Will van den Hoonaard
Professor Emeritus in Sociology
Encaenia Ceremony B: May 29, 2008
Will van den Hoonaard’s discourse on ethics is of worldwide importance and he is a Canadian champion of the emergence of qualitative contemporary social research.
An outstanding researcher, his range of work includes studies of the ethnic identity of the Dutch of New Brunswick, the Baha’i community’s social history and dynamics, gender differences in cartography, and the influence of formal ethical review boards on research outcome and academic freedom.
Dr. van den Hoonaard’s publication record includes six books, 42 book chapters and refereed articles, and more than 130 presentations in some 13 countries on five continents. He is also a gifted teacher, and students at both the undergraduate and graduate level have benefited from his excitement and dedication to his field.
His outstanding teaching, research and service have been honoured with a UNB President’s Medal, a Merit Award, and the United Nations Association of Canada Global Citizen Award.
His generous contributions to mainstream media –– on topics as diverse as David Beckham’s impact on soccer in North America and the ethical use of human test subjects –– effectively demonstrate how sociological perspective sheds light on a wide variety of issues.