Principal and Vice-Chancellor

[Principal and Vice Chancellor]
[Principal and Vice Chancellor]

Distinguished University Professors Program

Queen’s University has created a new program to recognize and celebrate some of its top internationally-recognized researchers. The Distinguished University Professor program was recently approved by the Senate and it will be open to all individuals holding a full-time academic appointment at Queen’s.

Once a professor has been chosen for the designation, they will then have the opportunity to select from a list of approved honorific names to form part of their official title, which will be styled as “[Honorific Name] Distinguished University Professor.”

The Distinguished University Professor Advisory Committee shall meet once each year to consider all nominations submitted, except those deemed by the Provost to be incomplete, and shall make a recommendation to the Principal in respect of which nominees, if any, should be designated as Distinguished University Professor. The Provost shall Chair the Committee.

Distinguished University Professor Recipients 2019-2020

Distinguished University Professor Recipients 2018-2019

Committee Membership

Membership Position Name
Chair Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris
Ex-Officio Acting Interim Associate Vice-Principal (Research) Kent Novakowski
Ex-Officio Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning) John Pierce
Ex-Officio Vice-Provost & Dean, School of Graduate Studies Fahim Quadir
Dean Dean, Faculty of Education Rebecca Luce-Kapler
Undergraduate Student President, Alma Mater Society Auston Pierce
Graduate Student President, Society of Graduate and Professional Students Jeremy Ambraska
Queen's Faculty  Professor, Department of Medicine Paula James
Queen's Faculty  Professor, Mathematics and Statistics Ram Murty
Queen's Faculty  Professor, Department of English Patricia Rae
External Faculty  Assistant Dean (International), Faculty of Science & Professor, Chemistry, Western University Kim Baines
External Faculty  Dean, Faculty of Science & Professor, Kinesiology, McMaster University Maureen MacDonald

Honorific Names

Subject Area Name Summary Biography
FINE ART Ralph Allen Ralph Allen was a Canadian artist, born in England, and a director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (1963 – 1973). He was a professor in Fine Art at Queen’s University and became a professor emeritus in 1987. His work in the 1990s was in partnership with the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) at Queen’s Faculty of Education, and he taught on reserves in Moose Factory and Kasabonika in 1995. He held solo exhibitions in Canada from the 1950s to 1990s, and participated in group exhibitions in Canada and the UK during the same period of time. His work can currently be seen in 14 collections across Canada and the UK.
ARTS AND SCIENCE Allie Vibert "Vi" Douglas Dr. Douglas was an internationally-renowned physicist and the Dean of Women at Queen’s (1939 - 1959), and was instrumental in having women accepted to both Engineering and Medicine at the university. She was the President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1943 to 1945 and the first Canadian president of the International Federation of University Women. Dr. Douglas received an MBE at 23 years old for her work during WW1 and completed her B.Sc. in 1919 and her Ph.D in 1925. She was one of the first women to earn a Ph.D. in Physics in North America. She received the Order of Canada in 1967, was honoured by the National Council of Jewish Women as one of the 10 “Women of the Century”, was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and was a participant in international consultations with organizations such as UNESCO. She was honoured with a crater on Venus and an asteroid, both named “Vibert Douglas”. Dr. Douglas died in 1988.
Stephen Giymah Dr. Giymah came to Queen’s in 2003 from Western University, where he earned his PhD. He had immense knowledge of complex methodological approaches to the study of social life, with command of matters statistical and empirical. He aimed to make his teaching practical and interesting with the goal of emphasizing that anyone can be trained to understand statistics. Dr. Giymah’s writing focused on matters in sub-Saharan Africa such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, infant mortality, aging, abuse, and educational attainment and he made efforts to illuminate the links between socio-economic development and culture. His work was published in influential journals and he was coming to be viewed as the world expert on the study of sub-Saharan Africa when he died unexpectedly at the age of 43 in 2012.

Albert Charles (A.C.) Hamilton

Born in Winnipeg in 1921, Albert Charles Hamilton went on to become a distinguished professor and international literary authority. He received his doctorate from the University of Cambridge and came to Queen’s in 1968, eventually becoming the Cappon Professor of English and a member of the Royal Society of Canada. His work focused on the 16th century English poet Edmund Spenser, and Dr. Hamilton produced the authoritative edition of Spenser’s epic poem, The Fairie Queene, and edited the Spenser Encyclopedia. As the president of the University of Winnipeg’s student union in 1944, he anonymously authored an anti-war poem in a student literary supplement called Atrocities. Its sentiments about the war caused an uproar at the university and in Winnipeg, with calls for his expulsion and jail time. Once emotions had cooled, Hamilton and the supplement’s editor were permitted to complete their degrees, but only after military or community service. Hamilton served on a destroyer in the Royal Canadian Navy until 1945, a task he had already committed to when the poem was written.

George Whalley

Dr. Whalley, a native-born Kingstonian, was a polymath English professor at Queen’s from 1950 to 1980. He served in the Royal Navy from 1940 to 1945, and worked both on warships and as a naval intelligence officer. While in Kingston, he commanded the HMS Cataraqui from 1952 to 1956. Dr. Whalley published two books of poetry written during the war and mentored younger academics such as Michael Ondaatje. He was a preeminent scholar of Coleridge, publishing over 20 essays and articles on his work, as well as one book, and acted as an editor and co-editor of a six-volume set on Coleridge’s marginalia, among many others. Dr. Whalley’s translation of Aristotle’s Poetics was published after his death. He also wrote for and performed on radio and television from the mid 1940s to early 1970s, usually for the CBC, worked to reform Queen's governance, and was a member of the Royal Society of Canada. He died in 1983.

EDUCATION John Freeman Dr. Freeman was a professor in the Faculty of Education, cross-appointed to the School of Kinesiology, and was recognized internationally for his work on how schools can be made more welcoming for students, teachers, and parents regardless of students’ race, sexuality, emotional health, or ability. He was the Director of the Social Program Evaluation Group and led a number of national and international projects and research collaborations. Dr. Freeman was a former chair of the General Research Ethics Board and a highly-regarded graduate student supervisor, teacher, and mentor. He died in 2017 at the age of 61.
ENGINEERING Barrington Batchelor

Dr. Batchelor was born in Jamaica and came to Queen’s in 1966, teaching and researching at the university until 1993. He was chair of the Department of Civil Engineering in the 1970s and was a visiting professor at Cornell, NYU, and the University of Washington. His work revolutionized the design and building of concrete bridge deck slabs. These items were previously thought to bend like beams and thus fail when flexed; however, Dr. Batchelor’s work showed they behave more like arches, resulting in the need for much less reinforcement. Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation closely followed this work and developed a new bridge design code in 1979, after which almost all bridges in the province were constructed using Dr. Batchelor’s design method, saving the government millions of dollars. He took a special interest in civil and human rights, and community policing, was a founding member of the Kingston Committee on Racial Harmony and the Mayor’s Committee on Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Relations, and was the Race Relations Advisor to the Principal in the early 1990s. Dr. Batchelor was a key contact for several government ministries at the provincial and national level. As a former international student himself, he always invited international students into his home to join in family celebrations and holidays. Dr. Batchelor died in 2011.

HEALTH SCIENCES Elizabeth Smith Dr. Smith was a member of Queen’s first class of female medical graduates in the 1880s and one of Canada’s foremost feminists. A teacher at the Women’s Medical College in the 1880s and 1890s, she was very active in the National Council of Women’s Affairs, the Women’s Canadian Club, and in campaigns for mothers’ allowances and pensions, after moving to Ottawa. Dr. Smith was president of the first YWCA in Canada and was the first Convener of the Public Health and Mental Hygiene Committee of the National Council of Women. She wrote pamphlets on housing, inspection of public markets, milk pasteurization, and child welfare and was appointed vice-chairman of the provincial Board of Mothers’ Allowances, once it was established in 1920. She was 90 years old at the time of her death in 1949.
LAW William Ralph Lederman William Lederman, a Rhodes Scholar and Vinerian Scholar, was a constitutional lawyer and founding dean of Queen’s Faculty of Law in 1958. He focused on creating the program as one that conveyed the social project of the law, rather than its mechanistic practice. He was highly regarded as the foremost expert on Canada’s federal-provincial constitutional tensions, published essays on Canadian constitutional history and issues, and advised the Ontario government on its relations with Ottawa. He was a recipient of the Order of Canada and died in 1992, after continuing to teach well into the 1980s.
Patricia Monture- Angus Patricia Monture-Angus was the first female Aboriginal graduate from Queen’s Faculty of Law and was a Mohawk from the Six Nations Grand River Territory. She was a professor at the University of Saskatchewan and coordinator of its Aboriginal Justice and Criminology program, and an author of several books on first nations and Aboriginal women. She worked as a grassroots advocate for Indigenous peoples and prompted the Law Society to change its requirement that all those called as a barrister, admitted as a solicitor, or appointed to any office in Ontario swear an oath to the Queen, by filing suit in the Ontario Supreme Court stating that she was a member of a sovereign people whose sovereignty had never been surrendered. She died in 2010 at the age of 52.