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Trent University Announces Eminent Service and Distinguished Researcher Award Recipients


Top Awards to be Presented at Convocation Ceremonies June 1 and 2

Friday, May 5, 2006, Peterborough

The 2006 recipients of two of Trent University's most prestigious faculty and staff awards have been announced. The Eminent Service Award and the Distinguished Researcher Award will be presented during convocation ceremonies on Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2.

Eminent Service Award

Created in 1978, the Eminent Service Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the life of the University. This year, two awards will be bestowed. The awards will be presented to Professor Elwood Jones and, posthumously, to Edward Tremain on Thursday, June 1 during the 10:00 a.m. convocation ceremony.

Elwood Jones

Elwood Jones has been a professor in the Department of History at Trent University for 35 years. Endearingly referred to as "Mr. History", Professor Jones is one of the most recognized historians in the Peterborough area and is known for consistently bridging the gaps between teaching, research, and community service.

Throughout his time at Trent, Professor Jones has made distinguished contributions to his discipline, to University service, and to college life as Master of Otonabee College from 1978 to1983 and as Senior Tutor from 1998 to 2003.

Outside of teaching and research, Professor Jones has served in key positions for a number of national, provincial, and local organizations. These roles include: Director of the Canadian Historical Association, Director of the Ontario Historical Society, President of the National Archival Appraisal Board, President of the Peterborough Historical Society and President of Trent Valley Archives. Professor Jones has also held editorships with the Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society, PHS Bulletin, and Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley.

In addition, Professor Jones is known for transferring his historical expertise into a format that makes history accessible to a broader local audience, including high school students and the broader community. In fact, one of his key achievements in the area of public history is a monograph on Anson House written by his fourth year students and edited by Professor Jones.

For all of his work at Trent and in the community, one nominator aptly stated that "Professor Jones has forged bonds between Trent and Peterborough that will last long beyond his career at Trent."

Edward Tremain

Ted Tremain was an exemplary at-large member of the Board of Governors of Trent University for three terms. As a governor he was highly regarded for this strength of purpose, integrity and ethics, sensitivity, and humanity.

For six of the eleven years Mr. Tremain served on the Board, he also played a lead role in designing and running the Beyond Our Walls fundraising campaign, the most successful capital campaign that Trent has held to date.

One nominator referred to Mr. Tremain as a "shining example" who "made outstanding contributions to University life that went far beyond the performance of his volunteer role." Another nominator stated, "He was a person who, in my view, was a "giver" rather than a "taker" and in the land of the givers, he was a giant…Trent is a better place because of his presence and involvement."

Ted Tremain retired from the Board in June 2005. However, after his retirement, he continued to serve as an external member of one of the Board's committees. In November, he was made an Honorary Member of the Board in recognition of past contributions and continuing interest in Trent.

Mr. Tremain died in December 2005.


Distinguished Researcher Award

Established in 1986, the Distinguished Researcher Award is given annually to a member of the Trent University faculty in recognition of outstanding achievements in research and scholarship. This award will be presented to Barbara Marshall, Professor of Sociology, on Friday, June 2 at the 10:00 a.m. convocation ceremony. 

Barbara Marshall has been a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Trent University since 1989. Her focus in both teaching and research is on classical and contemporary sociological theory, as well as gender, sexuality and technology. Professor Marshall's scholarly research has tackled a number of key questions relating to gender relations, modern social theory, feminism, and sexuality studies.

Professor Marshall's current research project is exploring the links between gender, sexuality, biomedical technologies, and consumer culture through a focus on the concept of 'sexual dysfunction'.  Related to this project, she is completing a series of articles, co-authored with Dr. Stephen Katz, which explore the convergence of scientific and commercial interest in mid and late-life sexuality.

The author of two books, Configuring Gender: Explorations in Theory and Politics, and Engendering Modernity: Feminism, Social Theory, and Social Change, and co-editor of Engendering the Social: Feminist Encounters with Sociological Theory and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Professor Marshall's work is known and respected around the world. Her research on feminism, social theory and modernity has also been published in many prestigious journals, including Sociological Review and Journal of Classical Sociology.

Professor Marshall's many nominators summed up her strengths by stating:

"She is most deserving of this award and one of the finest academics I have known."

"She is a scholar of international stature."

"Her breadth of knowledge is matched only by her depth of knowledge and critical insight."

"There is no doubt whatsoever that Barbara Marshall is a commanding social theorist and a dynamic and prolific researcher whose outstanding work and international reputation is an enormous contribution to the profile of both our Sociology Department and Trent University."

"Barbara Marshall is an inspiration to the rest of us and a model of what a prolific and respected researcher should be."

"There is no doubt that Professor Marshall is at the forefront of her field."


For more information, please contact:

Professor Elwood Jones, 748.1011 ext. 1200

Professor Barbara Marshall, 748.1011 ext. 1334

Nancy Smith, University Secretariat, 748.1011 ext.1223

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