Senate Award for Service in University Governance

This award was established in 2008 to recognize faculty members for extensive, consistent, and valuable contributions to the academic governance of the University.

The award includes both a framed certificate and recognition on a plaque placed at an appropriate location in the University. In addition to recognition in an appropriate University publication, recipients will be honoured at the last meeting of Senate for the academic year in which the award is given.


Senate is the body identified traditionally and in the Mount Saint Vincent University Charter with the academic governance of the University. The core of its enterprise is academic life, encompassing teaching, research, and collegial collaboration and support. That work takes place, of course, at Senate, which bears ultimate responsibility for academic governance, but it is also dependent on the efforts of department chairs and directors and the work of a variety of committees and other bodies that initiate, develop, and monitor policies established by Senate. These bodies ensure consultation with different parts of the academic community and critical reflection on the issues that shape the academic experiences of the community.

Intended to recognize the work of faculty members, this award is not normally made to a person who currently holds a position in senior administration. The recipient could, however, be someone who has served in an administrative capacity at the University and part of whose contribution to academic governance was made during the period of that service.

The award is given only once to any one person, in recognition of an extended period (normally ten years or more) of significant service to academic governance at the Mount. The award is not necessarily given every year


Nominations, signed by at least two nominators, shall be made to Senate Executive through the Secretary of Senate, by 15 January. Accompanying each nomination shall be a rationale that provides evidence of how the nominee meets the criteria for the award.

A small task group of Senate Executive reviews the evidence presented by the nominators, inquires among colleagues as to both the extent and the quality of the nominee’s service, and makes recommendations to Senate Executive. Senate shall consider in camera the recommendations of Senate Executive and vote, by secret ballot, to approve or not approve an award.


2020 – Dr. Robert Farmer
2020 – Dr. Nargess Kayhani
2017 – Dr. Michelle Eskritt
2016 – Dr. Susan Drain
2015 – Dr. Deborah Norris
2014 – Dr. Robert Bérard
2012 – Dr. Ilya Blum
2011 – Mr. Peter Glenister
2010 – Dr. Mary Lyon
2009 – Dr. Kenneth Dewar