Faculty Awards


Internal awards

Arts Award for Distinction in Research

The Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) presents this award annually to a faculty member who has made outstanding research contributions to their field. The award alternates between "emerging" and "senior" scholars.

In 2021-2022, the award will be given to a senior scholar—a scholar more than 10 years from the completion of the PhD.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations require a cover letter (2 pages maximum) identifying the nominee and describing the candidate's research achievements, and a copy of the candidate's full curriculum vitae.

Nominations are solicited from Chairs and Directors, but may also be submitted from departments’ awards committees or from other members of the academic staff.

Departments are limited to one nomination.

Deadline: Friday, March 11th, 2022.

Please submit nominations electronically to kathleen.holden [at] mcgill.ca (Kathleen Holden).

Recent Winners

  • Professor Heidi Wendt, History and Classical Studies / School of Religious Studies
  • Professor Dietlind Stolle, Political Science, 2019-2020
  • Professor Michael Van Dussen, English, 2018-2019
  • Professor Myriam Denov, Social Work, 2017-2018
  • Professor Krzysztof Pelc, Political Science, 2016-2017
  • Professor Russell Davidson, Economics, 2015-2016
  • Professor Ronald Niezen, Anthropology, 2015-2016
  • Professor Vincent Pouliot, Political Science, 2014-2015
  • Professor Isabelle Daunais, Département de langue et littérature français, 2013-2014
  • Professor John A. Hall, Department of Sociology, 2013-2014
  • Professor Michael Wagner, Linguistics, 2012-2013
  • Professor Elisabeth Gidengil, Political Science, 2011-2012
  • Professor Andrew Piper, German Studies, 2010-2011
  • Professor Ngo Van Long, Economics, 2009-2010
  • Professor Lydia White, Linguistics, 2008-2009
  • Professor Michael Cowan,German Studies, 2007-2008
  • Professor Robin D. S. Yates, East Asian Studies, 2006-2007
  • Professor T. V. Paul. Political Science, 2004-2005
  • Professor Yvan Lamonde, Département de langue et littérature françaises, 2003-2004
  • Professor Bruce Trigger, Anthropology, 2002-2003
  • Professor Michael Bristol, English, 2001-2002
  • Professor Michael Brecher, Political Science, 2000-2001
  • Professor Jesus Pérez-Magallon, Hispanic Studies, 2000-2001

Arts Award of Excellence for Administrative and Support Staff

This award is conferred every year, however, alternating between ranks (one year to management staff and one year to clerical/technical staff).

Nomination Procedures

Early in March a memo from the Dean is sent to all staff requesting nominations for the Arts Award of Excellence to acknowledge outstanding performance and achievement by members of the Administrative and Support Staff.

Nominations require a detailed letter of support, signed by a minimum of five (5) individuals of which one may be a student. All members of the Faculty of Arts may support a nomination, that is, academic, clerical, managerial and technical staff, as well as students registered in a Faculty of Arts department. The letter of support should profile the nominee's contributions to the Department, the Faculty, and the University.

For further information, please contact Richard Courtois, Director of Administration at richard.courtois [at] mcgill.ca.

Recent Winners

  • Ms. Lillian Iannone, School of Social Work, 2018-2019
  • Ms. Francesca Maniaci, School of Religious Studies, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Joanne Terrasi, ASCII, 2016-2017
  • Ms. Connie DiGiuseppe, ASCII, 2015-2016
  • Mr. Keith Roche, English, 2014-2015
  • Ms. Franca Ciani, Sociology, 2013-2014
  • Ms. Diane Mann, Anthropology, 2012-2013
  • Mrs. Brigitte Weiss-Dittmann, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 2011-2012
  • Ms. Sima Dantzigian, English, 2010-2011
  • Ms. Elaine Garnham, Economics, 2010-2011
  • Ms. Connie DiGiuseppe, Linguistics, 2009-2010
  • Ms. Meena Mohan, Dean's Secretariat, 2008-2009
  • Ms. Maria Gabriel, Art History & Communication Studies, 2007-2008
  • Ms. Dorothy Alleyne, English, 2005-2006
  • Ms. Linda-Renée Montreuil, Economics, 2004-2005
  • Ms. Georgii Mikula, History, 2003-2004
  • Ms. Valentina Matsangos, English, 2001-2002
  • Ms. Sharon Bezeau, Student Affairs Office, 1999-2000
  • Ms. Sharon Barqueiro, Sociology, 1997-1998
  • Ms. Helen Wilicka, Political Science, 1995-1996
  • Ms. Lois Manton, Dean's Secretariat, 1993-1994
  • Ms. Carol LeDain, Dean's Secretariat, 1991-1992

H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching

The H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching is designed to recognize outstanding teaching in the Faculty of Arts, and is awarded each June at Convocation. All full-time academic staff in the Faculty of Arts are eligible for this award. Any student, alumnus, or member of the academic staff may submit a nomination.

The Arts Prizes and Awards Committee requires for each nominee a completed File2022_fieldhouse_nomination_form.docx, at least one nominating letter from a current or former undergraduate or graduate student, and at least one nominating letter from a fellow faculty member.

Letters should specify what, in the nominator's opinion, constitutes distinguished teaching.  Please include supporting evidence drawn from the nominee’s teaching.  When referencing specific courses please include the course number and the year.

Please submit nominations by email to kathleen.holden [at] mcgill.ca (Kathleen Holden). Should you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Holden by email.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 11th, 2022

Recent Winners

Professor Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, 2020-2021
Professor Marjorie Rabiau, School of Social Work, 2019-2020
Professor Alia Al-Saji, Philosophy, 2018-2019
Professor James Krapfl, History and Classical Studies, 2017-2018
Professor Heather MacIntosh, School of Social Work, 2016-2017
Professor Daniel Heller, Jewish Studies, 2015-2016
Professor Dirk Schlimm, Philosophy, 2014-2015
Professor Laila Parsons, History and Classical Studies/Insitute of Islamic Studies, 2013-2014
Professor Miranda Hickman, English, 2012-2013
Professor Kenneth MacKenzie, Economics, 2011-2012
Professor Tamara Sussman, Social Work, 2010-2011
Professor Myrna Wyatt Selkirk, English, 2009-2010
Professor Kathleen Fallon, Sociology, 2008-2009
Professor Lisa deMena Travis, Linguistics, 2007-2008
Professor Juliet Johnson, Political Science, 2006-2007
Professor Christopher Ragan, Economics, 2006-2007
Professor Andre Costopoulos, Anthropology, 2005-2006
Professor Brian Lewis, History, 2004-2005
Professor Michael Bristol, English, 2003-2004
Professor Peter Gibian, English, 2002-2003
Professor Heather Goad, Linguistics, 2001-2002
Professor Rex Brynen, Political Science, 2000-2001

External awards

Prix du Québec

The Prix du Québec awards have been presented annually by the Québec government to honour exceptional achievements in science and culture.

Recent Winners of the Prix Léon-Gerin (humanities)

  • Professor John A. Hall, Sociology, 2016
  • Professor Jean-Marie Dufour, Economics, 2008
  • Professor Marc Angenot, Département de langue et littérature françaises, 2005
  • Professor Michael Brecher, Political Science, 2000

Killam Prize

Administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, Killam Prizes provide support to scholars of exceptional ability who are engaged in research projects of broad significance and widespread interest.

Recent Winners

  • Professor Isabelle Daunais, Département de langue et littérature françaises, 2016
  • Professor François Ricard, Département de langue et littérature françaises, 2009
  • Professor Jean Marie Dufour, Economics, 2006
  • Professor Margaret Lock, Anthropology, 2005

SSHRC Gold Medal Award

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Gold Medal for Achievement in Research Award is the SSHRC's highest honour. It is awarded to an individual whose leadership, dedication, and originality of thought have significantly advanced understanding in his or her field of research, enriched Canadian society, and contributed to the country's intellectual and cultural life.

Recent Winners

  • Professor Margaret Lock, Anthropology, 2005
  • Professor Charles Taylor, Philosophy, 2003

Kyoto Prize

The Kyoto Prize, considered to be Japan's "Nobel Prize", is a highly prestigious and competitive award given to individuals who have made lifetime contributions to the scientific, cultural and spiritual development and betterment of mankind.

Recent Winners

  • Professor Charles Taylor, Philosophy, 2008
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