 2016 recipient of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)/MUSCAN Award of Excellence for Advancement of Research in Canadian Music.

Dr. Smith is also active as a pianist, most recently coaching and accompanying student singers as part of a collaborative research project devoted to the songs of Victorian poet, Amelia Opie.