Fahim Quadir

Fahim Quadir has been appointed to a second five-year term as Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs reappointed

Fahim Quadir, Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (SGSPA), has been reappointed for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2023.

During his first term as Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Quadir articulated a vision and established core strategic priorities for graduate education and postdoctoral training aiming to reorient graduate training toward student success and civic engagement. With a commitment to Principal Deane’s six strategic priorities, he has strived to foster excellence and innovation in graduate education, intensify a culture of graduate and postdoctoral research, and expand professional skills and experiential learning opportunities. He has also worked to enhance the graduate student experience, promote equity, diversity, and Indigenization, develop a Strategic Graduate Enrolment Management (SGEM) protocol, and build a framework of global engagement. In 2019, he established the Working Group on Graduate Student Funding, which successfully announced the removal of differential fees for international PhD students to match those of domestic students. This groundbreaking initiative not only supports Queen’s research mission, but also enriches the University’s cultural diversity.

Cultivating a culture of inclusion has been a focal point of his leadership during the last five years. Dr. Quadir collaborated with different stakeholders to implement several initiatives, including the adoption of an Indigenous Admissions Policy, the establishment of Indigenous Community-Based Research Funds, the creation of a significant award (Teyonkwayenawá:kon) for Indigenous scholars, and the formation of a team of Graduate Inclusivity Fellows. In 2022, the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs underwent a rebranding, as part of a broader strategy to elevate the visibility and experiences of postdoctoral scholars, who are integral to the University's research and teaching endeavors.

During his second term, Dr. Quadir plans to continue remapping the landscape of graduate education in a dynamic environment that features both a new generation of students and promising opportunities for post-pandemic adaptation and reinvention.

Vice-Provost and Dean Quadir specializes in International Development, International Relations and International Political Economy. He has edited/co-edited five books and published extensively in various international peer reviewed journals relating to Civil Society, South-South cooperation, emerging donors, aid effectiveness, good governance, democratic consolidation, transnational social movements, human security and regional development. The recipient of many awards and fellowships, including Fulbright, Killam, SSRC, and SSHRC, Dr. Quadir held academic positions at several other universities in the U.S., Canada, and Bangladesh.

He currently holds the position of President Elect and Vice President of Canadian Association of Graduate Schools and has previously served as Chair of the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies (OCGS).

Principal Patrick Deane and Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Teri Shearer wish to extend their sincere thanks to the members of the Principal’s Advisory Committee for their exceptional commitment and sound advice.


  • Teri Shearer, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) (Chair)
  • Dre Choi, Equity Advisor, Human Rights and Equity Office
  • Sandra den Otter, Vice-Provost (International)
  • Amir Fam, Professor and Vice-Dean (Research), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)
  • Emils Matiss, Graduate Student Representative and Graduate Student Senator
  • Carlyn McQueen, Communications and Projects Manager, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
  • Lynnette Purda, Professor and Associate Dean (Graduate Programs), Smith School of Business
  • Steven Smith, Deputy Vice-Principal Research for Health Research, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Colette Steer, Manager, Graduate Experience, School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Stefanie von Hlatky, Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts & Science
  • Mark Walters, Dean, Faculty of Law

Note: This article originally appeared in the Queen's Gazette.