Students, staff, and faculty members across the Social Sciences frequently devote themselves to serving their colleagues and their community. We are thrilled to celebrate their efforts and impact.
The Spirit of Brock
At Spring Convocation, two outstanding students were recognized with the Board of Trustees’ Spirit of Brock Medal. PhD graduate Caitlyn Gallant (left) and BA graduate Ben Johnson (right), both from the Department of Psychology, were honoured for their leadership, courage, and dedication to improving the Brock community. Read more.
In late April, Larry Savage in the Department of Labour Studies was elected to the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Executive Committee as Chair of the Collective Bargaining and Economic Benefits Committee.
In March, Kendra Thomson in the Department of Applied Disability Studies received the Association of Professional Behaviour Analysts’ 2022 Jerry Shook Award, which recognizes an individual who has made notable, concrete contributions to professional credentialing in behaviour analysis that help perpetuate the legacy of the founder and first CEO of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), Jerry Shook.
In March, Professor Karen Campbell in the Department of Psychology was recognized with an Outstanding Co-op Supervisor award for the Spring/Summer 2021 term after being nominated by her student, Kiran Randhawa. Read more.
Gary Libben in the Department of Applied Linguistics recently began a two-year tenure as the Secretary of the Royal Society of Canada. He also joined the Board of Directors following a meeting of members at the RSC’s Celebration of Excellence and Engagement in November of 2021.
The Faculty of Social Sciences was pleased to announce that Amanda Smits in the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) was our Staff Student Experience Award winner for 2021. Amanda was recognized for her extraordinary contributions to graduate and undergraduate student experience in the ESRC, and in particular her significant contributions to and focus on student engagement in the development of Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Plan. Read more.
Psychology Students connect with seniors
Brock University students volunteered for the Music and Memory program last winter, building playlists to connect with senior citizens who had been isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Veena Dwivedi in the Department of Psychology wanted to prioritize “putting the human back into human neuropsychology” by looking at not only the diagnosis, but also the person who receives it with her third-year class in Human Neuropsychology. Read more about their experiences.
Ingrid Makus, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, received the Angela Hildyard Recognition Award for Influential Leaders given annually by Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC). The award recognizes continual demonstration of innovative leadership in advancing the mission of, and achieving outstanding contributions to, the recipient’s home institution.
In the spring of 2021, Diane Dupont of the Department of Economics was named a mentor in the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) Scholars Program. The program represents an effort to increase diversity in environmental and natural resource economics, help the newest members of the community succeed and create an inclusive culture that encourages members to give back to the organization and field.
In December of 2020, Professor and Chair Rosemary Condillac of the Department of Applied Disability Studies received the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) President’s Award for Service Excellence in recognition of her extensive work and leadership on committees and projects.
Diane Leon, Academic Advisor in the Departments of Political Science and Labour Studies was recognized with the Brock University President’s Distinguished Staff Service Award in December 2020. Read more.
The Faculty of Social Sciences mourns the loss of Carol Penner, who worked at Brock for two decades and spent fourteen years as Academic Co-ordinator for the Department of Child and Youth Studies. Carol’s many contributions to her department, to the Faculty, and to the Brock community over the years will not be forgotten. Read more.