University Research Professor
University Research Professors have acquired a designation above the rank of professor. The title is the most prestigious award the university gives for research, and goes to faculty who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of truly international stature. The designation carries with it a $4,000 research grant each year for five years and a reduced teaching schedule.
Dr. James Hiller
Dr. James Hiller has been a member of the History department since the early 1970s and served as the department head in the 1980s. His teaching fields have included Atlantic Canada, British and British imperial history, and architectural history. Dr. Hiller's major research area is the history of Newfoundland and Labrador since the 18th century. His work has included studies of the Moravian Mission in Labrador, the colony's political history, the railway, the development of the pulp and paper industry and the confederation period, 1945-49. Besides publishing articles on these topics, Dr. Hiller has written numerous entries for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the Oxford Companion to Canadian History and other reference works. Assisted by the late Dr. Michael Harrington, he edited the debates and papers of the National Convention, 1946-48. He also co-authored, with Dr. Margaret Conrad, the first comprehensive single volume history of the four Atlantic Provinces. A Region in the Making was awarded a Clio Prize by the Canadian Historical Association. Dr. Hiller has acted as a consultant to the federal and provincial governments and is a former president of the Newfoundland Historical Society. His current projects include an edition of the hitherto unpublished debates of the Newfoundland legislature, 1932-33, an outline history of the Petit Nord concentrating on the impact of the French presence there, and a history of responsible government in Newfoundland from 1855-1914.
Dr. Brajendra C. Sutradhar
Dr. Brajendra C. Sutradhar is an outstanding Canadian researcher in statistical science. Since obtaining his PhD in 1984 from the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Sutradhar has made leading contributions to the study of statistics. Dr. Sutradhar is a world leader in three areas: longitudinal data analysis; generalized linear mixed models; and modeling data by using multivariate elliptical t distributions. He has published over 70 papers in international and national journals and delivered over 40 invited lectures at conferences around the world. He is held in high standing by the statistical community for his professional services that include his membership on the prestigious Advisory Committee on Statistical Methods of Statistics Canada for three years, membership on the NSERC grant selection committee, an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Statistics.