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Queen's University

Queen’s National Scholar Program

December 2014

The Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) Advisory Committee has met and reviewed all Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the 2014-2015 program. Of the 20 EOIs submitted, the committee selected four proposals to advance to the second stage of this year’s program.  The fields of the successful proposals are:

Those responsible for the successful submissions have been invited to submit a full proposal that nominates, after an appropriate recruitment process, an individual for appointment. Following a review of the full proposals, the QNS Advisory Committee will make a recommendation to the Principal as to which nominees should receive an offer for a QNS position.  Funding for the program allows for a maximum of two QNS appointments.

Please refer to the 2014-2015 QNS Outline for a list of the materials required for inclusion in all full proposal submissions.

Recruitment Process

We invite applications from outstanding scholars for these four potential faculty appointments under the Queen’s National Scholar Program.

The University has policies in place to support its employees with disabilities, including an  Accommodation in the Workplace Policyand a policy on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee's accessibility needs due to disability. The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact the Chair of the relevant Appointment Committee.


The Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) program was first established in 1985, with the objective to “enrich teaching and research in newly developing fields of knowledge as well as traditional disciplines”. Since then, over 100 QNS appointments have been made in a wide variety of disciplines, and the appellation of Queen’s National Scholar has become synonymous with academic excellence.

Those appointed under the QNS program will have clearly demonstrated their ability to provide rich and rewarding learning experiences (Queen's Academic Plan 2011) to students as well as to develop innovative research programs that align with University’s priorities (Strategic Research Plan 2012-2017).

Appointments will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, either tenure-track or with tenure, depending on level of experience. Only nominees external to the University will be considered for the program. 


Starting with the 2012-2013 competition, the QNS program has had a two-stage selection process. In the first stage, an invitation to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs) is extended to all Faculties and Schools within Queen’s. The QNS Advisory Committee reviews these EOIs, and selects up to four submissions to advance to the second stage.

At the second stage, those responsible for each successful EOI are invited to prepare and submit a full proposal. Each full proposal nominates an individual to be appointed. The QNS Advisory Committee reviews these full proposals and makes a recommendation to the Principal as to which nominees (up to a maximum of two) will be offered QNS positions.

Applications from all qualified individuals are welcomed. Queen’s University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and encourages all applications from equity-seeking groups including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Deans and Department Heads are encouraged to actively seek applications through venues intended to reach candidates from equity seeking groups.

Nominees will not be considered unless their applications have been reviewed in accordance with established Faculty and Departmental appointments procedures, the Collective Agreement or the relevant Senate documents. The employment equity representative of the department's appointment committee is responsible for ensuring that the equity procedures, which includes an equity self-identification form sent to all applicants, have been followed. 

Appointments are subject to review and final approval by the Principal. 


2014-2015 QNS Competition Timeline

  • Completed Expressions of Interest due to the relevant Dean's office: October 17, 2014  
  • Recommendations due from the Deans to the Provost's Office: November 3, 2014 
  • Advertisements posted: December 2014  
  • Completed full proposals due to the Provost's Office: April 2, 2015          


2014-2015 QNS Advisory Committee

Name Position
Brenda Brouwer Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Irene Bujara University Advisor on Equity 
Arthur Cockfield Faculty, Queen's National Scholar
Anne Croy Faculty, Queen's National Scholar
Laeeque Daneshmend
Deputy Provost
Dinah Jansen VP Graduate, SGPS
Steven Liss
Vice-Principal (Research)
Sidneyeve Matrix Faculty, Queen's National Scholar
Mel Robertson Faculty, Queen's National Scholar
Jill Scott  Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)
Allison Williams AMS President

Co-Chair: Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research)
Co-Chair: Laeeque Daneshmend, Deputy Provost
Secretary: Carlyn McQueen, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)


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