Concordia’s Provost’s Celebration has been held every year since its 2012 inception, in appreciation of the latest members of the Provost’s Circle of Distinction and the Provost’s Fellows Program, as well as the recipient of this year’s Academic Leadership Award.
“I’m very proud of the latest round of inductees and award recipients for important accomplishments over illustrious careers that have also served to shape Concordia into a next-generation university for students, faculty and staff,” said Graham Carr, interim provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs.
At the music-filled celebration held on May 26, Concordians exchanged mutual congratulations leading up to the event's main program. Lisa Ostiguy, deputy provost, congratulated president Alan Shepard for being confirmed for a second term; Graham Carr for taking on the role of interim deputy provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs; and Stéphane Brutus for continuing in his role as interim dean of the John Molson School of Business (JMSB). She also welcomed Daniel Therrien as interim registrar.
The evening proceeded in recognition of 16 remarkable faculty members.
Academic Leadership Award: an exceptional individual
Christopher Trueman, associate dean of Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the 2016 Academic Leadership Award recipient.
Trueman first joined Concordia as a lecturer. After completing his PhD at McGill University, he came on as a tenured assistant professor in 1979. In 1985, Trueman was promoted to associate professor and subsequently to professor in 2000.
Across his career, Trueman held a number of important leadership roles in areas including research and curriculum development. In his four decades at Concordia, he served as undergraduate program director for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as associate chair, where he created a co-operative education program for the department and was its first director.
Trueman’s contributions have also included participating in a major curriculum review of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering programs. He served as the first chair of the General Studies Unit and then the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2008, he was appointed associate dean, Faculty Affairs. He also provided exceptional leadership as interim dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science in 2013-14.
“Dr. Trueman enjoys enormous respect from his colleagues for his dedication and distinction while serving in many roles and positions both inside the faculty and externally in university committees,” said Amir Asif, dean of Engineering and Computer Science, in his nomination letter.
“He is a role model and has contributed uniquely to the progress of engineering at Concordia University.”