Simon Fraser University

Four honoured for excellence

July 08, 2004 , vol. 30, no. 6

By Diane Luckow
Meredith Kimball (left), Murray Munro (seated) and Gordon Myers along with Marianne Ignace (not pictured) are this year's winners of the dean of art's medal for academic excellence in research, teaching and service. Four members of the faculty of arts have received the dean's medal for academic excellence in research, teaching and service.

Marianne Ignace of the sociology/anthropology department and the First Nations Studies program, Meredith Kimball of women's studies/psychology, Murray Munro of linguistics and Gordon Myers of economics were nominated by their department chairs or directors in one of three career categories: junior, mid-career and senior.

Ignace won for her exceptional dedication to SFU's First Nations program in Kamloops, where she teaches anthropology, First Nations studies and courses in First Nations languages and linguistics.

Despite maintaining a teaching load equivalent to almost three times that expected of tenure track faculty, she also has a good record of scholarly activity. She was a joint investigator on two Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants in 2000-2003 and co-authored two books in the past two years, among other projects. Ignace's significant contributions in the community also earned her the Kamloops YWCA woman of distinction award for service in 2003.

Meredith Kimball, who will retire at the end of the summer semester, won for her exceptional scholarship achievements and her contributions to university life. Kimball holds a distinguished member award from the Canadian Psychological Association and a distinguished publication award from the Association for Women in Psychology. Kimball twice served as chair of the women's studies department and has held many administrative positions within the department of psychology and within the university. During her career, she has supervised 30 graduate students and served on the committees of another 50.

Munro has an international reputation as one of the top scholars in the field of applied linguistics and is an expert in second language learning. Recently promoted to the rank of professor, he is cited for his contributions to the applied linguistics course curriculum, his activities as director of the teaching English as a second language program and his contributions to his department. In the 10 years since his arrival at SFU he has been an investigator or co-investigator on five SSHRC grants.

Gordon Myers won in the junior career category for his significant research achievements, including four consecutive SSHRC grants and 18 articles in refereed journals since 1990. He is also credited for his work as graduate chair and for helping to attract several leading economists to the faculty.