VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

VIU's Royal Society of Canada Members

Four researchers from VIU have been elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the highest academic accolade for scholars, artists and scientists in Canada. They join a distinguished group of more than 2,000 fellows from across the country.

The Royal Society of Canada is the recognized pre-eminent body of independent scholars, researchers and creative people in Canada whose Fellows comprise a collegium that can provide intellectual leadership for the betterment of Canada and the world.

VIU Appointments to the RSC include:

Susan Juby, Department of Creative Writing and Journalism Professor was appointed in 2014 to appointed to the newly-formed College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists -  national group of academics representing the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.

Dr. Cheryl Krasnick WarshHistory Professor, was elected as the University’s first Fellow in 2017 University’s to the Academy of Arts and Humanities. The distinction of Fellows is bestowed on scholars who have made exceptional contributions in their field and election to the RSC is considered the highest academic honour a scholar can receive in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Dr. Pam Shaw, Director of VIU’s Master of Community Planning Program joined the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2019 recognized for engaging students in applied research projects that benefit local communities, connecting the boundless energy of students to real-life issues with local governments, First Nations, and community organizations.

Dr. Ralph Nilson, VIU President Emeritus Nilson joined the Specially Elected Fellows group in 2019, recognized for his deep commitment to creating life-changing opportunities for some of the most vulnerable people in communities throughout British Columbia.