Gwendolyn Davies

Professor Emerita in English and Dean Emerita of Graduate Studies

Convocation: October 23, 2008

Gwendolyn Davies has earned a national reputation for her stellar scholarship, inspired teaching and deft administrative skills.

For more than 30 years, her groundbreaking interdisciplinary research has brought to life the spunky men and women of eastern Canada who created a significant body of literary work, despite their geographical isolation and material disadvantages.

In her five books, more than 50 articles and book chapters, and some 70 conference papers delivered around the world, Dr. Davies has brought international recognition to Canadian Maritime Literature.

Her scholarship has resulted in her election to the Royal Society of Canada, an excellence in teaching award, a Commemorative Medal for her contribution to Canadian studies, and an honorary degree.

Dr. Davies is also widely known and recognized as a talented and capable administrator.  At UNB she served as dean of graduate studies and associate vice-president research, and acting vice president (research).  Nationally, she has served with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies, and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Retirement has not slowed the pace of Dr. Davies’ distinguished service.  She is now a visiting senior resident at Massey College and Visiting Fellow in the book history and publishing program at the University of Toronto, and this winter she travels to Oxford University as a visiting researcher at St. Hilda’s College.