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Trent University announces 2005/06 Ashley Fellows


Dr. Timothy McGee to share his knowledge of the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and Dr. Randy Stoecker, his expertise in community-based research

Friday, March 18, 2005, Peterborough

For the first time ever, Trent University has appointed two Ashley Fellows for 2005/06 - Dr. Timothy McGee, a recently retired University of Toronto professor who specializes in the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and Dr. Randy Stoecker, a University of Toledo professor who focuses on community-based education.

Equally strong nominations and sufficient funds within the fellowship fund saw Trent's Ashley Fellowship Committee decide to have two fellows next year, said Prof. David Newhouse, committee chair. "We believed having two fellows would give more exposure to the Ashley Fellowship program as well as advance the academic mission of the University," he added.

The Ashley Fellowship is funded by a bequest from the late Professor C.A. Ashley, longtime friend of Trent University and an enthusiastic proponent of the role that informal contacts of college life can play in the academic pursuits of the University. The Ashley Fellow is therefore a visiting scholar who is a resident guest in one of Trent's five residential Colleges. The 2004/05 Ashley Fellow was Tama Turanga Huata from Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Prof. Timothy McGee

Prof. McGee will be hosted at Trent by Lady Eaton College and was nominated by Prof. Roy Hagman, chair of Trent's Modern Languages and Literatures program, representing a number of Trent community members. A professor for 30 years at the University of Toronto, Prof. McGee has long been Canada's leading specialist in the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a noted authority on the music of Canada.

A recent recipient of the Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement given by Early Music America, a Connaught Research Fellow, and a Senior Professor at Harvard's Villa I Tatti in Florence, Prof. McGee is the subject of the upcoming festschrift The Sounds and Sights of Early Music: Essays in Honour of Timothy J. McGee.

Author or editor of over ten books and innumerable articles on a wide range of subjects relating to early music, Prof. McGee's texts are standard works of reference for early music scholars and performers throughout the world.

A noted performer as well as scholar, Prof. McGee was the founding director of the Toronto Consort, Canada's first ensemble dedicated to Medieval and Renaissance music, which he directed and with which he performed in 40 concerts per year from 1972-79, as well as making two recordings. In addition he has trained and performed with many student ensembles over the years and conducted workshops in early music at universities in the United States and Canada.

"Timothy McGee will bring to Trent a lifetime of experience teaching the history, appreciation and performance of European music, both in lectures and in hands-on demonstrations," says Prof. Hagman.  "A great variety of musical activities is being prepared for the period of his fellowship next year, which will be publicized both within Trent and in the larger Peterborough area."

"I am honoured to have received the Ashley Fellowship and look forward to the opportunity to interact with the students and faculty at Trent," says Prof. McGee. "It is a privilege to be associated with such a vibrant university, and I am enthusiastic about the possibility of exchanging ideas on both formal and informal occasions."

Prof. Randy Stoecker

Prof. Stoecker will be hosted at Trent by Catharine Parr Traill College and was principally nominated by Prof. Tom Whillans, chair of Trent's Environmental and Resource Studies program. He is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Toledo and has emerged as one of a few widely respected experts on community-based research.

Prof. Stoecker has authored and co-authored various academic publications on the subject, including the books: Defending Community (Temple University Press, 1994), Community-Based Research and Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2003) and ResearchMethods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach (Sage Publications). He has written dozens of articles and has facilitated workshops and conferences as well as made presentations and keynote speeches in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and across the U.S. 

Prof. Stoecker understands community organization and development, participatory research and evaluation, and community information technology. He has experience applying that understanding across North America and in Australia to community-based research projects, participatory evaluations of development corporations, community organizations, and programs on information technology.

"Trent is poised at the forefront of an emergent university movement and is seeking ways of expanding the dialogue about innovative and best practices in community-based education," says Prof. Whillans. "Dr. Stoecker's fellowship will serve this end."

Prof. Stoecker will be working with the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education (TCCBE) and an array of academic departments. His fellowship is timely given the TCCBE's recently received $965,000 grant to pursue plans for new programs and services.

"I am deeply honored and thrilled to be selected as an Ashley Fellow," says Prof. Stoecker. "The Trent Centre (for Community-Based Education) seems to have developed a very energetic and sustainable model and I want to learn more about that."

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For more information contact:

  • Prof. Timothy McGee, 705-696-1912
  • Prof. Randy Stoecker, 419-530-4975
  • Prof. Roy Hagman, 748-1011, ext. 1527
  • Prof. Tom Whillans, 748-1011, ext. 1389

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