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Memorial professor appointed to governing body of SSHRC



By Janet Harron

Dr. Priscilla Renouf of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology was appointed Aug. 7 to the governing body of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

During her term, Dr. Renouf will be part of the 22-member council, which is an independent federal agency that funds university-based research and graduate training in the humanities and social sciences through national peer-reviewed competitions. The committee work inherent in her position will help chart the direction of SSHRC and ensure that its grants and fellowships programs meet the needs of Canadians.

Memorial’s Dean of Arts, Dr. Reeta Tremblay, is thrilled about Dr. Renouf’s appointment, and emphasizes that her background and credentials make her an excellent addition to the council.

“Dr. Renouf is an outstanding researcher, and is also very active in public service to the community, province, and country,” said Dr. Tremblay. “We take pride in her work as Canada Research Chair in Anthropology and Archaeology, as well as her dedication to the various positions she holds in provincial and national organizations.”

Dr. Renouf has been active in the heritage community of Newfoundland and Labrador for over 25 years. Since 1984, she has been excavating the Phillip’s Garden site at Port au Choix, which is one of the largest and most significant Dorset Palaeoeskimo sites in the Canadian Arctic and Subarctic. She played a pivotal role in the development of the Port au Choix National Historic Site.

Currently, Dr. Renouf is chair of the first board of directors of The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

On a national level, Dr. Renouf is a member of the College of Reviewers for the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program and the Leaders Opportunity Fund. She was also a member of the first Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, which managed the transformation of the Canadian Museum of Man into the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC). During this time, she led and co-wrote CMCC’s first strategic plan.

Dr. Renouf has been instrumental in developing the hunter-gatherer arm of the North-Atlantic Biocultural Organization, an international group of archaeologists and palaeo-environmental scientists who study the culture and climate of the North Atlantic rim. Currently, she is on the editorial board of the international Journal of the North Atlantic, and she regularly writes assessments for international awards and promotions.
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