Vaughan Dickson

Professor Emeritus in Economics

Encaenia Ceremony C, May 30, 2013



Dr. Dickson came to UNB in 1974. Over his 37-year tenure in the department of economics, he established himself as a solid educator and a highly regarded and respected leader.

Dr. Dickson has always taken his role as an educator very seriously. One to never shy away from responsibility, he assumed a full teaching load year after year, while at the same time, producing an impressive number of publications. He had high expectations of his students and in return treated them fairly and with respect. His work on behalf of his students – whether advising or supervising – was seen by his colleagues as crucial to the strength of the program.

Dr. Dickson taught and specialized in industrial organization – an area of economics that investigates the behaviour of commercial businesses. In addition to his teaching and research commitments, he was director of undergraduate studies for 22 years. He is credited with inspiring many undergraduates to go on to graduate work.

His dedication to the well being and future of the economics department is meritorious.  He served as department chair for seven years, and many of his colleagues would agree that the department’s collective success is due — in no small part — to his dedication to fostering an environment of support, advice and encouragement.

Dr. Dickson had a distinguished career at UNB. He was an outstanding scholar, a superb teacher, and a well-respected academic who made significant contributions to his department and to the university.

His record of accomplishment exemplifies the qualities of excellence and exceptional merit that are important criteria for the achievement of professor emeritus status.