FASS Endowment Committee Member Profiles

The FASS Faculty and Staff Advancement Committee was formed in 2008 to advance the culture of philanthropy among FASS faculty and staff, and to increase the number and level of philanthropic gifts in support of the Faculty.

The committee comprises ten members who represent a cross section of FASS’s departments, institutes and schools. Additional members include retired faculty members and a representative of the Department of University Advancement.

Committee Members

Fred Goodwin – Department of History
Fred Goodwin is an associate professor in the department of History, where he teaches 20th century United States history. He has been an associate dean in the faculty, chair of the history department, and director of the Centre for Initiatives in Education.

“I believe that the faculty, administrative staff, and the students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences constitute the core of Carleton University. For FASS to flourish and indeed for Carleton to flourish our faculty must have funding available to do what it wants to do when it wants to do it. Our faculty cannot continue to rely solely on provincial funding and financial allocations from Carleton’s central administration. The solution is a large endowment fund. That is why I agreed to chair the faculty and staff committee to increase as much as we can the size of the FASS Endowment Fund”.

Andrew Brook – Institute of Cognitive Science
Andrew Brook (D. Phil., Oxford) is Chancellor’s Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science in the Institute of Cognitive Science, home of Canada’s first free-standing PhD programme in Cognitive Science, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is author or editor of eight books including Kant and the Mind and Cognition and the Brain: The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement and about 80 other publications. He is a former President of the Canadian Philosophical Association.

“Since the long-standing social contract between governments and public institutions broke down in the 1990s, government can no longer be relied upon as the only source of funds for the things that matter to us. Those with resources must assume part of the funding role for which we used to rely on government”.

Elsie Clement – Administrator, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Elsie Clement has been an employee at Carleton University since 1980, working in various areas (Journalism, Religion, Law, Finance, and Graduate Studies) before joining the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies in 1989. In her many years at Carleton, she has come to know the university from diverse perspectives: as an employee, as a student (graduating in 1986 with a degree in History), as the parent of a student (her youngest son attended and graduated from Carleton), and as a faculty spouse (her husband teaches in the Department of Sociology). Through these experiences, she has come to know, and care about, the growing and varied needs of the Carleton community in its diversity, through the good times and through its difficult and even lean times.

Elsie is also aware that universities can no longer count on the needed funding from provincial or federal governments to sustain (or even develop new) high quality programs that Carleton strives toward; indeed, what the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences strives toward. It is in this regard that the University’s “Campus Community Campaign” and especially the FASS Endowment Campaign is so important to her. It allows us more independence in directing funding to programs and activities important to us, to our students, to our support staff training, to our research activities (which, in turn, attracts new students and new faculty), and to our academic programs. Elsie likes working at Carleton; she wants to continue to see the university do well – and improve. Elsie supports the FASS Endowment Campaign initiative.

Jennifer Gilbert – Centre for Initiatives in Education
Jennifer Gilbert is interested in how individuals and communities learn, and the role of writing in that process of learning and development. Jennifer works with individuals and groups to help them develop as writers and as people.

At the Centre for Initiatives in Education, Jennifer teaches a First Year Seminar and also coaches Enriched Support Program students. She holds a cross-appointment in the School of Linguistics and Language studies, where she has worked as Coordinator of Carleton’s Academic Writing Centre.

The FASS Endowment Campaign is important to her because she believes that a flourishing Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences creates a vibrant and creative university. A strong endowment will allow FASS to maintain momentum as a Faculty, building supports for world-class research, empowering staff and creating a culture of excellence for students.

Susanne Klausen, Department of History
Susanne Klausen is originally from the West Coast (Vancouver and Victoria) and therefore she chose to attend the University of Victoria for her BA. After developing an interest in African history, she moved to Kingston in order to study at the Master’s and Doctoral levels in the Department of History at Queen’s University, long known for its focus on Southern Africa. Susanne is currently conducting research on the politics of reproduction in South Africa during apartheid and is particularly interested in the passage and impact of the extremely restrictive 1975 abortion law, and its relationship to the state’s program of population control in the 1970s and 1980s.

She initially became interested in the FASS campaign because, as an Africanist, she would like FASS to be better able to 1) enable colleagues and students to participate in research activities and conferences that require international travel, and 2) support visits from first-rate international colleagues in order that they can share their expertise with us.

“It is important, I think, that we have a stable source of funding that we in FASS can count on to nurture these and many other worthwhile activities that make working and studying at Carleton University such a wonderful opportunity.”

John Logan – Institute of Cognitive Science
John Logan is the Director of the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton. He is from Nova Scotia where he obtained a BSc from Dalhousie University, followed by a PhD in Psychology at Indiana University. He joined the Department of Psychology at Carleton in 1991. He is also cross-appointed to the Institute of Cognitive Science.

“When I went to graduate school at Indiana University I was exposed to a longstanding culture of faculty and alumni giving back to their school. In this tradition, an endowment is recognized as a means to provide funding for things beyond the basics of buildings and salaries. And, as faculty are one of the groups that will benefit from what an endowment provides, they should have a vested interest in supporting an endowment fund.”

André Loiselle – School of Canadian Studies
After completing his PhD at UBC in 1995, and teaching at the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, for two years, André Loiselle moved to Ottawa in 1997 to take a job at Carleton’s School for Studies in Art and Culture. Over the last decade he has developed a strong attachment for this institution and this city. André is now director of the School of Canadian Studies and professor of Film Studies.

André has published half-a-dozen books and several articles on Canadian cinema and theatre. His current research focuses on the horror film, especially in relation to the theatricality of the monster. He recently appeared in the documentary Zombiemania on the Space channel.

He is involved in the FASS Endowment Campaign because fundraising seems to be the best way to eventually achieve some degree of independence from government subsidies.

“A sizeable Endowment would give FASS the means to increase financial support for students, improve material and human resources for departments and schools, sponsor colloquia, establish fellowships for visiting scholar, foster exchange programs with other universities, and generally create a colleagial environment that would attract and retain the best students and faculty members.”

Sheila McCallum –  Office of the Dean, FASS
Sheila McCallum was the undergraduate Program Coordinator for FASS during many years. She has been an undergraduate student (BA Hons Political Science), a graduate student (MA, NPSIA), a library document’s specialist, and an academic adviser. She has served on the Board of Governors, helped with the United Way and has been a CUPE 2424 zone rep.

Sheila believes that Carleton offers a superb learning experience for those who attend here.

“It is also a good place to work but it could be better. Staff get relatively few opportunities to undertake further meaningful learning experiences; I would like to see some portion of the FASS endowment used to build better training and learning opportunities for staff. I would like to see a portion devoted to building a sense of a FASS family. Tradition is important.”

Jodie Medd – Department of English
Jodie Medd is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature with research and teaching interests in modernism and the history of sexuality. She is a strong supporter of publicly funded education, but is also aware that FASS’s ambition and vision require resources beyond available provincial funding.

“The FASS endowment makes possible opportunities, programs, and innovative experiences that reflect what I most value in a vibrant university education in the arts and social sciences. Directly supporting initiatives by and for students, staff, faculty, and instructors, the FASS endowment will help us continue to expand possibilities for learning and research.”

Ken Torrance – Professor Emeritus, Geography and Environmental Studies
Ken Torrance grew up on a potato farm located on Honeywood silt loam in Dufferin County, Ontario. He has a BSA from Ontario Agricultural College; MSc and PhD in Soil Science from Cornell University; two-year NATO postdoctorate at Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, Norway. Ken joined the Geography Department at Carleton in 1970. His research interests include: the landslide problem in Leda clay; plant genetic resources and traditional farmers in geographic centres of biological diversity; soil freezing and frost heave; and almost anything involving clay.

“I am involved in the campaign because I have greatly enjoyed my career at Carleton and see many opportunities where even relatively small amounts of support can greatly enrich the experience of individual students. My commitment to enriching the Carleton student experience is already demonstrated; my wife, Margaret, and I were the initiating force behind the establishment of the Fine Arts Award which allows students to gain curatorial experience with the Carleton University Art Gallery, and we have established Masters and Doctoral Research Scholarships in Geography and Environmental Studies. These awards directly support individual students in a manner similar to that envisaged for the FASS Endowment”.