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Senate committee vacancies posted

The University Secretariat is inviting all faculty, staff, and students to put their names forward for membership on Senate committees.  Senate is Queen’s highest academic governing body and its committees deal with issues related to academic programs and their review, educational equity, residences, student aid, the library, and research.

All current vacancies are listed on the vacancies page.  The application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

  • Committee terms are usually two years, with the number of meetings per year depending on the particular committee's area of responsibility.
  • Most terms will start Sept. 1, 2021, but any exceptions are listed next to the committee name on the vacancies page.
  • Note that Individuals holding an appointment at the level of Associate Dean, or equivalent, and above (e.g., Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Vice-Principal, Associate Vice-Principal, Dean, Vice-Dean, University Librarian, Associate University Librarian, University Archivist, Associate University Archivist) are not eligible to serve as a faculty senator or as a faculty member on a Senate committee.

Senate committees discuss issues of broad interest to the academic community and make recommendations on policy and practice that are essential to the university's operations and evolution.  Committee work allows you to directly affect the way Queen's functions as a teaching and research institution, and as a community of scholars, students, and staff.

Please contact senate@queensu.ca if you have any questions.

Sophie de Goede named a U Sports Top 8 Academic All-Canadian

Sophie de Goede plays basketball and rugby
Sophie de Goede excels in basketball and rugby as well as a student in the commerce program at Queen's University. (Queen's Athletics and Recreation)

Queen’s University’s Sophie de Goede has been selected as a U Sports Top 8 Academic All-Canadians for the 2019-20 season.

A rare two-sport athlete in rugby and basketball, de Goede is the sixth Gaels athlete to receive the honour and second straight after Slater Doggett of men's hockey received the honour in 2018-19. She is the first Gaels rugby or basketball player to receive the honour.

The third-year commerce student is a standout on the field, on the court, and in the classroom.

De Goede continued to shine for the Gaels women’s rugby team last season, finishing as the OUA’s top rugby scorer in 2019 with 76 points and was named conference MVP for a second straight season. Following the Gaels’ first OUA championship title since 2013, de Goede led Queen's to the national tournament where she tallied three tries and 10 conversions for 35 points – earning a silver medal and her third straight Tournament All-Star honours. 

On the basketball court, de Goede led the team last season to a 15-7 record and the playoffs, averaging 12.5  points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. 

Internationally, de Goede has four caps with Team Canada's rugby side and hopes to earn roster spots in 2021 at the Tokyo Olympics and the Women’s World Cup. She recently signed with Saracens of the English Premier League.  

"Sophie's ability to excel in the classroom and on the pitch is a testament to her hard work, drive, and commitment to excellence as a student and an athlete,” says Gaels women's rugby head coach Dan Valley. “Although the demands that are placed on a varsity athlete are challenging at the best of times, to watch Sophie not only manage but excel as a commerce student and member of two varsity sport programs speaks to her truly unique skill set. In this regard, Sophie is unlike any student-athlete in the country.”

A three-time Academic All-Canadian, de Goede excels in the classroom, having received the Chancellor's Scholarship the last three years and the DI McLeod Dean’s List Scholarship in both 2018 and 2019.

In lieu of a formal ceremony at Rideau Hall, the elite group will participate in a public virtual conversation with Governor General Julie Payette in mid-February.

The selection of the Top 8 follows last week's announcement of over 4,900 U SPORTS student-athletes who achieved Academic All-Canadian status in 2019-20, having maintained an average of 80 per cent or better over the academic year while competing for one or more of their university's U Sports varsity teams. Among these outstanding individuals, one female and one male student-athlete from each of the four U SPORTS conferences are selected annually to make up the Top 8.  

Continuing the Conversation: Town Hall with Principal Patrick Deane

Principal Deane: Continuing the Conversation

Join Principal Patrick Deane on Monday, Jan. 18 for a discussion about his recent Report on the Conversation, which chronicles what he heard during his consultation with the Queen’s community about the future of the university.

The virtual event, which will run from 4-5:30 pm ET, will provide an opportunity to hear from Patrick about the direction of Queen’s vision and strategy, ask questions, or provide your thoughts about some of the findings of the report.

Attendance is open to everyone in the Queen’s community. If you wish to provide your feedback in writing, please submit it here. The discussion will be recorded and available afterwards on the Principal's website.

Register for free on Eventbrite.

Queen’s remembers Professor Emeritus Robert Pike

Robert Pike
Professor Emeritus Robert Pike

The Queen’s community is remembering Robert (Bob) Pike, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology, who died Saturday, Jan. 9. He was 82.

Dr. Pike grew up in England and attended the London School of Economics, graduating with a BA in Economics and Sociology (1961), and then his master’s. He would then travel to Australia and earn the first-ever PhD in sociology from the Australian National University.

After first teaching at the University of Alberta, he arrived at Queen’s in 1969 and would stay until his retirement in 2002.

Dr. Pike was a sociologist of communication, best known for his jointly authorized book with Dwayne Winseck: Communication and Empire (2006)

Dr. Pike was the head of the Department of Sociology for 11 years, pioneering the development of sociology as an independent discipline at Queen’s within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Known as an engaging teacher and a very supportive and encouraging colleague, he was a person of principle who showed a generous face to all.

“Bob was a wonderful colleague – welcoming to new faculty, encouraging, good-humored and dedicated to Queen's,” says Professor Emerita Roberta Hamilton.

Dr. Pike also was among the first to address equity concerns on campus, including racism and pay equity for women, adds Annette Burfoot, Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology. Professor Emeritus Vince Sacco notes that his colleague was a big opera fan who also followed Monty Python and liked puns: “Of course being named Pike left him vulnerable to the word player brothers."

“He was a man of integrity. He could always be counted on to help pitch in where help was needed. He encouraged others in their research, was a team-player in collaborations, and championed innovation,” says Professor Fiona Kay. “He was tremendously supportive of graduate students and enjoyed mentoring junior faculty. I will miss the twinkle is his eye when he was joking and his roaring laugh when he told stories. He was proud of his family and cared very much for his children's happiness. He was just a lovely man. I shall miss him.”

Queen’s Volunteer Engagement Certificate program returns

The Organizational Development and Learning team in Human Resources is excited to announce the return of the Queen's Volunteer Engagement Certificate (QVEC) program to the Learning Catalogue lineup in the winter term. 

QVEC provides practical tools and techniques to manage volunteers within the higher-education context. There are five required workshops in this program: four will be delivered online and one is a self-study unit. All are scheduled for the winter 2021 term.

The QVEC program was originally developed in partnership with staff in Advancement who hold the Certification in Volunteer Resource Management (CVRM) and were willing to share their expertise. Kathryn Vilela, one of the certificate program’s original designers, has updated the content to make it applicable to volunteer groups across Queen’s.

Volunteers offer an integral service to many programs at Queen’s, and likewise, members of the Queen’s community give back through their own volunteer efforts outside of Queen’s. Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane spoke to the importance of volunteerism in his report entitled “Components of an Emerging Strategy: A Report on the Conversation.”

“During the Conversation I heard from the leaders of numerous community organizations who applauded volunteers from Queen’s but were hoping for some sort of formal indication from the university that such work will be regarded as central rather than tangential to its mission,” he says in the report.

Human Resources is pleased to be able to offer this quality training to help those working with volunteers be as effective as possible.

Any questions about the Queen’s Volunteer Engagement Certificate can be directed to hrodl@queensu.ca.

Free winter lunchtime fitness classes offered online

A woman stretches her leg
As part of Queen’s continuing efforts to promote health and wellness for Queen’s staff, the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) and Human Resources are continuing to partner to offer free fitness classes for 12 weeks starting on Monday, Jan. 11.

The Organizational Development and Learning team at Human Resources is announcing the return of the free online fitness classes to the Learning Catalogue lineup in the winter term. 

As part of Queen’s continuing efforts to promote health and wellness for Queen’s staff, the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) and HR are continuing to partner to offer free fitness classes for 12 weeks starting on Monday, Jan. 11.

Many of these classes mirror the in-person classes delivered over the past 10 years but they have been modified to a new online format to better serve Queen’s employees who continue to work at home. 

“We’ve been offering fitness classes in this format since May,” says Mary Smida, Training Coordinator in the Organizational Development and Learning Unit. “We all recognize the importance of physical fitness for our general well-being, and we’d like to thank Gareth Cunningham and his team at the ARC for their continued support in finding ways to help our staff stay healthy and keep up their exercise routines during these unusual times.”

The response from participants, new and former, has been positive:

“I participated in the Tuesday class, and it was a great way to break up the workday! Much needed exercise as we are not able to do much else. Thank you so much to everyone who worked on arranging these classes,” on participant noted.

Some of the instructors will be familiar to regular fitness class participants, but there are some new faces as part of the ARC’s efforts to provide a range of fitness alternatives. On offer for the winter are some of the staff favourites but some new ones will be added including Triple Threat Cardio and Pilo HIIT.

These online classes are scheduled during the lunch hour and can be accessed from the convenience of your own home. Classes run daily, Monday through Friday starting at noon, with an additional class on Saturday mornings to get you going for the weekend.

Any questions about these classes should be directed to hrodl@queensu.ca.

Remembering Amir Moradi and the victims of flight PS752

The Queen’s community is marking the anniversary of the death of student Amir Moradi and the other 175 passengers who were killed on Jan. 8, 2020 when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down in Iran.

PS752 memorial scheduleAn online memorial service is being held on Friday, Jan. 8 by the families of the victims, with events being hosted online. Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane will be participating at 4 pm, sharing the Queen’s community’s grief with participants. Several other leaders of post-secondary institutions from across Canada, that also lost students, faculty and staff, will also be taking part in the event.

“The loss of a community member, especially a student, is always painful. This tragedy has been felt across the Canadian post-secondary sector with so many of our institutions directly affected by the loss of friends, classmates, colleagues, mentors, and family members,” says Principal Deane. “I am honoured to be asked to contribute to this memorial organized by the victims’ families and to share the Queen’s community's sense of loss but also hope for the future. I know that many members of the Queen’s community will want to participate to remember Amir and all the other victims of this tragedy.”

Principal Deane also posted a statement on the anniversary online.  

Moradi, 21, was a third-year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts and Science and had traveled to Iran to visit family during the winter break.

A vigil, hosted by the Queen’s Iranian Student Association and the Office of Faith and Spiritual Life, was held in McLaughlin Room at the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC), bringing together students, faculty, staff, and administration members including Principal Deane, who spoke at the event.

Hundreds of people left messages of condolence after listening to heartfelt words from Moradi’s friends, and his cousin. Principal Deane spoke about the impact of the tragedy not only at Queen’s but across the Canadian post-secondary sector as well.

Resources for Research at Queen’s Virtual Event Series

[R4R@Q Logo]The Resources for Research at Queen’s (R4R@Q) series hosted by the Vice-Principal (Research) portfolio is returning virtually for 2021. The series is intended to help researchers learn more about the many services that can help them throughout the development of their research projects. On topics from project conception to knowledge mobilization and promotion, speakers from across the university will give presentations, take questions, and provide resources on how researchers can leverage their units’ services.

The next event will be on Jan. 13 from 11 am-noon on “Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity and Responsibility: The ‘4Rs’ of Indigenous Research.” Panelists include Wendy Phillips (Elder in Residence at the Office of Indigenous Initiatives), Sharon Clarke (Associate Director at the Office of Indigenous Initiatives), and Aleksandra Bergier (Research Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives at the Vice-Principal Research portfolio). Registration is required to access the virtual event.

Additional topics in the 2021 series are listed below. To learn more, register for the series, or access resources from past sessions, visit the Vice-Principal (Research) website.

For questions, please contact Andrea Hiltz, Research Projects Advisor.

The 2020/2021 Series Schedule:

What is in your EDII toolkit? Championing EDII practices in different disciplines. Panel Discussion and Q&A session

Presented by: Human Rights and Equity Office and VPR Portfolio

Date: Dec. 9 (Watch Session Recording)

Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity and Responsibility: The “4Rs” of Indigenous Research

Presented by: Office of Indigenous Initiatives and VPR Portfolio

Date: Jan. 13, 11 am-12 pm EST (Register)

Expanding Networks and Building Partnerships with Industry

Presented by: Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI)

Date: Feb. 10, 10-11 am EST 

Introduction to Intellectual Property and how to manage it in your lab

Presented by: Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI)

Date: Feb. 24, 10-11 am EST

Breaking Down Research Silos: The Power of the Queen’s Research Discovery Network 

Presented by: VPR Portfolio and Information Technology Services (ITS)

Date: March 10, 2-3 pm EST

Get your Head in the Clouds! How IT Services’ Cloud Technologies can Accelerate your Research Success

Presented by: Information Technology Services (ITS)

Date: March 24, 2-3 pmEST

Research and Indigenous Initiatives 

Presented by: Office of Indigenous Initiatives and VPR Portfolio

Date: Early April 2021

Conflict of Interest for Researchers

Presented by: Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (Research Contracts Unit)

Date: April 21, 2-3 pm EST

Promoting your research in an evolving communications landscape
Presented by: Vice-Principal University Relations (Media Relations and Research Promotion)
Date: May 5, 10-11 pm EST

Data Management

Presented by: Open Scholarship Services, Queen’s University Library

Date: Late May 2021

For the Record: Jan. 7, 2021

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette editor Andrew Carroll.


Internal Headship Search, Department of Critical Care Medicine

After serving as Head of Critical Care Medicine since 2016, Daniel Howes will be stepping down on June 30, 2021 and the Faculty of Health Sciences will conduct an internal search process to identify his successor.

The Search Committee, established in accordance with the Senate document governing the Appointment of Clinical/Academic Department Heads, will include:

  • Jane Philpott (Co-Chair), Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Michael Fitzpatrick (Co-Chair), Chief of Staff & Vice President of Medical & Academic Affairs, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Renate Ilse, Vice President Patient Care, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Katie Roberts (Secretary), Senior Staffing Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Stephen Archer, Head, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • David Messenger, Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Chris Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Hailey Hobbs, Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Emily Reynen, Chief Resident, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Kallie Stapleton, Resident, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Anna Tavares, Administrative Assistant, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

At this time, faculty, staff, students, residents and all other members of the hospital and university communities are invited to submit comments, in writing, on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Critical Care Medicine. Additionally, all members of the hospital and university communities are invited to submit for the committee’s consideration, names of internal candidates from within the Faculty of Health Sciences, who may be considered for the headship. Submissions must include rationale for supporting each nominee. Written submissions are to be directed to the co-chairs c/o Katie Roberts, Senior Staffing Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences at katie.roberts@queensu.ca. Responses received will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the review committee; Anonymous submissions will not be considered.


Queen’s remembers former librarian Sandy Casey

Sandra Casey
Sandra (Sandy) Casey

The Queen’s community is remembering Sandra (Sandy) Casey, a long-time librarian at the university, who died on Dec. 28. She was 81.

After earning her Bachelor of Library Science degree from the University of Toronto Sandy arrived at Queen’s in 1970. Initially she worked as a reference librarian at Douglas Library and took on several roles through the course of her 34-year career before retiring in 2004. During the final decade of her time at Queen’s she served as head of the Education Library.

In 1990, she obtained her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Toronto, and subsequently would lecture in the Faculty of Education.

While at Queen’s, Sandy was president of the Faculty Association, and led the status of women committee. She also served as president of the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations.

A detailed family obituary is available online.


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