Faculty achievements

UVic Distinguished Professors

The title University of Victoria Distinguished Professor is the highest academic honour that we can bestow on a faculty member.

It is awarded to those who have achieved great distinction in the areas of both teaching and scholarly research, and who have made a substantial contribution to the university and wider communities. The title is awarded to those whose scholarly work is of exceptionally high international calibre and whose teaching and student supervision is outstanding as judged by peers and students.

UVic is proud to award this designation to the following outstanding faculty members:


The title, Provost’s Engaged Scholar, is awarded to tenured faculty members who have achieved great distinction as community engaged scholars.  The award was established in 2014 to celebrate faculty members committment to community-engaged work and the integration of community throughout their research, teaching and service.  Recipients include:

The Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture Series was established by the Vice-President Academic and Provost to highlight and honour outstanding research achievements by women scholars. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Lecture series:

  • 2019 - Dr Victoria Ann Bungay (nominated by Department of Sociology)
  • 2019 - Dr Mikiko Hirayama (nominated by Department of Art History and Visual Studies)
  • 2019 - Dr Ingela Nystrom (nominated by Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • 2018 - Dr. Pamela Sugiman (nominated by Department of History)
  • 2018 - Dr. Virginia Marshall (nominated by Faculty of Law)
  • 2017 - Dr. Sabrina Doyon (Nominated by Department of Anthropology)
  • 2016 - Dr. Sherry Farrell Racette (nominated by Department of Art History & Visual Arts)
  • 2016 - Dr. Anne Wizorek (nominated by Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies)
  • 2016 - Dr. Julie Klein (nominated by Interdisciplinary Academic Programs)
  • 2015 - Camille Norment
  • 2014 - Dr. Ruth Slack, Dr. Ruth Gates and Professor Sara Seager
  • Dr Madeline Kētēskwew Dion Stout (nominated by the School of Nursing)
  • Professor Sali A. Tagliamonte (University of Toronto) October 2nd, 2013  “Internet Language in the Young Generation: so sick or so cool? (nominated by the Department of Linguistics)
  • Professor Abbie Conant (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen) September 18, 2013  “Alone Among Men: my relationship with the Munich Philharmonic” (nominated by the School of Music, Women’s Studies and the Department of Theatre)
  • Ms. Jessica Danforth (Native Youth Sexual Network) April 25, 2013 “The Politics of Sexual Health and Reproductive Health” (nominated by the Department of Political Science)
  • Dr. Deidre McLoskey (University of Illinois, Chicago) January 24, 2013 “Why ethics, not economics, explains how we got rich” (nominated by the Faculty of Business, the Department of Economics and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Dr. Dorothy Smith (University of Toronto and University of Victoria) March 22, 2012 “Exploring the social as if it mattered: what it means to be a feminist scholar in the 21st century” (nominated by the Department of Sociology)
  • Dr. Maureen Dennis - University of Toronto (nominated by Department of Psychology) - May 5, 2011
  • Dr. Yoko Tawada - Literary Scholar (nominated by Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies) - November 1, 2011
  • Dr. Paula Fass - Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Rudgers University (nominated by Department of History)