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Professors Emeriti

The University of New Brunswick will award Professors Emeriti distinctions to four of its retired professors who have served the university with great distinction.

Liuchen Chang

Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Liuchen Chang

Dr. Liuchen Chang joined UNB as an assistant professor in 1992, contributing significantly and continuously to the university’s electrical and computer engineering department. Dr. Chang is recognized for his renowned work in power engineering across Canada and abroad. He has published more than 380 refereed papers in journals and conference proceeding, supervised 19 postdoctoral fellows, received research funding of $24 million, and has supervised or co-supervised eight research associates/scientists, 39 PhD students and 44 Master of Science students.

Dr. Chang worked hard to change the face of research in electric power at UNB and played a large role in growing the program to international recognition. He started with the Sustainable Power Research Group, which has evolved into the Emera and NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies.

Dr. Chang is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, winner of the Canadian Wind Energy Association R. J. Templin Award, and is currently president of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.

Ross Leckie

Professor Emeritus in English

Dr. Ross Leckie

Dr. Ross Leckie has been part of UNB’s English department as a professor and director of creative writing since 1997. During his time, he supervised 50 graduate students in creative writing and co-supervised seven. Twenty-six of these students have published books, launching successful literary careers.

Dr. Leckie was editor-in-chief of The Fiddlehead, Canada’s oldest literary journal. During this time, the journal’s external grants increased from $25,000 a year to between $80,000 and $90,000. He now contributes as an active associate editor.

Dr. Leckie authored three well-regarded books of poetry and co-edited Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada, a landmark collection. He published poems in journals across Canada and internationally, and published scholarly articles on 20th century American and Canadian literature, post-colonial literature and cultural studies. He also played a significant role in the creation of the New Brunswick Book Awards and was recently awarded the Community Impact Award at Word Feast, a community-driven literary festival in Fredericton.

Marc Milner

Professor Emeritus in History

Dr. J. Marc Milner

Dr. J. Marc Milner is one of Canada’s premier historians whose work has made a significant impact locally, nationally and internationally. During his 33 years at UNB, Dr. Milner provided extraordinary leadership as director of the military and strategic studies program and the Brigadier Milton F. Gregg, VC, Centre for the Study of War and Society from 1986 to 2019, and as chair of history from 2001-2006. He supervised 70 master’s students and PhD students to completion, and taught nearly 5,000 undergraduates.

Dr. Milner is the author of 16 books and three edited volumes, 57 scholarly chapters and articles, 97 popular articles, and papers for 45 academic conferences, including six keynotes. His work has appeared in five languages and Braille. As director of the NB Military Heritage Project, Dr. Milner oversaw the publication of 28 books on New Brunswick history. His national and international awards include UNB University Research Scholar in 2010, the Admiral’s Medal from the Royal Canadian Navy for “outstanding achievements in the advancement of maritime affairs in Canada,” the Brigadier Collins Book Prize from the US Commission on Military History, and appointment as an Honorary Colonel in the RCAF in recognition of his 22 years of service on Canada’s military colleges oversight boards.

Jon Douglas Willms

Professor Emeritus in Education

Dr. J. Douglas Willms

For over 40 years, Dr. J. Douglas Willms dedicated his career to research and program development aimed at improving the life chances of children. He is known for his pioneering work on school effectiveness and the effects of inclusive school practices. Dr. Willms also made significant contributions to children’s health and well-being, youth literacy, accountability of school systems and the development of practical assessment tools to support the work of teachers and principals.

Dr. Willms has published over 300 research articles and given lectures and keynote presentations in over 50 countries. He is the past president of the International Academy of Education, a member of the US National Academy of Education and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

From 2002 to 2017, he held the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Literacy and Human Development at UNB. He also served as director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy from 1996 to 2019.