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Queen’s National Scholar Program

March 2014

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has elected to withdraw their application from the 2013/2014 Queen’s National Scholar Program. The QNS Advisory Committee will therefore be moving forward with a review of the remaining three full proposals. 

December 2013

Expressions of Interest for the 2013-2014 Queen's National Scholar competition have been reviewed, and we are now awaiting full proposals, for Stage 2 of the competition, in the following four areas:

We invite applications from outstanding scholars for these three 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 Policy and 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.

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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 in accordance with 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. 

2013-2014 QNS Competition Timeline

October 25, 2013  Completed expressions of interest due to the relevant Dean's office

November 1, 2013  All expressions of interest with a signed statement of support due from Deans to the Provost's Office

November 11, 2013  QNS Advisory Committee meeting to review the expressions of interest

December 2013  Advertisements posted

April 2014  Review of Full Proposals

Material for Full Proposals

The full proposals should include, at a minimum, the following documentation:

  • From the nominee
    • curriculum vitae which includes a comprehensive list of publications, awards and grants received;
    • a statement of current and prospective research interests, and a statement regarding teaching experience and interests together with a teaching portfolio;
    • a minimum of three letters of reference, preferably from more than one university or other appropriate institutions; at least one letter must be at arm’s length. Reference letters should be dated, and include the referee’s name, position, department, institution, email address and telephone number, the name of the nominee, and the period of time and the capacity in which the referee has known the nominee;
    • any other materials which may be useful to the Advisory Committee in evaluating the nominee.
  • A report from the department’s appointment committee and the relevant Head(s) and/or Dean(s), outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate, and the alignment between the candidate's teaching and research interests and the area of focus of the proposal will be requested.
    • This will be a major consideration for the Advisory Committee in deciding which two nominees to recommend for appointment.
    • Departments will also be asked to explain how they plan to assist and support appointees in developing their scholarly and research careers in terms of mentoring, teaching release, and research support.
    • It is the responsibility of the Departments, Faculties and Schools to provide sufficient documentation to demonstrate to the Advisory Committee the academic potential, stature, and excellence of the candidate.
  • All nominations for QNS candidates must be accompanied by a completed and signed appointments checklist.

We welcome your questions related to the program at

Assessment Criteria for Full Proposals

A primary consideration of the QNS Advisory Committee will be:

I. the alignment between the nominee’s teaching and research interests and the field or fields of the expression of interest[1],[2]

In addition, nominees are expected to:

II. have clearly demonstrated their potential to provide rich and rewarding learning experiences at the undergraduate and graduate level, or in other mentorship roles.

III. be excellent emerging researchers who have demonstrated their ability and/or potential to develop successful research programs. The nominees will have done so through publications and other impacts arising from their research programs, securing research funding [3], leading or working on collaborative and interdisciplinary initiatives, and being identified by mentors/referees as researchers who have the potential to be highly successful academic research leaders.

IV. have demonstrated a strong potential for pedagogical and research excellence, and innovative and collaborative approaches to teaching and research, particularly with respect to interdisciplinary and emerging fields.

Equity considerations:

V. In addition, the QNS Advisory Committee will give due consideration to equity requirements in the search, review and selection of a specific nominee. In their search for a nominee, search committees are required to adhere to the equity requirements laid out in Article 24 of the 2011-2015 Collective Agreement for All Faculty/Librarians/Archivists between Queen's University and the Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA). 

[1] Note that the expression of interest, for it to have been successful, was itself aligned with the Strategic Research Plan and the Academic Plan, as well as with the strategic plans and priorities of the relevant Faculty/Faculties and/or School/Schools.

[2] Should the interests (both teaching and research) vary from the original proposal, the proposal should explain this and how the particular focus of the nominee aligns with both the academic and research plans of the University as well as the relevant Faculty/Faculties and/or School/Schools.

[3] Tri-council funding (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) or equivalent competitive peer-review funding program.


See below for a list of the members of the Queen's National Scholar Advisory Committee.



E. Berkok

President & CEO of Alma Mater Society

B. Brouwer

Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies

T. Bryant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

I. Bujara

Director, Human Rights and Equity Offices

C. Crudden

Professor, Department of Chemistry and Queen's National Scholar

T. Dacin

Professor & E. Marie Shantz Chair of Strategy & Organizational Behaviour and Director, Queen's School of Business Centre for Responsible Leadership

L. Daneshmend  Deputy Provost

A. Husain

Associate Professor, Department of History and Queen's National Scholar

S. Liss Vice-Principal (Research)

I. Reeve

President, Society of Graduate and Professional Students
J. Scott Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)
A. Vienneau Communications and Special Projects Officer, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

Co-Chairs: S. Liss and L. Daneshmend

Secretary: A. Vienneau

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