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Queen's University

Appointment of Vice-Provost (International)

June 22, 2012

The Provost, Alan Harrison, is pleased to announce that Dr. James K.W. Lee has accepted an appointment as Vice-Provost (International) for a two-year term effective July 1, 2012.  Dr. Lee will succeed Dr. John Dixon who completes his term as Vice-Provost (International) at the end of June.

Over the last five years, Dr. Lee has held several portfolios as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science – 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) from 2007 to the present.  He is a member of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board - the national body responsible for the accreditation of all engineering programs in Canada - and is a Lieutenant-Governor Appointed Councillor of Professional Engineers Ontario. 

Dr. Lee received his BSc in Geological Engineering from Queen’s, and an MA and PhD from Princeton University.  He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra before coming to Queen’s in 1996 as a Queen’s National Scholar in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.  He was promoted to Professor in 2007.

 Dr. Lee’s research focuses on the applications of diffusion and transport mechanisms in the radioisotopic dating of rocks to solve fundamental geological and geological-engineering problems in such diverse areas as the ancient assembly of supercontinents, the thermal evolution of the Earth’s crust, tectonics, and mineral exploration.  His research programme is international in scope, involving several collaborative projects over five continents.  He has published widely in international scholarly scientific journals and has collaborated actively with a variety of domestic and multinational industry partners.

 Dr. Lee was a co-recipient of the Brian J. Skinner Award from Society of Economic Geologists and has also been the recipient of 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.

In conjunction with this appointment, a number of organizational changes are being made to units involved in international activities.  First, after considerable discussion, Alan Harrison and Alistair MacLean, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, are pleased to announce that 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 that 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.

In making this announcement, Alan Harrison wishes to thank Dr. John Dixon for his many years of service to university administration and to wish him well on his return to his home department in Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.



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