Warwick, Leier win Dean's medals

October 18, 2006, volume 37, no. 4
By Diane Luckow

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Paul Warwick was setting up a booth for the school of international studies at SFU's 40th anniversary open house when John Pierce, dean of arts and social sciences, told him he had won a 2006 dean's medal.

The award acknowledges achievement in research, teaching and service.

It was an apt moment, says Warwick, since one of the reasons he is receiving the prestigious award is his significant contribution to the new school and its curriculum.

Also receiving a 2006 dean's medal is history professor Mark Leier.

Warwick, who has taught political science at SFU for the past 29 years, is an internationally recognized scholar and the author or co-author of seven books, as well as an impressive list of articles in international journals. He spent the past four years helping to launch the new school and establish a complementary undergraduate program and curriculum. One of the challenges, he says, is to develop courses that cross disciplines—that link history, political science and economics.

"It's exciting at this point in my career."

Mark Leier is a distinguished scholar in the field of labour and left-wing history and is the author or co-author of five books. He frequently appears in the media and holds an SFU excellence in teaching award.

He still finds time for considerable service to the faculty, including serving on nine departmental committees and five university committees.

Since 2001, he has been the driving force behind the centre for labour studies and its programs.

"It's an honour to be singled out," he says. "Everyone in the department does a lot of work."

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