Katherine (Kate) Frego

Professor Emerita in Biological Sciences

Convocation Ceremony: May 19, 2017

Dr. Kate Frego has been an active, valuable and very enthusiastic member of the UNB Saint John faculty since 1993. She has served the University of New Brunswick for more than 20 years through exceptional contributions and leadership in teaching, research, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Kate has been a champion of teaching excellence within the wider UNB community. She served as Chair of the Vice President’s Excellence in Teaching Committee from 1995 – 2008, and continues to remain involved. One of her first initiatives as Chair was to create its newsletter Teaching Matters, and she served as its editor, publisher and distributor for nine years.

Dr. Frego was a co-author of the proposal to restructure teaching committees at UNB, and pushed for the development of the Teaching and Learning Centre and the creation of new teaching awards on the Saint John campus. Kate has often acted as a mentor to new faculty and worked to establish a formal peer mentorship at UNB Saint John, named The Kate Frego Teaching Mentorship Programme in her honour.

Dr. Frego’s teaching excellence and educational leadership have been recognized through a series of awards, including the Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, a UNB Teaching Professor Award, and a Neil Scott Educational Leadership Award at UNB. She was the first person to receive both a Distinguished Teacher Award and an Instructional Leadership Award from the Association of Atlantic Universities. In 2008, she was the first person from UNB Saint John to be awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship.  

Dr. Frego has served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Biology Graduate Academic Unit in Saint John since 2000. She has worked tirelessly to advise graduate students and their supervisors, and to revamp the program to better suit student needs.

Dr. Frego is a recognized expert on regeneration of bryophyte (mosses) communities and impacts of forest management practices. She and her students have been involved in research in the Fundy Model Forest; in the Adirondack Mountains, NY; in northern Ontario; at Crane Mountain, NB; and elsewhere in Canada, including several studies on impacts of forest practices on diversity.

Dr. Frego has supervised numerous graduate and undergraduate students and has been successful in receiving funding from a variety of sources including Environment Canada, Sustainable Forest Initiative, NB Environmental Trust Fund, Fundy Model Forest and NSERC. She has published 24 peer reviewed research papers and given numerous presentations at national and international meetings.

In addition to the many significant contributions to the UNB community, Dr. Frego has been and continues to be heavily involved in public outreach through presentations to local schools, gardening clubs and other groups.  Dr. Frego is truly liked and a highly-respected member of the faculty. She has served the university with distinction and today we bestow the honorary ranking of Professor Emerita in Biological Sciences at the University of New Brunswick.