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Principal's Development Fund attracts international scholars


Fifteen scholars from around the world are coming to Queen’s this academic year with funding from the Principal’s Development Fund.

“It’s exciting to be welcoming this group of respected international academics to Queen’s,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “They will enrich our classroom and research environments and their visits will help strengthen our ties to foreign universities.”

The international programs component of the Principal’s Development Fund (PDF) supports visits from outstanding international senior scholars, including scholars from Queen’s major institutional partners abroad, as well as researchers involved in new international collaborations. The PDF also provides seed funding to Queen’s faculty and staff to help institute a research, academic or administrative collaboration with one of Queen’s major international partners.

“The fund’s international programs play an important role in Queen’s international outreach, as they bring experts to the university in many disciplines,” says Vice-Provost (International) John Dixon.

Inés Rodríguez Pedroso, an associate professor of philosophy and social and political theory at the University of Havana, will visit Queen’s in March. She has collaborated with Queen’s researchers and served as a resource for Queen’s students who travel to Havana for the Global Development Studies undergraduate course Cuban Society and Culture.

“Bringing Professor Rodríguez to Queen’s enables students who can’t take the course in Cuba to benefit from her knowledge and experience of literacy and development issues,” says Karen Dubinsky, one of four Queen’s faculty members who submitted the funding application to cover Dr. Rodríguez’s travel and accommodation expenses.

During her visit, Professor Rodríguez will speak to several classes. She will also deliver a public lecture on the history of literacy in Cuba.

Scholars who will visit Queen’s in the winter term with support from the PDF include:
• Glen MacDonald, University of California, Los Angeles, Geography
• Richard Kraut, Northwestern University, Illinois, Philosophy/Classics
• Sidney Dekker, Lund University, Sweden, Schools of Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy/Department of Anesthesiology
• Paul Standish, University of London, Education
• Richard Smith, Durham University, UK, Philosophy
• Wouter De Vos, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Law
• Andrew Gibbs, University of KwaZulu, Durban, South Africa, School of Kinesiology/Health Studies.

Applications and guidelines for the international programs of the PDF for 2011-2012 are available online. Applications for grants must be submitted to the relevant Dean’s office by April 22.

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