New Vice-Provost (International) appointed
James Lee has been appointed Vice-Provost (International), succeeding John Dixon who completes his term at the end of June.
“I am very excited to accept this position and with it the opportunity to help advance the international opportunities for students and researchers,” says Dr. Lee. “I also look forward to collaborating with faculties and schools to further the internationalization of the learning environment at Queen’s.”
A number of organizational changes are being made to units involved in international activities in conjunction with the appointment. The Faculty of Arts and Science International Programs Office (IPO) will become a central unit within the Vice-Provost (International) portfolio with university-wide responsibilities. This will allow for increased scope and flexibility for international initiatives and provide the same quality of services across the university as currently available in the Faculty of Arts and Science. The IPO will work with existing faculty and school international offices to support and further their efforts.
The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), currently within the Vice-Provost (International) portfolio, will become part of the Student Affairs portfolio. This change will assist in aligning international and exchange student services with other support services within Student Affairs.
Dr. Lee has held several portfolios as associate dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science over the last five years, most recently as Associate Dean (International and Research). He is currently the academic director of Queen's-Blyth Worldwide International Studies Program and has also served as the Academic-Integrity Advisor to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) since 2007.
He received his bachelor of science degree in geological engineering from Queen’s in 1986 and returned to the university in 1996 as a Queen’s National Scholar in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering. His research programme is international in scope, involving several collaborative projects over five continents, and he has worked with a variety of domestic and multinational industry partners. He has received several Queen’s teaching awards, including the Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Alma Mater Society and the Golden Apple Award from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
“Dr. Lee’s skills and experience will be vital as we strive to internationalize the curriculum and enhance the university’s reputation on the world stage.” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).