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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 in Fredericton on Thursday, Oct. 14. Over his 10-year tenure as president and vice-chancellor of the University of New Brunswick, Dr. Campbell made a significant and lasting impact by raising the university’s profile, quantifying its contribution to New Brunswick’s economy, greatly increasing the amount of financial support available to students, and orchestrating the university’s various research strengths into collaborative centres of excellence.

He dedicated efforts to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and appointed the university’s first Kchichituwinut (Elder-in-Residence) and Piluwitahasuwin (Assistant Vice-President Indigenous Engagement). 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. UNB is a stronger, more prosperous university because of Dr. Campbell.


William (Bill) MacMackin

William (Bill) MacMackin will receive an honorary doctorate of letters in Saint John on Friday, Oct. 15. A leader in the New Brunswick business community, MacMackin received his Bachelor of Business Administration from UNB in 1987. As co-owner of Atlantic Canada’s largest family-owned funeral service company, Select Community Funeral Homes Inc. and Brenan’s Funeral Homes, MacMackin has been instrumental in building among the largest athletic scholarship endowments for UNB’s track and field teams, leading to the sport regaining its place in the U Sports landscape at UNB.

MacMackin’s commitment to athletics extends beyond the university. As president of the Saint John Track Club, past president of Athletics Canada and Athletics New Brunswick, founder of the East Coast Games, Athletics Head Coach for Team New Brunswick at the 2021 Canada Games, and head of the Irving Oil Field House fundraising and construction effort, MacMackin’s dedication has made a lasting impact on athletics throughout the region.


Professor Emerita

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

Dr. Pam Whitty

Dr. Pam Whitty, Professor at UNB’s Faculty of Education, will receive the designation of Professor Emerita in Fredericton on Thursday, October 14. 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.


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

Dr. C. 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, Oct. 15. Dr. Alderson’s first taste of teaching at UNB occurred in 2001. She is known for her easy-to-understand teaching style which 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 adapts 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

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, Oct. 14. 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

Prof. Caroline Purdy, Teaching Professor 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 Thursday, Oct. 14.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Prof. 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, Prof. Purdy promotes effective and engaging teaching and learning through instructional excellence and relevant technology and media integration. In addition to her teaching, Prof. Purdy has demonstrated leadership in the coordination of the Math Learning Centre as well as large annual math competitions within the province and nationally.