Queen's University

For the Record: January 10, 2013

Thu, 01/10/2013


Jill Scott appointed Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)

Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), is pleased to announce the appointment of Jill Scott as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), effective May 1, 2013. Dr. Scott is currently co-chair (with Brian Frank) of the Provost’s Advisory Task Force on the Student Learning Experience, a major focus of which is the assessment and evaluation of the Fundamental Academic Skills identified by the Academic Plan as central to the Queen’s student learning experience. In her new position, she will work closely with the provost in a variety of areas related to the student learning experience, including quality assurance. The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), because of its role in supporting improvements to the student learning experience at Queen’s, will report to Dr. Scott once she takes up her appointment.

Dr. Scott, who joined Queen’s in 2001, is professor, acting associate head and undergraduate chair in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She is also cross-appointed to Gender Studies and affiliated with Cultural Studies. Dr. Scott has taught German language and literature as well as a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses on cross-cultural conflict and human rights. Her research on teaching and learning explores the use of technology to enhance student engagement, and her project, “From Twitter Teaching to MicroWriting,” has been funded by a Procter and Gamble Higher Education Grant and by the CTL.

Dr. Scott is the author of two books, Electra after Freud: Myth and Culture (Cornell University Press, 2005), and A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss and Wrongdoing (Palgrave, 2010). Her co-edited volume (with Leo Riegert and Jack Shuler), Thinking and Practicing Reconciliation: Teaching and Learning Through Literary Responses to Conflict, is forthcoming with Cambridge Scholars Press.

Dr. Scott’s current research harnesses the passion of stories and storytelling to expand and complicate discourses of restorative justice. The project, entitled “Storying Justice,” reads literary and cultural texts, as well as legal and quasi-legal processes and documents, as imaginative frameworks that can lead to the development of new models of justice, such as narrative justice and generative justice. Dr. Scott received the SSHRC Aurora Prize for her research in the area of forgiveness and conflict resolution, which resulted in the publication of A Poetics of Forgiveness. In addition, Dr. Scott is the author of articles on German literary modernism, knowledge mobilization, and outcomes-oriented learning strategies.

Dr. Scott has taken an active role in serving Queen’s, as a member of the University’s Senate (2007-10), the Internal Academic Review Committee, the Queen’s National Scholar Appointment Committees, and the Principal’s Academic Planning Committee.

The Provost is delighted that Dr. Scott has accepted the responsibilities of this role.


Headship Committee — Faculty of Law

William Flanagan’s term as dean of the Faculty of Law ends on June 30, 2013.

In accordance with the procedures established by Senate, a committee chaired by Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), was established to advise the Principal on the present state and future prospects of the Faculty of Law and on the selection of the dean.

Committee members are:

  • Sharryn Aiken, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Law
  • Martha Bailey, Professor, Faculty of Law
  • Kevin Banks, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law
  • Irène Bujara, Director, Human Rights and Equity Offices
  • Jane Emrich Assistant Dean of Students, Faculty of Law
  • Patti Evans Registration/Admissions Assistant, Faculty of Law
  • Alan Harrison Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) – Chair
  • Tsvi Kahana, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law
  • Amy Kaufman, Head, Lederman Law Library
  • Kelley McKinnon, Member, Dean’s Council, Faculty of Law
  • Cherie Metcalf, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law
  • Kathy O’Brien, Executive Director, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) – Secretary
  • David Saunders, Dean, School of Business
  • Robert Thomson, President, Law Student Society
  • Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs
  • Jessica Weick, Senior SGPS Representative, Faculty of Law.

The Provost recently distributed a message to the community. Please review the letter from Provost Harrison.

Members of the Queen’s community are invited to offer comments on the deanship. These comments should be submitted in writing to the Provost through Barb Paquette at barb.paquette@queensu.ca by January 22, 2013.

Please state whether the comments submitted may be shown, in confidence, to the committee members.

Faculty and staff are required to serve on Senate committees

Committee service is a valuable way in which members of the university community participate in the governance of Queen's. Senate committees discuss issues of broad interest to the academic community, and make recommendations on policy and practice that are essential to the university's operations and evolution.

At this time the Senate Nominating Committee seeks faculty and staff who are willing to put their names forward for committee service. Terms are usually for two years, with the number of meetings per year depending on the particular committee's area of responsibility.

For a list of vacancies, visit the website. You can click on the committee name to read the terms of reference and composition. An online application form is at the bottom of the vacancy list.

Community members are urged to consider putting their name forward, either for a committee dealing with a subject that is of immediate interest or concern to you, or for a committee dealing with a subject that you know is important. Either way, committee work allows you to directly impact the way Queen's functions as a teaching and research institution, and as a community of scholars, students and staff.

Applications are accepted until the positions are filled.

If you wish to discuss the opportunity of serving on a Senate committee, please feel free to contact the Secretariat Office at 613-533-6095.


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