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Gregory Kealey

Professor Emeritus in History

186th Encaenia Ceremony C: May 29, 2015

Dr. Gregory Kealey is one of Canada’s best-known academic leaders. He has earned an impressive national and international reputation for his achievements in research, teaching and leadership in university administration.

During his tenure at UNB, Dr. Kealey made an outstanding contribution to the history department and to the advancement of research in the humanities and social sciences. He held various senior administrative positions at UNB, including vice-president (research) from 2001 to 2012 and provost from 2008 to 2012.

A prodigious researcher, writer and editor, Dr. Kealey has authored or co-authored five monographs and more than 50 refereed scholarly articles and book chapters.

The founding editor of Labour/Le Travail: Journal of Canadian Labour Studies, Dr. Kealey has helped to pioneer a new field of studies in Canada, establishing standards of excellence and inclusiveness that have given this journal an international reputation. He served as editor for 21 years and continues to provide leadership on its editorial board. He is also editor of the Canadian Social History and the Working Canadian Book Series.

He has given more than 100 conference presentations and has supervised 20 PhD and 15 master’s students, and mentored eight post-doctoral fellows. Many of these scholars are among the most active practitioners of history in Canada.

His numerous awards include the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Canada. He has also won several major scholarly prizes for his monographs, most recently for his co-authored Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America of 2012.

As vice-president (research), Dr. Kealey oversaw the strengthening and restructuring of UNB’s Office of Research Services and increased the research portfolio at UNB – doubling the amount of external research grants and awards received annually.

Within the university, he chaired the advisory boards of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy; the Canadian Rivers Institute; the Chronic Illness Research Institute; the Institute of Biomedical Engineering; Enterprise UNB; and was a member of the board of directors of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research.

Dr. Kealey has been active on more than a dozen research organizations and advisory committees and on numerous academic bodies.  He has served as president of both the Canadian Historical Association and the Social Science Federation of Canada and chaired or served on the boards of many provincial and national organizations, including Knowledge Park, the Research Productivity Council, the NB Innovation Foundation, BioAltlantech, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Council of Canadian Academies.

For his dedication to teaching and research, and his leadership as a university administrator, Dr. Gregory Kealey is most deserving of the honour of Professor Emeritus at the University of New Brunswick.