Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Queen's National Scholar Program


2019-2020 Submission Deadlines

The following deadlines have been established for the 2019-2020 QNS program:

  • June 14, 2019: Completed Expressions of Interest due to the relevant dean’s office
  • July 5, 2019:   Recommendations due from the deans to the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Reference Documents

Applicants to the QNS program are asked to review the QNS Outline document.

 

Program Overview

The Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) program was first established in 1985, with the objective to “enrich teaching and research in newly developing fields of knowledge as well as traditional disciplines.” Since then, over 100 QNS appointments have been made in a wide variety of disciplines, and the appellation of Queen’s National Scholar has become synonymous with academic excellence.

Those appointed under the QNS program will have clearly demonstrated the following three attributes:
1) excellence in providing rich and rewarding learning experiences to students;
2) excellence in developing innovative, collaborative or interdisciplinary research programs that align with Queen’s priorities; and
3) a commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Appointments will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, either tenure-track or with tenure, depending on level of experience.

The objective of the QNS program is to renew and refresh the faculty complement at Queen’s with candidates of the highest quality. Attracting candidates who would add to the diversity and strength of the institution, develop partnerships within and external to their units, and align with institutional priorities is an intrinsic objective of the QNS selection process. Candidates holding an existing tenure-track or continuing-adjunct appointment at Queen’s will not be considered. 

Selection Process

The QNS program has a two-stage process. In the first stage, an invitation to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs) is extended to all Faculties and Schools within Queen’s. The QNS Advisory Committee reviews these EOIs, and selects a subset to advance to the second stage. As modified in 2018, the number of EOIs selected to advance to the second stage will not exceed the number of QNS appointments possible.

At the second stage, those responsible for each successful EOI are invited to prepare and submit a full proposal. Each full proposal nominates ONE individual to be appointed. The adjudication committee will review each QNS proposal file as it becomes available, to assess: 1) whether the nominee has demonstrated the three attributes expected of a Queen’s National Scholar (as identified above); 2) whether the nominee’s teaching and research interests are well aligned with the focus of the EOI; and 3) whether the recruitment and selection processes exhibited a robust commitment to employment equity. If the adjudication committee is satisfied that all of these requirements have been met, it will make a recommendation to the Principal that the nominee be offered an appointment as a QNS. 

Appointments are subject to review and final approval by the Principal.