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Reminder: Nominations for Special Recognition for Staff Awards to close Nov. 3

Special Recognition for Staff Awards

Nominations for the 2021 Special Recognition for Staff Awards are now being accepted, with a new streamlined nomination process.

The awards recognize staff who consistently provide outstanding contributions, both directly or indirectly, to the learning and working environment at Queen's University at a level significantly beyond what is usually expected. Nominations can be submitted by anyone, including students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

“Nominating a staff member who has positively impacted the Queen's community is an excellent way to show your appreciation for the work they have done,” says Steve Millan, Associate Vice-Principal, Human Resources. “We know that there are many staff that continuously go above and beyond in their daily work, and we want to recognize their meaningful contributions.”

Nominations for the awards are open until Nov. 3, 2021. Nomination forms, and information about the new streamlined nomination process, are available on the Human Resources website.

Queen’s United Way campaign reaches 67 per cent of goal

The Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $425,000 for this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

Thanks to the continued support of staff, faculty and retiree donations the campaign currently total $286,401 or 67.4 per cent of the final goal.

Last year, the United Way assist nearly 80,000 members of the community through 70 agencies and 220 programs.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. 

To join the campaign and donate, visit the Queen’s United Way site and follow the instructions. Previous donors who have accepted automatic renewal can also use this link to increase their annual pledge.

Register for the United Way at Queen’s Speaker Series

Learn how the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and its partner agencies are addressing the needs of people facing these very serious issues in our community. Speakers will share stories of how your donation to United Way helps this important work. Hosted by Principal Patrick Deane.

Human Trafficking
Thursday, Oct. 21

12-12:45 p.m.

Attend to find out how human trafficking occurs, learn what the signs are, and what United Way-funded programs are doing to help tackle this problem in our region. Featuring speakers from Kingston Police and Sexual Assault Centre Kingston who will also share a video from a trafficking survivor who was helped by Youth Diversion, another United Way agency.

Register for one or both events here or by sending an email to principal.events@queensu.ca to receive the Zoom link and calendar invite to attend.

Homelessness and Mental Health - COMPLETE
Thursday, Oct. 14

12-12:45 p.m.

Hear how United Way-funded programs are helping people move into housing where they can better address their health and wellbeing. Featuring speakers from: HomeBase Housing, Kingston Youth Shelter and Addictions and Mental Health Services.

Faculty enrolment in Multi-Factor Authentication is required to retain access to Office 365

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an explosion of global cyber threats. An increasing number of Canadian universities have been the targets of information theft and ransomware attacks. Since 2020, cybersecurity insurance premiums have increased by more than 200 per cent (including at Queen’s), and multi-factor authentication is now a key component of our coverage. 

Last year, as part of a multi-layered cybersecurity strategy, the university implemented the Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) capability at Queen’s and faculty were invited to enrol. Now, Queen’s Senior Leadership Team has made MFA enrolment mandatory for all faculty, students, and staff members.

What this means

Enrolment in multi-factor authentication (MFA) will be required to continue to access Microsoft Office 365 applications (including Queen’s email). Starting Oct. 5, faculty members who have not yet enrolled in MFA will be prompted to do so at each login to most Queen’s applications. These prompts will continue for up to 14 days with no consequence, after which time users will lose access to Office 365 applications, including Queen’s email. If you have not enrolled by Oct. 19, you will access and be presented with the screen below:

Clicking “Next” will take you through the MFA enrolment process; however, because this process only allows the setup one MFA method, IT Services recommends visiting https://aka.ms/MFAsetup and adding additional MFA options.

Actions to take

  1. Please follow the MFA tutorials to complete enrolment. It is strongly encouraged to install the Microsoft Authenticator app as users have described this option as by far the best experience and greatest convenience.

  2. Review the list of Microsoft Office 365 applications to become familiar with what is impacted by this change.

Note: Anyone who requests a hardware token as their enrolment method will not receive enrolment reminders. If the token doesn’t arrive by Oct. 19, users will not be required to enrol for MFA until the token arrives and can be activated.


For assistance with enrolment, contact the IT Support Centre by calling 613-533-6666 or by visiting the online Service Portal (see the IT Services website for hours). FAQs are also available.

Queen’s alumnus David Card wins Nobel Prize

Research applies natural experiments to determine the labour market impacts of minimum wages, immigration, and education.

Nobel drawing of David Card
David Card, co-winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, is a Queen's University alumnus (Artsci’78, LLD’99). ( Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach 2021)

Queen’s University alumnus David Card (Artsci’78, LLD’99) has been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

Dr. Card was born into a dairy-farming family near Guelph, and then went to Queen’s University, originally intending to study physics. But he quickly switched to economics because he felt it was more practical.  

No matter the reason, the choice certainly paid off as Dr. Card, who now is at the University of California, Berkley, has been awarded one half of a Nobel Prize. The other half went jointly to Joshua D. Angrist of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Guido W. Imbens of Stanford University.

“My contributions are pretty modest,” Dr. Card says in a story on the Berkley website. “It’s about trying to get more scientific tie-in and evidence-based analysis in economics.”

With Princeton economist Alan Krueger, he found a 1992 minimum wage increase in the state of New Jersey did not hurt – and may have actually boosted – job growth at fast-food restaurants. 

His work on immigration found that a massive influx of Cuban refugees into Miami, in 1980, known as the Mariel boat lift, had almost no impact on the local job market.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted that work in a statement lauding Dr. Card and his ground-breaking work.

“Dr. Card is being recognized for his pioneering work on minimum wages, immigration, and education, which have considerably improved our understanding of the labour market over the last few decades. His recent work studied the effects of increasing the minimum wage on employment and challenged conventional wisdom,” the prime minister said. “On behalf of all Canadians, I congratulate Dr. Card for this remarkable achievement, and thank him for helping us to better understand the economy, as we work to build a strong economic recovery that benefits everyone for a better future at home and around the world.”

Dr. Card told the Globe and Mail his research was not initially met with much enthusiasm.

“To tell you the honest truth, at the time the work was not so well received by many economists. A few people thought it was interesting. It got published. It was not widely accepted.”

Today the research, along with that of Dr. Angrist and Dr. Imbens, is heralded as pioneering. The Nobel Prize committee says it has “provided us with new insights about the labour market and shown what conclusions about cause and effect can be drawn from natural experiments. Their approach has spread to other fields and revolutionized empirical research.”

His advice for current students? Don’t give up.

“Van Gogh never sold any paintings in his life,” Dr. Card told the Toronto Star. “So, if you want to take that as a possible way, you know, to think about your own work.”

At Berkeley, he is Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

Dr. Card earned his Bachelor of Arts at Queen’s in 1978, followed by a PhD at Princeton in 1983 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s in 1999. Among many awards, he was the recipient of the Prince of Wales Prize at Queen's in 1978. 

In 2013, Dr. Card was named the John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow by the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He has also held various prominent editorial positions as co‐editor American Economic Review (2002‐2005), co‐editor of Econometrica (1993‐97), and associate editor of the Journal of Labor Economics (1988‐92).

Queen’s launches pilot of anonymous harassment and discrimination submission platform

Submissions made through new IN-SIGHT tool will help university design and refine harassment and discrimination programming, policies, services, and more.

Queen’s has launched an online platform through which campus community members can anonymously submit instances of harassment, discrimination, and acts of hate or violence targeting personal characteristics protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Named IN-SIGHT, the platform gathers anonymized information about incidents experienced or witnessed by students, faculty, or staff. That information will then be used to help inform and develop university policy, programming, services, and other prevention and response initiatives to counter these issues.

“When people experience harassment or discrimination, they almost inevitably face difficult choices as well as a range of complex emotions,” says Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion). “Sometimes, a person may feel reluctant to make a formal complaint about these incidents but may still wish to share their experience and have it contribute to positive systemic change — an opportunity IN-SIGHT empowers. IN-SIGHT allows information from aggregate anonymous accounts to be heard and to contribute to the university’s efforts toward greater equity, inclusivity, and safety for all.”

The information collected from IN-SIGHT will be used to identify systemic trends, which in turn will assist in the design and refinement of anti-racism, anti-discrimination, and anti-harassment strategies and programs at the university. Key statistics will be collected by the university’s Human Rights & Equity Office yearly and compiled in a report that will be accessible to all members of the Queen’s community via their website.

“The IN-SIGHT tool will allow the university to gain a more detailed understanding of the experiences of its students, staff, and faculty, as they pertain to issues of harassment and discrimination,” says Jermaine Marshall, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Advisor with the Human Rights and Equity Office. “We expect to learn a great deal from the information our Queen’s community chooses to share through this new platform, particularly during its pilot stages — learnings that will assist us greatly in ensuring our campus is as safe and welcoming as possible.”

IN-SIGHT is not a formal reporting and complaint tool, and instead works to complement the university’s broader work to address harassment and discrimination within its campus community. Students, staff, or faculty interested in making an official report or complaint, as well as Persons of Authority who are obligated to report incidents in their area of authority, must do so under the new Harassment and Discrimination Prevention and Response Policy.

Learn more about the IN-SIGHT Harassment, Discrimination, and Bias/Hate Incident Anonymous Submission Form on Queen’s Human Rights and Equity Office website

For the Record – Oct. 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.

Selection Committee – Head, Department of Gender Studies

Dr. Elaine Power’s term as Head of the Department of Gender Studies is scheduled to end on Dec. 30, 2021. The Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) has appointed a Selection Committee
to advise him on the appointment of the next Head.

The Selection Committee has the following membership: 

Elected Members

  • Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies
  • Melissa Houghtaling, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies
  • Margaret Little, Professor, Gender Studies
  • Katherine McKittrick, Professor, Gender Studies
  • Trish Salah, Associate Professor, Gender Studies
  • Marcus Taylor, Cognate Faculty, Associate Professor, Global Development Studies
  • Denita Arthurs, Department Manager and Graduate Program Administrator, Gender Studies
  • Sarah Smith, Graduate Student, Gender Studies
  • Charlie Atkinson, Undergraduate Student, Gender Studies
  • Chris DeLuca, Associate Dean (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Barbara Crow (Chair), Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Danielle Gugler (Secretary), Faculty of Arts and Science

Pursuant to Articles 41.3 and 41.3.6 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, I invite your comments on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Gender Studies by 12 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2021. (Please note that this deadline has been extended from the original deadline). Please also submit names of possible candidates for the Headship. Send all comments, in confidence, to the attention of Danielle Gugler. All letters will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and will become part of the record of decision-making.

At the request of either the Department members or the Committee, a meeting can be arranged between the Department and the Committee to ascertain the Department’s views on the qualities of a Head. Once a short list has been established, it will be distributed to members of the Department for further input on the merits of the respective candidate(s).

Supporting QTBIPoC students

For Us By Us Resource Toolkit centralizes and highlights information, resources, and spaces to empower and support QTBIPoC student communities.

Photograph of Progress Flag
The new Yellow House resource was partially inspired by the progress flag, designed by artist Daniel Quasar. (Adobe Stock)

Queen's Yellow House provides a dedicated space on campus for students, as well as student groups, working to advance social justice, anti-racism, and inclusion. To further support and empower equity-deserving students, Yellow House has recently introduced For Us By Us: Resources to Support QTBIPoC Student Success.

This student-led initiative centralizes and highlights information and spaces relevant to the experiences of QTBIPoC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) students and spans diverse needs surrounding wellbeing, community building, identity building, academic and professional development.

“We learned through consultations with equity-deserving student groups and staff teams across Student Affairs this summer that students want a space online to support them as they celebrate their identity, find community, and look for academic and professional resources made just for them,” says Tianna Edwards, Equity, Diversity Inclusion Coordinator, Yellow House.

The toolkit includes:

  • Physical and Mental Wellness: resources and services that are culturally sensitive, do not favour a Eurocentric lens and are provisioned through trauma-informed theories.
  • Identity Building: intersectional resources to enrich students’ understanding of their lived experience.
  • Solidarity Building: resources to build solidarity between communities and to honour allyship through events, traditions, and clubs.
  • Academic Resources: to support intersectional academic needs of underrepresented students, ranging from culturally sensitive academic advising to intersectional tutelage.
  • Professional Development resources: to help marginalized students prepare for and navigate their career paths and the systemic barriers associated with it.
  • Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards and Aid: relevant to marginalized students on campus.

The toolkit also includes a series of interactive maps and grocery tips designed to connect students with tailored spaces and businesses that celebrate, validate, and empower their lived experiences. These include:  

“From my personal experience, finding meaningful community and tailored support can really make or break the university experience, and seems to be no easy feat for marginalized students,” says Ayden Adeyanju-Jackson, Queen’s third year student (Global Development Studies) and EDI Student Assistant at the Yellow House who led the research and design of this work over the summer. “Ideally, by highlighting locations and resources relevant to QTBIPoC lived experiences, the prospect of finding these intrinsic features of the university experience can feel more certain.”

This work will continue to evolve with insight from various student communities. This year, students can look forward to continued consultations planned with a wide range of student communities to ensure the toolkit continues to resonate with the evolving needs of equity-deserving communities. The Yellow House will also be launching a series of events that brings this toolkit alive through active conversation, learning sessions, and celebrations of QTBIPoC identities.

Learn more about the toolkit on the Yellow House website, and follow Yellow House on Instagram or sign up for the Yellow House newsletter to learn about upcoming events and initiatives.

Queen’s places fifth in 2022 Maclean’s university rankings

Queen’s continues to be ranked among the best universities in annual survey.

Grant Hall and a Queen's pennant
The annual Maclean's University Rankings were released Thursday, with Queen's continuing to be ranked among the top institutions in Canada. (University Communications)  

Queen's maintained its ranking of fifth out 15 medical-doctoral universities nationwide, in the 2022 Maclean's university ranking, which were released Thursday.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Queen’s has been ranked fifth, behind only McGill, Toronto, UBC, and McMaster.

Queen’s University once again placed first nationally in the proportion of undergraduate students who graduate (89.1 per cent), second in student retention from first year to second year (95.4 per cent), and fifth for average entering grade (90.3 per cent). The university improved its score in each of the categories as well.

The medical-doctoral category features universities with a broad range of PhD programs and research, as well as medical schools. The two other categories in the rankings are comprehensive, and primarily undergraduate.

The rankings comprise five categories: students (28 per cent of final score); faculty (20 per cent); resources (22 per cent); student support (15 per cent); and reputation (15 per cent).

Within those categories Queen’s highest rankings were Faculty Awards (3), Student Satisfaction (4), Student Awards (5), Library Expenses (6), Medical/Science Grants (7), and Student Services (7).

Queen’s ranked sixth in the Reputational Survey, matching last year’s ranking.

“The entire Queen’s community should be proud of the work that is being accomplished at the university. There is world-class research and teaching being conducted every day at the university and improvement in these areas is a continual goal,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane. “With the support and ongoing efforts by all in our community, Queen’s continues to provide an educational experience that is recognized as one of the best in Canada.”

Student Satisfaction Survey

More than 19,000 students from across Canada responded to Maclean’s online survey, providing their views on their university experience and overall satisfaction. In the medical-doctoral category Queen’s placed fourth, behind Sherbrooke, Laval, and Western.

Queen’s grabbed a spot in the top five in six of the 10 categories, led by a first place in Extracurricular Activities. Queen’s placed second in Residence Living and third in Academic Advising Staff, and Experiential Learning. The university placed fifth in Student Life Staff and Administrative Staff.

National Reputational Ranking

Queen’s placed seventh out of 49 universities in the national reputational ranking, for a fourth year in a row. This ranking brings together all universities. For the reputational ranking Maclean’s surveyed university faculty and senior administrators, and a variety of businesspeople for their views on quality and innovation at universities.

In the three categories of the ranking, Queen’s placed sixth for Highest Quality, sixth for Most Innovative, and seventh for Leaders of Tomorrow.

Program rankings

Maclean’s also looked at five programs in the sciences and social sciences, assessing program reputation and research reputation. Only the top 20 were highlighted for each program, with Queen’s being ranked in each category, and making the top 10 in four of the five program rankings. Queen’s program ranking were: Business (4); Computer Science (8); Education (5); Engineering (7); Nursing (11).

The full rankings are available at macleans.ca

Complete the fall term break survey

It’s been three years since the university first instituted a fall term break as a pilot program, and now the Queen’s Senate Committee on Academic Development and Academic Procedures (SCADP) has created a task force to make a comprehensive recommendation regarding its future. To consult the Queen’s community as it develops its recommendation, the Fall Term Break Task Force has launched a survey to gather feedback from Queen’s students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The survey opened Oct. 1 and is available until Oct. 22.  It asks participants about their preferences for when fall term break should occur and how to divide the six weekdays without classes each fall that are currently split between orientation, fall term break, and pre-exam study days. Participants in the survey can also indicate if they would prefer not to have a fall term break.

Learn more about the Fall Term Break Task Force on the Queen’s Secretariat website and take the survey anonymously through Qualtrics.


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