Professor Emeritus in English
Convocation, Oct. 21, 2010
During his 38 years at UNB, Dr. Ploude distinguished himself as a scholar, teacher, administrator, adviser and author.
His dedication to the well being and future of the English department is meritorious. He served as department chair for 18 years, and his colleagues say that the department’s collective success is due — in no small part — to his astute management of resources and his dedication to fostering an environment of support, advice and encouragement.
In addition to a heavy administrative workload, Dr. Ploude devoted much of his time to teaching. He taught courses at all levels, from the large first-year courses to small graduate seminars in his specialty, 19th century poetry and prose. His dedication to his students garnered him a Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Ploude was involved with the department’s flagship journals. He co-founded Studies in Canadian Literature and served as The Fiddlehead’s editor and business manager for eight years. In 1995 he co-edited Fiddlehead Gold, the journal’s 50th anniversary volume.
Dr. Ploude’s commitment to education has also benefited the larger educational community. As chief examiner of the Provincial Achievement Test in High School English, he was responsible for overseeing the creation of a provincial examination for Grade 11 English students and for working with high school teachers across the province on ways to improve instruction and to increase consistency in grading.