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James Chair StFX

Dr. W.F. James Chair of Studies in the Pure and Applied Sciences

The purpose of the Dr. W.F. James Chair of Studies in the Pure and Applied Sciences is to promote scholarly activity in the pure and applied sciences through three initiatives: the James Research Chairs, the James Visiting Chairs, and the James Research Equipment and Support Program.

James Research Chairs

Visiting Chairs Program

Research Equipment and Support Program

James Research Chairs

James Research Chairs are awarded annually to tenured faculty at StFX doing cutting edge scholarship in the natural or physical sciences by providing teaching release of up to 15 credit hours over the term of the appointment.  To be eligible, the appointee must be a regular, full-time, tenured member of StFX faculty; be a pre-eminent scholar and recognized internationally as an established or emerging leader in their field; and illustrate how the partial release from teaching duties is expected to have a demonstrable positive impact on their scholarly productivity.

Current StFX James Chairholders:

  • Dr. Brendan Murphy, Department of Earth Sciences: 2018-2020
  • Dr. Russell Wyeth, Department of Biology: 2018-2020
  • Dr. David Garbary, Department of Biology: 2017-19
  • Dr. Ricardo Scrosati, Department of Biology: 2017-19
  • Dr. Alan Anderson, Department of Earth Sciences: 2016-18
  • Dr. Peter Poole, Department of Physics: 2016-18

Visiting Chairs Program

The appointee to the Dr. W.F. James Visiting Chair may be a generalist of stature in society at large and of mature reputation who would be looked upon primarily as a teacher and public lecturer; or a noted scholar who would be looked upon primarily as a public lecture and researcher; or a very promising scholar who would be considered primarily as a researcher.  The appointment of individuals to the James Visiting Chair may be for any length of time to a maximum of one year. Letters of invitation and appointment shall be sent by the Academic Vice-President and Provost. A statement describing the financial support paid to the James Chair professor shall accompany the letter of appointment.

Visiting James Chairs: 2018-19

  • Dr. Rob Strachan, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Dr. Petr Štorch, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
  • Dr. J.C. Netto-Ferreria, Universidad Federal Rural de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Visiting James Chairs: 2017-18

  • Dr. Richard Bowles, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Dr. Enena Garcia-Bustamente, Spain
  • Dr. J. Fidel Gonzalez-Rouco, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Dr. Vlastimil Krivan, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
  • Dr. John Waldron, University of Alberta, Canada


Research Equipment and Support Program

Any remaining funds up to twenty-five percent of the income each year for the Dr. W.F. James Chair may be available for support of research that is intended to achieve the objective of the endowement.  These expenditures have to be approved by the Selection Committee.  Proposals for Research Equipment and Support can be submitted by any team of three or more faculty members who are appointed to at least two Departments, or by the Dean of Science to the selection committee by October 1.

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