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New program honours past and present researchers

The Distinguished University Professor program was created to recognize researchers who have made significant and lasting contributions to Queen’s and beyond.

Queen’s University is seeking nominations for a new program celebrating the university’s top internationally-recognized researchers.

The Distinguished University Professor program was created to recognize researchers who have made significant and lasting contributions to Queen’s and beyond. The honorific titles, approved by Queen’s Senate on Sept. 25, are named after past Queen’s community members who have helped make the university a special place.

Distinguished University Professor Advisory Committee
Tom Harris, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
Barbara Crow, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Fahim Quadir, Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)
Kim Woodhouse, Vice-Principal (Research)
Yolande Chan (Professor - Smith School of Business)
John Fisher (Professor - Biomedical and Molecular Sciences)
Carlos Prado (Professor Emeritus - Philosophy)
Tyler Morrison, President, Society of Graduate and Professional Students
Miguel Martinez, President, Alma Mater Society
Chad Gaffield, Professor, University of Ottawa, and President, Royal Society of Canada
Cheryl Misak, University Professor, University of Toronto

The designation as a Distinguished University Professor is the highest research-related honour bestowed by Queen’s. The program is open to all individuals holding a full-time academic appointment at Queen’s.

The honorific titles are named after:

  • Ralph Allen (Fine Art)
  • Allie Vibert ‘Vi’ Douglas (Arts and Science)
  • Stephen Giymah (Arts and Science)
  • George Whalley (Arts and Science)
  • John Freeman (Education)
  • Barrington Batchelor (Engineering)
  • William Ralph Lederman (Law)
  • Patricia Monture-Angus (Law)
  • Elizabeth Smith (Health Sciences)

A brief bio for each is available on the Principal’s Office website.

“The Distinguished University Professor program is an opportunity for the university to celebrate faculty members who have made significant and lasting contributions to Queen’s and to Canadian society today and, through the honorific titles, in the past,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf. “Personally, I am excited to see this latest chapter in our history unfold and call upon the Queen’s community to participate in the nomination process.”

Queen’s faculty, administrators, staff, students, and retirees can nominate candidates. Successful nominees will then be able to select a preferred honorific name to form part of their title – “Honorific Title” Distinguished University Professor.

The recipients will be recognized each year at convocation.

Nominations are to be submitted to the Distinguished University Professor Advisory Committee, care of the Office of the Provost, by Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. The preferred method is by email to provost@queensu.ca. A hard copy may also be submitted to the Office of the Provost, Suite 353, Richardson Hall, 74 University Ave., Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6.

The committee will then make a recommendation to Principal Woolf on which nominees, if any, should be designated as a Distinguished University Professor.

The advisory committee invites nominations for all who meet the eligibility guidelines. Queen’s University is committed to equity and diversity and welcomes nominations for women, Indigenous/Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, racialized/visible minorities and LGBTQ+ persons.

For further information or questions, contact the Office of the Provost at provost@queensu.ca or 613‑533-6000 ext. 74569.

The terms of reference for the program, and further details about the committee, are available on the Principal’s Office website.