Fonds - Provost and Office of the Vice-President (Academic) fonds


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93.16 m of multiple media records

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(1.13.1937 -)

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J. Peter Meekison received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (1959) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science (1961) from the University of British Columbia. He earned an MA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario (1962) and a PhD in Political Science from Duke University (1965). Dr. Meekison joined the University of Alberta's Department of Political Science in 1967, chairing the department from 1972 to 1974. From 1971-1972, he was Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and served as Vice-President (Academic) from 1984 to 1991. Dr. Meekison held the position of Balzberg Chair in Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law from 1991 to 1994, and was granted the rank of University Professor on July 1, 1992. Peter Meekison took a ten year leave of absence from the University of Alberta (1974-1984) to devote his time to constitutional affairs with the Alberta Provincial Department of Federal and Inter-Governmental Affairs. He was Deputy Minister of the Department from 1977-1984, and during the 1978-1981 constitutional negotiations, Dr. Meekison developed and prepared the formula, tabled by Alberta, which ultimately became the amending formula in the Constitutional Act for 1982. As constitutional adviser to the government, he was actively involved with the Meech Lake Accord (1987) discussions and the discussions leading to the 1992 Charlottetown Accord. In 1993, J. Peter Meekison was appointed a Commissioner of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and served with the Commission until its competed five volume report was published in 1996. He retired from the University of Alberta in 1996, and served as the public administrator for Okanagan University College, and is currently an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Victoria.

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(1906 - 1985)

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Plant scientist, Administrator, 1906-1985. Dr. Arthur Gilbert McCalla was a researcher in the field of protein chemistry, and a senior administrator at the University. He was instrumental in the development and expansion of graduate studies as Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1957 to 1971. During his tenure at the University he held these positions: research assistant, Associate Committee on Grain Research, National Research Council (at the University of Alberta), ca. 1932- 1940; professor, Department of Field Crops (later Plant Science), 1941-1971; Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, 1951-1959; Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, 1957-1971; and Acting Vice-President (Academic), 1969-1970. The McCalla Research Professorships were created in his honour.

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(4.14.1916 - 1991)

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Dr. Max Wyman joined the University staff in 1943 as a Mathematics lecturer. He became a full professor in 1956, Chair of the Department of Mathematics in 1961, Dean of Science in 1963, Vice-President (Academic) in 1964 and president of the University in 1969, which position he held until his retirement in 1974. In 1976 Dr. Wyman was appointed University Professor. Other areas of service included work on various commissions, including the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission and the Board of Review for Provincial Courts in Alberta (Kirby Commission). He also served as Chair of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, 1974-1979. He is also noted for being an Alberta Junior Golf Champion and for having famously written to Albert Einstein about an error in Einstein’s paper 'The Influence of the Expansion of Space in the Gravitational Fields Surrounding Individual Stars.'

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(27 Dec. 1932 -)

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Dr. Myer Horowitz was the ninth President of the University of Alberta and served from 1979 to 1989. Dr. Horowitz was born in Montreal, Quebec. He attended the School for Teachers at McGill University and obtained at Bachelors of Arts at Sir George Williams College in 1956. He earned a Masters of Education at the University of Alberta in 1959 and a Doctor of Education from Stanford University in 1965.

Before his position as Chair of the University of Alberta's Department of Elementary Education in 1969, Horowitz taught at McGill University as a professor in the Faculty of Education for eight years. Horowitz would also serve as Dean of the Faculty of Education from 1972-1975 and as Vice-President (Academic) from 1975 to 1979 at the University of Alberta before becoming President.

In 1989 he became Professor Emeritus of Education and President Emeritus in 1999 at the University of Alberta. In 1998 he moved to Victoria, British Columbia and became the adjunct professor of Education at the University of Victoria.

He was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1990 and received seven more honorary doctorate degrees. The University of Alberta campus features The Myer Horowitiz Theatre in his honour.

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Fonds consists of records pertaining to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Alberta.

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Created by LMCPHERSON 10-29-2007. Updated by AODEEN 6-4-2015. Updated by M.F. 3 Feb. 2022.

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