Jane Fritz   2008 President's Medal Recipient

Dr. Fritz has had a distinguished career at the University of New Brunswick which began when she joined the Faculty of Computer Science in 1980.  Her many contributions within her discipline have made her a valued Faculty member.

She is well known as an excellent teacher and was recognized as such when she received the Allan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1989.  Her areas of specialization include information systems and decision support, hypertext systems, multimedia and e-Learning.  Over the years she has touched the lives of many students having taught 15 different undergraduate courses, supervised over 200 senior student projects, technical reports and honours theses, 23 masters theses and a PhD thesis.  She has also been an active researcher and scholar, holding a number of research grants and contracts.  She has published 26 refereed papers, 3 book chapters, made many conference presentations and served as a reviewer in a number of capacities.  She has been recognized within her field with awards from the Canadian Information Processing Society and the Information Technology Association of Canada.  Her service within the Faculty is remarkable and has included student advising, numerous committees and various administrative roles, including a term as Dean.   However, it is perhaps her service to the wider university community that truly sets Jane Fritz apart from others.  Throughout her career, she has served on a multitude of Senate and University committees and as a Don in Residence and Director of Shad Valley.  In 2004 she was appointed as the Associate Vice President Academic responsible for the Learning Environment.  With her vision, and under her guidance, the Centre for Enhanced Teaching and Learning was formed through the amalgamation of the relevant people from ITS, Media Services, and the Teaching & Learning Center. She was instrumental in establishing the International Relations Office and getting internationalization on the agenda of UNB(F).  With her passion for doing what is right, she provided leadership for accessibility initiatives on campus, the creation of the Human Rights Office and the development and adoption of the Declaration of Rights and Responsibilities.  In her current role as Acting Vice-President Fredericton (Academic)  she is continuing to provide exemplary  leadership and working hard to move important agenda items forward.It is not just what she has accomplished, but how she has done it that is important to recognize.  When asked about Jane, colleagues describe “her trademark energy, integrity, common sense, and deep appreciation for the needs of the whole student”. They note that “She does every task honestly, efficiently, and well, giving the informed and personal touch that marks her life and career.”  They reflect that “Never satisfied with the status quo, Jane asks us to look at things in new ways, and is especially keen to see concrete actions rather than just discussion.”

In summary, throughout her career Jane has tirelessly engaged with and on behalf of UNB.  She is certainly one who has made a significant difference and is well deserving of a President’s Medal.


Dr. Shirley Cleave
Associate Vice-President Academic (Learning Environment)