Announcement - Retirement of Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon
Posted April 18, 2012
A large contingent of colleagues, friends, and family gathered on April 13th to celebrate the distinguished career of Professor Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon, who retires in June 2012. Elizabeth is a fine teacher, scholar, and administrator and the first woman to be Chair of the Department of Political Science (1993-1996). Her books on Canada and the International Seabed (on the development of Canada’s policy on deep seabed mining) and Canada and the Beijing Conference on Women (on the formulation of Canada’s policy for a key international conference) are widely acclaimed contributions to political science.
Elizabeth made a heartfelt speech about her career and her plans for the future. We wish her all the best. Dr. Andrew Nelson, Associate Dean of Social Science, spoke of Elizabeth’s many accomplishments, especially in the area of service. The Chair of Political Science, Charles Jones, described her achievements in teaching, research, and service. He was also privileged to announce the Dr. Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon Graduate Scholarship. Made possible by an anonymous donor who wanted to honour Elizabeth’s fine research and teaching career, this generous award will be given annually to a full-time graduate student who is in a doctoral program in the Faculty of Social Science, based on academic achievement and research merit with preference given to students in Political Science. Candidates will be PhD students whose thesis research focuses on promoting one or more of the following: women’s human rights, women’s equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s full participation in decision-making in at least one level of governance. Through the Ontario Graduate Scholarship matching policy, this $5,000 scholarship will be worth a total of $15,000 for OGS winners.