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Honorary degree recipients

Honorary degrees are awarded during graduation ceremonies.

Dr. HEA (Eddy) Campbell

Dr. HEA (Eddy) Campbell, will receive an honorary doctorate of science degree in Fredericton on May 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Over his 10-year tenure as president and vice-chancellor of UNB, Dr. Campbell made significant and lasting impacts on the university. He dedicated efforts to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and appointed the university’s first Elder-in-Residence and Piluwitahasuwin. Dr. Campbell campaigned tirelessly with government, research and philanthropic partners to expand the resources available to UNB students and faculty, all while doubling the university’s endowment fund from $150 million to $300 million.


Drs. Kenneth and Elaine Carty

Drs. Kenneth and Elaine Carty will each receive an honorary doctorate of letters degree in Fredericton on May 25 at 10 a.m.

Ken Carty is an internationally renowned specialist on political parties and electoral systems. He served on federal Electoral Boundaries Commissions for British Columbia and was director of research for the British Columbia Citizen’s Assembly on electoral reform. As one of the country’s foremost experts on democratic party politics, Dr. Carty was honoured with the Mildred A. Swartz Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Political Science Association in 2013.

Elaine McEwan Carty is one of Canada’s pioneers, educators, researchers and advocates for women’s health. In 2016, she was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of her commitment to advancing health-care options for women and her instrumental role in establishing professional midwifery care in British Columbia. Dr. McEwan Carty received a Distinguished Alumnae Award from the Yale University School of Nursing and the Award for Excellence in Nursing from the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia.


Dr. Jaishree Deshpande

Dr. Jaishree Deshpande, co-founder of the Deshpande Foundation, will receive an honorary doctorate of science degree in Fredericton on May 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Deshpande and her husband established the Deshpande Foundation in 1996 to foster social entrepreneurship. The foundation focuses on uplifting rural India by developing scalable, impactful solutions that specifically address micro-entrepreneurship, agriculture, skill development and education, and start-ups. Her extensive acts of philanthropy; including the entrepreneurship centres that she has worked to establish in Massachusetts, India, New Brunswick and in Ontario, are creating a culture of innovation that is transforming the way we see the world.


William (Bill) MacMackin

William (Bill) MacMackin, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters degree in Saint John on May 27 at 3 p.m.

MacMackin’s commitment to athletics extends beyond the university. As president of the Saint John Reds Track & Field Club; past president of Athletics Canada and Athletics New Brunswick; co-founder of the East Coast Games; Athletics Head Coach for Team New Brunswick at the 2022 Canada Games; and head of the Irving Oil Field House fundraising and development effort, MacMackin’s dedication has made a lasting impact on athletics throughout the region.


Wayne Squibb

Wayne Squibb, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters degree in Fredericton on May 26 at 10 a.m.

Squibb, a native New Brunswicker, is CEO of Realstar Group, an international real estate company based in Toronto that he co-founded in 1974. Joining UNB’s board of governors in 1994, he served with distinction for 25 years and played a critical leadership role in the sustainable development and the creation of new master campus plans for the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. He has been a champion of green building and energy management investments, leading efforts to address this significant mind-shift within the university. In 2014, he received an Alumni Award of Honour.


Faculty awards

The Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes outstanding teaching based on nominations from students and faculty members at UNB. The UNB Award for Excellence in Research is intended to honour faculty who are representative of outstanding research, scholarly, or creative achievements.

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

Dr. Hope Alderson

Senior Instructor in UNB Saint John’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, will receive the Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching in Saint John on Friday, May 27. Dr. Alderson’s first taste of teaching at UNB occurred in 2001 and she is known for her easy-to-understand teaching style.

She helps students quickly learn difficult concepts by using tangible real-life examples. Through her passion and enthusiasm for mathematics, she cultivates a positive learning environment in which students feel comfortable speaking up in class, asking questions, and participating in important group work and discussion.

Despite her busy teaching schedule, Dr. Alderson spends her afternoons providing support to students at The Flora Beckett Math and Science Help Centre, where she alters her teaching approach to suit students’ individual learning styles. In further dedication to her students, Dr. Alderson also organizes events within the department of mathematics including Pi Day and The Big Math Networking Event.


Faculty Research Award

Dr. Yonghao Ni

Professor in UNB’s departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, will be presented with UNB’s Award for Excellence in Research in Fredericton on Thursday, May 26. Dr. Ni started his career at UNB in 1991 as a research engineer. In 1992, he was appointed as the NSERC Industrial Research Chair (Associate Chair) in Pulping Technology. In 2002, he was awarded a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Pulp and Paper Science and Engineering, which has been consecutively renewed in 2009 and 2016.

Dr. Ni’s research is interdisciplinary, combining chemical engineering principles with chemistry, polymer science, and overall process engineering. His research has had an impact on commercial operations and provided significant economic, environmental and social benefits to NB, Canada and abroad. He is internationally recognized and is well known in the industry for identifying relevant issues and applying fundamental chemistry and chemical engineering principles to find innovative and practical solutions.


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

Prof. Caroline Purdy

Senior Teaching Associate at UNB’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Director of Teaching Learning Services at UNB’s Centre for Enhanced Teaching and Learning, will receive the Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching in Fredericton on Wednesday, May 25.

With over 18 years of teaching experience, Dr. Purdy teaches with enthusiasm, promotes positive learning environments, and encourages student feedback. She uses innovative teaching approaches in her work to help students learn difficult concepts and shares these with other faculty and teaching assistants. In her role at CETL, Dr. Purdy promotes effective and engaging teaching and learning through instructional excellence and the integration of relevant technology and media.

In addition to her teaching, Caroline has demonstrated leadership in the coordination of the Math Learning Centre and the coordination of large annual Math Competitions within the province and nationally.


Professors Emeriti

The University of New Brunswick typically awards Professors Emeriti distinctions to retired professors who have served the university with great distinction.

Dr. Edmund Biden will receive the designation of Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering in Fredericton on Thursday May 26. Biden was a faculty member at UNB from 1987-2020. During that time, he served the university through several leadership roles, most notably as chair of his department, director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

His interdisciplinary nature and willingness to work with others made him a strong asset to the broader academic community. His excellence in academic service was supported by his greatness in teaching across a variety of levels ranging from first year to graduate studies. As a researcher, Biden was the principal investigator of more than 45 grants from provincial, national, and international sources.

Biden also worked closely with Cuban researchers, completing three Canadian International Development Agency projects. While all notable contributions to the university community, perhaps the most important is how he mentored the next generation of researchers, some of whom are now among UNB’s leading faculty members today.


Dr. Daniel Coleman will receive the designation, Professor Emeritus in Management on Wednesday, May 25 in Fredericton. Dr. Coleman joined the Faculty of Administration at UNB as an Assistant Professor in 1986, since that time he served in several administrative and key leadership roles within the university.

He also served on several Faculty, Senate and University committees, advisory boards, community boards, during his time at UNB. Retiring in December 2021, Dr. Coleman has left an impression on the UNB community, he has taught and developed a number of courses, served on Faculty and Senate Curriculum Committees, and played a key role in the development of five concentrations in the BBA program.

Dr. Coleman has been recognized for his efforts by being awarded the UNB Faculty of Administration Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996, as well as the UNB MBA Society Professor Recognition Award in 2004, and again in 2011. He has authored or co-authored nearly 70 books, book chapters, cases, conference proceedings, papers at professional conferences, and high-quality journal articles, as well as receiving four Best Paper Awards.


Jocelyne Thompson, retired in June 2020 as Director of Collections Services for UNB Libraries after an exceptional career. She will receive the designation of Librarian Emerita on Thursday, May 26 in Fredericton.

She began her career at UNB in 2000 and the transformation in scholarly communications was gaining momentum toward digital resourcing. Diving into the challenge, her impact is now experienced by UNB student and faculty researchers through access to digital resources at a level competitive with research libraries across the country. Due to the work of Thompson and others, our collections were expanded from 3000 journal titles to over 100,000 e-Journals, allowing UNB researchers equal access to resources available only at much larger institutions.

Her impact on the lives of UNB scholars will continue, and her work will contribute to future studies of our province. Thompson is the founding editor of the New Brunswick Bibliography Series and a former Provincial Librarian and Director of the New Brunswick Public Library System.


Dr. Gary Waite will receive the designation Professor Emeritus in History on Thursday, May 26 in Fredericton. After joining UNB in 1987, Dr. Waite participated enthusiastically in departmental service, as Director of Honours, Director of Graduate Studies, and several years as Department Chair. He served too on the UNB Board of Governors and its Executive Committee and Fredericton Senate.

A beloved and popular teacher, Dr. Waite brought his fascinating research into the classroom. In recognition of his long career as an internationally known scholar of the religious and cultural history of early-modern Europe, UNB awarded him the inaugural UNB Excellence in Research Award in 2018. Two years later the Royal Society of Canada elected him a Fellow in the Academy of the Arts and Humanities.

A Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, Dr. Waite is author or editor of eight books and over 70 articles and chapters and is currently co-editing an historical source reader on European racism for undergraduate classrooms. Dr. Waite has supervised several Honours and Graduate students and served as external examiner and scholarly assessor for numerous other universities and research bodies.


Dr. Robert Whitney will receive the designation, Professor Emeritus in History and Politics in Saint John on Friday, May 27. Dr. Whitney joined UNB in 2000, becoming a full-time professor in 2013. In addition to serving on Faculty committees, he took a leadership role with the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT), serving on the post-strike bargaining team in 2014.

He has been a key member of a number of graduate committees in several fields including Education, Sociology and History. In addition, Dr. Whitney has published two foundational books on Cuban history, both with highly respected university presses. Outside the University, he works with a number of community organizations, including the Saint John Newcomers Centre.


Dr. Pam Whitty

Dr. Pam Whitty, Professor at UNB’s Faculty of Education, will receive the designation of Professor Emerita in Fredericton on Wednesday, May 25. Dr. Whitty obtained her Doctor of Education from the University of Maine (Orono) and came to UNB in 1991 after working in the public school system.

She earned the status of full professor in 2001 and has made considerable research and curricular contributions to the Faculty of Education, the University of New Brunswick and the Province of New Brunswick, particularly in the areas of early childhood curriculum, early literacies and multi-modalities, the cultural construction of childhood and critical research.

Among the many accomplishments which round out her considerable resume, Dr. Whitty helped establish the UNB Early Childhood Centre in 1991 and played an important role in spearheading the creation of Critical Studies as a new area of study in the Faculty of Education’s master’s program.