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Outstanding Concordia faculty members honoured by Provost

Third annual Provost's Circle of Distinction ceremony celebrates eight exceptional faculty members.
May 25, 2011

Eight outstanding faculty members were lauded by Concordia Provost David Graham May 18 at the annual Provost’s Circle of Distinction ceremony.

Established in 2009, the circle recognizes Concordia faculty members who have received awards of distinction or fellowships from external organizations for their career achievements.

Provost's Circle 2011
Provost David Graham chats with professor Ted Stathopoulos at the May 18 reception. At right, Associate Dean, Academic Programs of the Faculty of Arts And Science, Joanne Locke, Alan Hochstein, who will become Interim Dean of the John Molson School of Business on July 1, and engineering professor George Vatistas watch the proceedings. | Photos by Concordia University

This year, six faculty members were inducted for the first time, while two previous circle members were recognized for additional external honours.

To date, 49 faculty members have been added to the circle.

In an unscheduled part of the ceremony, Graham presented Vice-Provost Academic Relations Rama Bhat with an early induction into the circle. University administrators such as deans are exempt from circle membership. Bhat, who will leave his administrative post to return to teaching in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science on June 30, will be formally inducted at next year’s ceremony. 

2011 Inductees

Phil Abrami

Abrami, director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance as well as a Concordia University Research Chair, was honoured by the Provost for receiving the Whitworth Award for Education Research from the Canadian Education Association in September 2010. Abrami received the award for his contribution to improving educational research and practice in schools.

His past awards include the W.J. McKeachie Career Achievement Award, the Vineberg Research Prize in Psychology, and the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Research Award.

Saul Carliner
Carliner, professor in the graduate program in Educational Technology, was appointed Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication in 2000 in recognition of his excellence in the field.

He is also a past research fellow of the American Society for Training and Development, a member of the board of the Canadian Society for Training and Development, as well as a member of the editorial boards of several journals.

Norman Ingram
Ingram, professor and chair of the Department of History, was inducted into the Provost’s Circle as a result of his appointment as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2009.

Recently, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for French History and Culture of the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Ingram was also awarded a Faculty of Arts and Science Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 as well a Concordia Council on Student Life Merit Award in 2001.

Martin Pugh
Pugh, the chair of Concordia’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, was appointed Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) in 2011.

Pugh also won the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science Teaching Excellence Award in 2005, the CSME (Concordia student chapter) 2007 Teaching Award, and the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011.

Geneviève Cadieux
Cadieux, professor of photography in the Department of Studio Arts since 2002, was a 2011 recipient of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts in recognition of her long and accomplished career as an artist.

Cadieux has participated in numerous international exhibitions and at major art biennales in Montreal, São Paolo (Brazil), Sydney (Australia) and Venice.

Over her career, she has exhibited her work at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in Vancouver, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton.

Gary Johns
Johns, a professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Management, was inducted as Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2010 for his significant contributions to the science and practice of management. Now ranking among the one per cent of 19,000 academy members elected Fellow, Johns is also one of only seven Canadian-based Fellows.

Additional recognition within the Provost’s Circle of Distinction

François-Marc Gagnon

Gagnon, director of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, was awarded an additional honour within the Provost’s Circle as a result of receiving the 2010 Prix Gérard-Morisset as part of the Prix du Québec.

The Prix Gérard-Morisset is considered one of the most prestigious distinctions given by the government of Quebec for contributions to the preservation of the province’s cultural heritage.

Originally inducted into the Provost’s Circle of Distinction in 2009, Gagnon also received the Prix Acfas – André-Laurendeau in 2007 and was appointed a  member of the Order of Canada in 1999.

Raymonde April

In 2010, April, professor and chair of the Department of Studio Arts, was promoted within the Order of Canada from member to officer. April was originally inducted into the circle in 2009.

April also received the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas in 2003, the highest distinction accorded by the Government of Quebec in the visual arts.

Related links:
•    Provost’s Circle of Distinction
•    “Provost’s Circle of Excellence” - Concordia Journal, June 4, 2009
•    “Second Annual Provost’s Circle of Distinction” - Concordia Journal, June 10, 2010
•    Concordia University Office of the Provost



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