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Professor Emeritus in History
186th Encaenia Ceremony C: May 29, 2015
When Dr. Linda Kealey arrived at UNB in 2002, she already had an admirable record of achievement. Her scholarship, teaching and community service while at UNB have cemented her national and international reputations as a scholar. She has contributed significantly to the department of history’s research profile, attracted new graduate students and served at all levels of university governance.
She has published over two-dozen refereed articles and chapters and a groundbreaking monograph, Enlisting Women for the Cause: Women, Labour and the Left in Canada. She has also edited four volumes of essays and published many non-refereed and creative items. She has been a co-editor of Atlantis and the Canadian Historical Review and has sat on several journal editorial and advisory boards; she has also appraised numerous manuscripts for journals and presses. She has presented her research at several dozen academic conferences and served on the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Programme’s Board of Management.
Dr. Kealey was a key member of the Re-Connecting with the History of Labour in New Brunswick team that was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Community-University Research Alliance. In 2009 she convened its conference, Informing Public Policy: Socio-Economic and Historical Perspectives on Labour in New Brunswick, which brought together academics, politicians, and community partners.
Dr. Kealey has supervised five UNB PhD students through to completion of their dissertations and was a critical agent in the development of the proposal for the Atlantic Canada Studies Centre, which is now up and running.
In 2011, she shared the responsibility for the success of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences that elevated the reputation of UNB and STU. As academic convenor, she was the go-between for the national leadership of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the dozens of scholarly societies that meet at Congress.
For this service in particular, she was awarded a UNB President’s Medal in 2012. During her time at UNB, she has served on the Board of Governors and Fredericton Senate. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, her most recent scholarly efforts focus on Women’s History in North America, as well as the History of Health Care.
During her 10-year career at UNB she proved herself a stellar colleague, scholar and teacher and brought considerable honor to UNB. Linda Kealey is most deserving of the designation of Professor Emerita at the University of New Brunswick.