Provost awards 32 professors with McGill and Dawson Chairs

Named awards are among McGill University’s highest honours that recognize research excellence and leadership strengths of talented Professors across range of disciplines
The University’s newest Distinguished James McGill Professors. Top row (l to r): Shari Baum, Peter Grutter, Vicky Kaspi, Leonard Levin, and Morag Park. Bottom row (l to r): Dieter Reinhardt, Christine Ross, Guy Rouleau, Ernesto Schiffrin and Robyn Tamblyn

Canada is routinely ranked among the world’s most innovative countries, and this consistency is driven by the country’s significant investments in research. In 2000, the Canadian government launched the Canada Research Chair Program to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in R&D. In parallel, McGill University launched its own series of awards that recognize the excellence of its researchers, as well as their leadership at the international level.

These awards are the James McGill Professor (JMP) awards and the William Dawson Scholar (WDS) awards. These are complemented by the Distinguished James McGill Professors (DJMP) awards for late-career researchers – McGill’s highest honour – which were created in 2017. This year, the Office of the Provost and Vice Principal, which administers these awards, has selected a total of 32 Professors to be honoured in these categories.

The awardees are:

Both the JMP and WDS awards come with an annual salary supplement and an annual research allowance not exceeding $25,000. The Distinguished James McGill Professor award provides for a $10,000 academic stipend or a $15,000 research grant allowance. DJMPs have held James McGill Professorships for two seven-year terms while maintaining an outstanding research record, or who have held a Canada Research Chairs (Tier 1) for two seven-year terms. DJMP awardees hold the distinction until retirement, and those granted Emeritus status retain the title.

Comments on “Provost awards 32 professors with McGill and Dawson Chairs”

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    Your reporting is lopsided..I was not sure the same fanfare was present when these appointment were made in the past….
    A.P.S. Selvadurai FRSC
    William Scott Professor and Distinguished James McGill Professor
    Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
    McGill University
    817 Sherbrooke Street West
    Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 0C3
    Tel: 514 398 6672 ; Fax: 514 398 7361
    E-mail: patrick.selvadurai@mcgill.ca
    Web page: https://www.mcgill.ca/civil/patrick-selvadurai
    Journal Publications: http://www.mcgill.ca/civil/people/selvadurai/list-research-publications

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    I extend my congratulations to the the recipients on their hard work and leadership in their fields but it is concerning to see the lack of racial and ethnic diversity amongst recipients. It calls into question the University’s ability to acknowledge our Black and Indigenous colleagues as distinguished researchers and leaders in their fields. Why aren’t any recipients of McGill and Dawson Chairs from Black or Indigenous communities and very few from other minority groups? Our Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour colleagues need better representation and a stronger voice on campus. If McGill prides itself on diversity, internationalism, and global citizenship, it needs to do better by reflecting that in faculty, student body, and in academic content/prestige. The OPVPA oversees the awards, and is also oversees the University’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Indigenous success, and the recently announced plan for addressing Anti-Black Racism. Perhaps it needs to look at these aspects with a wider lens and make sure there is diversity, equality, and inclusion in all aspects of academia within the university community and stop separating these issues into silos. #mcgilldobetter

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