Queen's University

For the Record: March 29, 2014

Thu, 05/29/2014


Kathy O’Brien to head international portfolio

Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), has appointed Kathy O’Brien as Associate Vice-Principal, International, effective June 1.

Ms. O’Brien came to Queen’s in 2003 and for the past six years has served as executive director of the Office of the Provost. Over the past six months she assumed the additional responsibility of leading the international portfolio on an interim basis.

“Kathy has done an outstanding job leading the international portfolio through a period of transition and I am delighted that she has accepted this appointment,” says Provost Harrison. “An important part of her role over the coming months will be wide consultation with the Queen’s community as she refines goals and benchmarks in all areas of our international strategy.”

Ms. O’Brien arrived at Queen’s in 2003 as a Major Gift Officer, working in the Faculty of Arts and Science. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Carleton University and a Master of Public Administration (Management) from Dalhousie University.

Read the full text of the Provost’s announcement

John Witjes appointed Associate Vice-Principal, Facilities

Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration), has announced the appointment of John Witjes to the position of Associate Vice-Principal, Facilities, effective September 1, 2014. Donna Janiec will continue in the role of Acting Associate Vice-Principal, Facilities, until September to assist with the transition.

Mr. Witjes (Sci'86), a professional engineer, worked in the private sector before joining Queen's as an assistant manager in Physical Plant Services in 1991.  He was promoted to Director, Engineering in 2003 where he led a team of engineers in support of new construction and facilities maintenance, and assumed responsibility for the operation of the Central Heating Plant and the co-generation facility.

Mr. Witjes was promoted to Director, Engineering and Operations after a 2008 departmental restructuring where he assumed responsibility for facility operations, including custodial, trades and grounds operations with a staff complement of over 200 employees. The role also requires significant consultation and co-ordination with the City of Kingston. For the past six years, Mr. Witjes has been a member and chair of the Province of Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operators (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee.  

Kevin Deluzio appointed head of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Kevin Deluzio has been appointed head of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. Deluzio joined the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in July 2006. Prior to Queen’s, Dr. Deluzio was one of the founding members of the School of Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University with a cross appointment to the Department of Surgery.

His research focuses on the investigation of biomechanical factors of knee osteoarthritis and its treatment. Dr. Deluzio has established a state of the art motion capture laboratory in Hotel Dieu Hospital as part of the Human Mobility Research Centre. He has published over 175 papers and abstracts in a variety of refereed journals and proceedings, and has served as a consultant to companies in the orthopaedic industry. He has served on the executive of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics, as president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society, and on national grant review panels. Dr. Deluzio has been the recipient of departmental and faculty level teaching awards.


Distinguished Service Awards nominations accepted until May 30

The nomination period for the Distinguished Service Awards closes May 30. Inaugurated by the University Council in 1974, the Distinguished Service Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of up to six members of the Queen’s community each year.

For more information see the guidelines and nomination form on the University Secretariat website, email ucouncil@queensu.ca or call the University Secretariat at 613-533-6095.

Honorary degree nomination period now open

Information and nomination forms for 2015 honorary degrees is now available on the University Secretariat website or by contacting the University Secretariat at 613-533-6095. Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 8, 2014.


Staff election to Senate

Online elections are currently running at on the University Secretariat website for a staff position on Senate. The last day to vote is Monday, June 2. Polls will close at 4 pm.

Renewal, tenure, promotion applications

Under the terms of the collective agreement between Queen’s and Queen’s University Faculty Association for faculty, librarians and archivists, Aug. 15 is the deadline for regular faculty to apply for renewal, tenure or promotion; librarians and archivists to apply for renewal, continuing appointment or promotion; and adjuncts to apply for promotion

Members must notify their unit head of their intent to apply for renewal, tenure, continuing appointment,
or promotion by July 1.

Articles that refer to these procedures:

Article 24 – Employment Equity;
Article 30 – Renewal, Tenure and Promotion for Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty Members;
Article 31 – Renewal, Continuing Appointment and Promotion for Librarian and Archivist Members;
Article 32.6 – Promotion for Adjunct Members.

Ph.D. Oral Thesis Examinations

Vivian Leah Wasiuta (Geography) "Sulfur and Reactive Nitrogen Deposited in the Alpine of the Southern Canadian Rockies: Quantification and Assessment of the Main Factors Influencing Deposition"
Supervisors: M.J. Lafrenière, A.-L. Norman,
Thursday, June 12, 1 pm, E314 Mac-Corry Hall

Eric Charles Peterson (Chemical Engineering) "The Use of High Pressure Carbon Dioxide for in Situ Product Recovery of Butyric Acid in a Two Phase Partitioning Bioreactor"
Supervisor: A.J. Daugulis
Friday, June 13, 9 am, 427 Dupuis Hall

Arash Alizadeh (Chemical Engineering) "Study of Sorption, Heat and Mass Transfer During Condensed Mode Operation of Gas Phase Ethylene Polymerization on Supported Catalyst"
Supervisors: M. Guay, T.F.L. McKenna 
Monday, June 23, 10 am, 311 Beamish Munro Hall

Bipin Upadhyaya (Electrical and Computer Engineering) "Composing Heterogeneous Services From End Users' Perspective" Supervisor: Y. Zou, ELEC,
Monday, June 23, 10 am, 302 Walter Light Hall 

Kyster Nanan (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) "Identification and Characterization of Genomic Binding Sites for the Leukemia-Associated Transcription Factor E2A-PBX1"
Supervisor: D.P. LeBrun,
Monday, June 23, 9:30 am, 107 Richardson Laboratory

Brendan Wiltse (Biology) "The Response of Discostella Species to Climate Change at the Experimental Lakes Area, Canada"
Supervisor: B.F. Cumming
Tuesday, June 24, 1 pm, 3110 BioSciences Complex


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