Associate Professor Arpi Hamalian's exemplary teaching career at Concordia began in 1974, when she joined the Department of Education. She has since served as chair of the Department of Education, director of the graduate programs in both Educational Studies and Adult Education, and principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia's internationally renowned women's studies college.
Arpi is an Honorary Life Fellow of the Institute and was a Fellow of Concordia's Centre for Mature Students. She has been part of teaching teams in the inter-university PhD programs at the John Molson School of Business and Department of Communication Studies, and founding co -chair of the Concordia-UQÀM Chair in Ethnic Studies.
Her consistently outstanding course evaluations and the Concordia Student Life Award for Teaching Excellence she earned in 1997 are a testament to her dedication to both teaching and her students.
Arpi's other distinctions include a Commemorative Medal for the 125 th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, which she received in 1993 in recognition of her significant contributions to Canada.
Arpi, who currently serves on the boards of the Carold Institute and the North South Institute, is president of the International Organization of the Helen Prize for Women. She also served as the first president of Concordia University Faculty Association after it became certified in 1980-1981; president of the Quebec Federation of University Professors from 1999 to 2003; and president of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO's Sectoral Commission on Education from 2002 to 2006.