82 Appointment of Professor Janet Paterson as Principal of Innis College

PDAD&C #82, 2004-05


To:   Faculty, Staff and Students of Innis College                                                                  Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:   Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date:   May 6, 2005
Re:   Appointment of Professor Janet Paterson as Principal of Innis College

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Janet Paterson as Principal of Innis College for a five-year term, beginning July 1, 2005 and ending June 30, 2010.

Professor Paterson received her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.  Upon completion of her doctorate in 1981, she joined the Department of French at Erindale College where she taught until 1991.  She was then appointed to the St. George campus. Professor Paterson was promoted to Full Professor in 1992.  In 2000, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

During her distinguished career, Professor Paterson has pursued her passion for research in Quebec literature and literary theory.  In 1988, she published a book on Quebec’s best known author, Anne Hébert.  In 1990, she published a book on postmodernism in Quebec literature for which she was awarded the Gabrielle Roy prize.  A translation of the book was published by University of Toronto Press in 1994.  In 1999, she co-authored a critical edition of a Quebec novel written by Hubert Aquin.  In recent years, she has written and lectured extensively on the question of “Otherness” in Quebec literature, culminating in the publication of a book in 2004.  For this project, she worked with a group of doctoral students to develop a data base which is being used in many courses across Canada.  She has also edited four books and two issues of scholarly journals.

Professor Paterson’s research has been supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  She has served on a number of peer-review committees and editorial boards and has been a member of an international research group on transculturalism.  She is an active member of several professional associations including the Association of Canadian and Quebec literature and the Association of Canadian Studies where she has held several administrative positions.

Professor Paterson has experience in University administration.  She was Associate Chair, Graduate Studies in the Department of French (1991-95), Associate Dean, Humanities (1996-1998) and Chair of the Department of French (1998-2004).  Professor Paterson has served on numerous University committees.

Professor Paterson brings to the position of Principal of Innis College extensive experience and sensitivity to the qualities that make Innis College unique.  I am sure that you will share my enthusiasm in the selection of Professor Janet Paterson as Principal of Innis College.