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Faculty recognition

Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes outstanding teaching on the basis of nominations from students and faculty members at UNB.

Dr. Moira A. Law

Dr. Moira Law holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology/Psychology) from UNB (1992), and a Master’s (1995) and Doctorate (2004) in Psychology from Carleton University.

Dr. Law began teaching in the Department of Psychology at UNB Saint John in 2004. She is the recipient of a Departmental Award for Excellence in Teaching (Psychology), a UNB- SRC Excellence in Teaching Award, and was recognized as a Graduating Student Leadership Award High Impact Mentor. As an active member of the UNB Saint John Teaching and Learning Committee, she credits her development as an instructor to the many mentors and passionate educators within that community.

Dr. Law brings her experience as a federal contractor with various government agencies and her passion for following best practices into the classroom; where she prioritizes connecting students to each other and issues outside of the classroom. In the fall of 2019, Dr. Law’s social psychology class conducted interviews with marginalized members of society who shared the daily discrimination and hatred they live with on a daily basis. The students returned to campus, generated 12 polished monologues based on these interviews that are now preparing for staged public performances in the community as The Voices Project, sponsored by the Psychology Society, of which Dr. Law is a co-faculty advisor.

Always prioritizing critical thinking, “She assigned a project which was incredibly interactive and involved a lot of participation from every person.” Most of her students agree that when they leave class, they are still thinking about the discussion.


Dr. Lucy Wilson

Dr. Lucy Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNB (1983), and a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (1984) and Doctorat de la Troisième Cycle (1986) from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI).

A geoarchaeologist, Dr. Wilson came to UNB Saint John first in 1988, and then to stay in 1995, and is a professor of geology in the Department of Biological Sciences. She is a founding member of the international steering committee of the Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) conference series. She is a fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, an associate editor of the journal Geoarchaeology, and a member of the Qesem Cave Research Team. Her field experience has taken her to numerous countries, including France, Israel and Greece.

Dr. Wilson is the recipient of a Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Departmental Awards for Teaching Excellence for both the departments of Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences. She was a University Teaching Scholar from 2014 – 2016.

Dr. Wilson is passionate about her area of expertise and puts great effort into creating an interesting way for students to learn. One student noted that, “The practical component of working a ‘fake dig site’ was fun and challenging.” Another added that professor Wilson is always approachable and makes time for students.

Dr. Wilson is an active member of the UNB community. She has been a member of the Vice-President’s Excellence in Teaching Committee since 2003, acting as co-chair three times. She has been on several university search committees and has been a Student Marshal at Convocation ceremonies since 2004.


UNB Award for Excellence in Research

This award honours faculty who are representative of outstanding research, scholarly, or creative achievements at the University of New Brunswick. It promotes and celebrates an environment that supports intellectual inquiry and discovery.

Dr. Bruce Balcom

Dr. Bruce Balcom holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Allison University (1985), and a Doctorate from the University of Western Ontario (1990). He was an NSERC Post- Doctoral Fellow at Cambridge University (1990-1992).

He joined UNB Fredericton’s Department of Physics, in the Faculty of Science, in 1993. He won a UNB Merit award in 1996 and was an NSERC Steacie Fellowship winner in 2000. He has held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Materials since 2002. He was the chair of the international society devoted to his research specialty from 2013-2017.

As Director of UNB’s MRI Research Centre, Dr. Balcom and his colleagues have published more than 200 research articles, and been awarded more than 30 patents. His work has been supported by more than $20 million in research grants and contracts and led to the establishment of the award-winning local company Green Imaging Technologies. Dr. Balcom has worked with and mentored more than 45 graduate students and 25 post-doctoral fellows at UNB, in addition to a large number of visiting scientists.

Dr. Balcom’s work, and that of the UNB MRI Centre, is well-known in Canada and internationally. Employing magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging, studies of materials and material processing have included work on pharmaceutical tablet dissolution, petroleum recovery, lithium ion batteries and concrete durability. The basis of their success has been the development of a series of new measurement methods which have been recognized and supported by a wide range of Fortune 100 companies.


Professors Emeriti

This honorary rank is awarded, upon or after retirement from active academic duties, to such professors as have served the university with great distinction. Distinguished service shall consist of teaching performance recognized by colleagues and students to be of exceptional merit, extensive research and publication of unusually high quality, contribution to the administration and development of the university of a creative kind, or a combination of some or all of these, and a record of professional conduct that indicates fair and ethical treatment of students and other members of the academic community.

Dr. David Coleman

Dr. David Coleman holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering in Surveying Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (1976, 1988) and a Doctorate in Surveying and Spatial Information Science from the University of Tasmania (1994).

He worked in UNB’s Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering since 1993, and enjoyed serving five years as Department Chair and then 10 years as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He has been a member of both the UNB Fredericton Senate and UNB Board of Governors.

Dr. Coleman has long been fascinated with map-making, and has been an active contributor to the transformation of paper maps and property records into the online services we use today. The author of nearly 200 articles, papers and reports, Dr. Coleman’s research examines technical, social and management issues associated with online mapping and geographic information systems. He has instructed 15 different courses, supervised over 40 master’s or PhD students from 16 countries and continues to volunteer his time to both Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering and UNB’s Technology Management and Entrepreneurship Program.

He served extensively with professional associations, societies and boards outside UNB. Past roles include Invited Member of the Mapping Sciences Committee of the US National Research Council, President of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, and Chair of the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science.

Dr. Coleman is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineers Canada and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.


Dr. Bruce MacDonald

Dr. MacDonald has a Bachelor of Science (1977), a Master of Science (1981) and a PhD (1985). He joined the faculty at the University of New Brunswick in 1986 as a sabbatical replacement and later in 1992 as a full-time faculty member, becoming full professor in 1996.

Dr. MacDonald was one of the key players in the creation and development of the UNB Saint John Marine Biology program. He created, taught and/or co-ordinated 11 different courses while at UNB Saint John. He also played a key role in the creation of the UNB Saint John Marine Semester, which has contributed to establishing the campus’s reputation as among the best marine biology programs in Canada. He won the Department Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010-2011 in recognition of his important teaching contributions.

Dr. MacDonald was an NSERC funded researcher from 1988–2014, and during that time brought more than $2.7 million in research funding to UNB Saint John. He was project leader for the Ocean Production Enhancement Network, an NSERC National Centre for Excellence, a $23 million program that ran from 1990–1994, and was a principal investigator and co- domain leader for the Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN), a $10 million program that ran from 2010-2015.

Dr. MacDonald also has an exceptional record of university service. He has been Chair of the Biology Department; Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Acting Dean of Science, Applied Science and Engineering; and Acting Dean of Graduate Studies. His tremendous contributions to UNB have been recognized through multiple awards, including a UNB Merit Award for outstanding contributions to the University (2009) and the Departmental Award for Teaching Excellence (2010).


Dr. Alan Sears

Dr. Alan Sears holds a Bachelor of Education in History and English (1977) and a Master of Education in Social Studies Curriculum (1985) from the University of New Brunswick. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia (1996).

He joined UNB’s Faculty of Education as Assistant Professor in 1988, was granted tenure in 1996, and promoted to Professor in 1997. He served as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education for a brief period in 2002, and as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Research and International Development within the Faculty of Education from 1999 to 2002.

Dr. Sears’s most significant area of impact and contribution is in curriculum, policy and practice in Citizenship Education and History Education. He has an outstanding record of national research grants, is widely published, and his work is regularly cited.

Throughout his highly successful career, Dr. Sears has been the recipient of numerous awards, including UNB’s President’s Medal in 2019. He has lectured and served as keynote speaker at various lectures around the world, including the Eaton Lecture in Toronto (2017), the Children’s Identity and Citizenship European Association Jean Monnet CICE Network Conference in Corinth, Greece (2017) and the annual conference of The National Council for the Social Studies in Seattle, Washington (2012).

Dr. Sears continues to explore the connections between citizenship education and history education, which is particularly evident in his most recently published book, The Arts and the Teaching of History: Historical F(r)ictions, co-authored with UBC’s Penney Clark.


Dr. Ruth Shaw

Dr. Shaw has a Bachelor of Science (Data Analysis), a Master of Science (Computer Science) and a PhD (Computer Science) from the University of New Brunswick. Since joining UNB, she has taught over 100 undergraduate courses on the Saint John campus. In 1998, she received the Dr. Allan P. Stewart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2006, she received the Departmental Award for Teaching Excellence.

In research, she has successfully supervised and co-supervised both masters and PhD students, taught graduate courses and served on numerous graduate student committees. She has published over 50 refereed publications, 17 scholarly presentations and received more than $200,000 in research funding.

Dr. Shaw has a strong record of university service, including her role as Dean of Science, Applied Science and Engineering from 2008 – 2016. Her impressive list of accomplishments includes the expansion of the Department of Nursing & Health Sciences, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, alignment of undergraduate computer science degree programs between campuses, MPHEC approval of the Data Analytics Certificate and successful applications for CRC (I and II), ACOA and Jarislowsky Chair positions.

As project lead, Dr. Shaw was essential to the success of the Health Research & Programming Initiatives Project at UNB Saint John. Her achievements in this capacity resulted in the UNB Saint John Academic Plan Subcommittee Report on Health Initiatives, the establishment of the bi-campus Graduate Academic Unit in Health, the proposal for a Health Research Institute on the UNB Saint John campus and a new NB-IRDT / RDC site at UNB Saint John.

In recognition of her research, teaching and service, she has received four University Merit awards over the course of her career.


Dr. Melanie Wiber

Dr. Melanie Wiber holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Lethbridge (1978), a Master of Arts from the University of Alberta (1981) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology from the University of Alberta (1986).

An internationally recognized Economic and Legal Anthropologist, Dr. Wiber began teaching at UNB in 1987 and has held the position of Professor of Anthropology since 1995.

She has published extensively in her areas of research, including natural resource management, property theory and action research. For the past 20 years, she has conducted community- based fisheries research across Atlantic Canada. In addition to other book projects, Dr. Wiber published a book on the Erect Men/Undulating Women: The Visual Imagery of Gender, “Race” and Progress in Reconstructive Illustrations of Human Evolution.

Dr. Wiber has served on the executive of the International Commission on Legal Pluralism since 1999, and currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Legal Pluralism. She has received two Merit Awards from UNB as well as a Research Professorship.

She has held visiting researcher positions at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany, and has held 11 awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Since 2006, Dr. Wiber worked on a number of collaborative research projects involving fisheries management, including the Coastal Community University Research Alliance, Oceans Management Research Network Working Group, NSERC Strategic Network Grant, the Ocean Protection Plan Research Grant (awarded through Fundy North Fishermen’s Association) and the Ocean Frontier Institute Research Grant (awarded through Memorial University).