Celebrating our Chancellor’s Professors

The designation of Chancellor’s Professor was created in 2001 and is awarded by the president of Carleton University to recognize the excellence of individual professors and raise awareness of their work, both within and outside the university.

Nominees must have at least 10 years of service as a full professor and their work must be of outstanding merit. Candidates are nominated by the chairs and deans of their respective faculties. Referrals from outside the university are not considered. All successful candidates retain their title until retirement.

Carleton Now is pleased to recognize and congratulate Carleton’s two newest Chancellor’s Professors.

Jean-Guy Godin

Internationally renowned for research in behavioural and evolutionary ecology, Jean-Guy Godin came to Carleton University in 2002 as the dean of science and professor of biology. On June 30, 2007, he stepped down as dean to return to teaching and research in the Department of Biology.

“Although I very much enjoyed serving as dean,” says Godin, who also served as the dean of science at Mount Allison University from 1998 to 2002, “my passion for teaching and research never waned and my desire to return to interacting more actively with students in the classroom and in research sooner rather than later remained strong.”

Godin has earned several awards and honours, including Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, the Paul Paré Medal of Excellence, and a Royal Society (U.K.)/NSERC Fellowship.

Curious about the behaviour of animals since early boyhood, Godin believes understanding their behaviour can help in understanding the dynamics of their populations and in mitigating adverse impacts on them.

“The biological study of animal behaviour can lead to insights into evolution and how individual animals adjust their behaviour in response to ecological and environmental changes, and thus potentially efforts at bio-conservation, for example,” he says. “Moreover, neuroscientists commonly study animal behaviour as a paradigm for how the brain and sensory systems work.”

Joan DeBardeleben

A deep and enduring curiosity about Russia stimulates Joan DeBardeleben’s study of evolving relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation.

Drawn to Carleton University in 1991 by its leading position in the field of East European and Russian studies, DeBardeleben is the director of the Centre for European Studies and a professor at the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) and in the Department of Political Science.

Her studies are timely, she says, “given the current heightened tension in relations between the West and Russia. My experience doing research in and on Russia provides a perspective that helps elucidate roadblocks on the path to forging a more co-operative and less adversarial tone in the relationship.”

DeBardeleben and Russian colleagues have organized several public opinion surveys in Russia’s regions, and she is the author of numerous publications on Russian politics, federalism, labour relations and environmental issues in the post-communist world.

“The collapse of the Soviet Union, the efforts at democratization in post-communist countries, and the rapid progression of European integration have generated intriguing research agendas that also provide ample opportunities for collaboration with scholars from Canada, Europe and Russia. These linkages continually push my work in new directions.”

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By Susan Hickman

For nearly four decades, journalist Susan Hickman has written about every imaginable subject for sundry newspapers and magazines in Canada and abroad, as well as for CBC TV and CBC Radio. She has also managed various publications, including academic newspapers and technology magazines, and was recently commissioned to write a guide for foreign missions serving in Canada. Currently, she is working on a couple of personal memoirs.

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