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University Professors

The University of Waterloo owes much of its reputation and stature to the quality of its eminent professors. University of Waterloo recognizes exceptional scholarly achievement and international pre-eminence through the designation “University Professor”. Once appointed, a faculty member retains the designation for life.

Not counting retirees, it is anticipated there will be 14 University Professorships at steady state, with at most two appointments each year. Such appointments are reported to Senate and the Board of Governors in March and April respectively, and are recognized at Convocation.

Selection process

  1. Annually, nominations will be sought from Deans, Directors and Chairs, as well as from the University community generally. A nominee shall have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement and international pre-eminence in a particular field or fields of knowledge. The individual who nominates a colleague is responsible for gathering the documentation and submitting it to the Vice-President Academic & Provost before the December break. The University Tenure and Promotion Committee will act as the selection committee; its decisions are final.
  2. A nomination must be supported by at least six signatures from at least two University of Waterloo departments/schools and must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and a short, non-technical description of the nominee’s contributions.
  3. A nomination must also be accompanied by letters from the nominee’s Dean, and from at least two and no more than five scholars of international standing in the nominee’s field from outside the University. The scholars are to be chosen by the nominee’s Chair/Director in consultation with the Dean and the nominator. The letter of nomination should explain why these particular scholars were chosen.
  4. Letters soliciting comments from scholars shall be sent by the Chair/Director. Scholars shall be asked to comment on the impact and specific nature of the nominee’s most influential contributions, addressing their responses directly to the Vice-President Academic & Provost.
  5. The dossiers of unsuccessful nominees remain in the pool for two additional years. The appropriate Dean should provide updated information each year. 

University Professors at the University of Waterloo

Name Department
Year awarded
Davidson, Ken Pure Mathematics
2007
Hipel, Keith Systems Design Engineering
2007
LeDrew, Ellsworth Geography & Environmental Management
2009
Li, Ming School of Computer Science
2009
McGill, Stuart Kinesiology
2010
McMahon, Terry Chemistry
2005
Munro, Ian School of Computer Science
2006
Ng, Flora Chemical Engineering
2008

Paré, François

French Studies 2012
Pawliszyn, Janusz Chemistry
2010
Rempel, Gary Chemical Engineering
2004
Stewart, Cameron Pure Mathematics
2005
Stinson, Doug School of Computer Science 2013
Van Pelt, Robert School of Architecture
2005
Zanna, Mark Psychology
2004

Retired University Professors​

Name Department
Year awarded
Boyle, Phelim School of Accountancy
2006
Cameron, Roy Health Studies & Gerontology 2008
Le Roy, Robert Chemistry
2011
Sivak, Jake School of Optometry
2007
Thompson, Mary Statistics & Actuarial Science
2004