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Faculty of Arts professors named Professor Emeritus

July 19, 2021 — 

The following professors in the Faculty of Arts were honoured with the title Professor Emeritus/Emerita for their many contributions to teaching, research and scholarship during their years of service to the University of Manitoba.

  • Judith Chipperfield, Department of Psychology
  • Tom Nesmith, Department of History
  • Russell Smandych, Department of Sociology and Criminology


Dr. Judith Chipperfield, BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Manitoba)
Retired June 30, 2021

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Dr. Judith Chipperfield

Judy Chipperfield has made significant contributions during her 27 years at the University of Manitoba. She is internationally recognized for research on the psychology of health promotion and disease prevention. Results from her studies have implications for improving health and longevity of older Canadians, offsetting caregiver burden, and reducing health care costs. Chipperfield is the founding director of the University of Manitoba Laboratory on Aging and Health, co-directed the Emotion, Motivation, and Control Research Group and was a research affiliate at the Centre on Aging and the Health, Leisure, & Human Performance Research Institute.  For her work, she has received many honours, including prestigious awards/prizes from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Investigator Award, Partnership Award, Mid-career Aging Award, Knowledge Translation Prize).

Throughout her career, she has published hundreds of reports, conference proceedings, chapters and scholarly articles. Her research has been featured in the media, government reports and in a House of Commons discussion. Chipperfield has also generously contributed to service across several departments and faculties and participated in many university-wide and national initiatives such as evaluation, decision-making and strategic planning for CIHR. She taught many graduate and undergraduate courses and has provided training opportunities for students and advanced postdoctoral fellows/research associates. When bestowed the Faculty of Arts Professor of the Year Award in 2009, her mentoring success was described as “truly trans-generational and international”.

“On behalf of everyone in Psychology, we are very proud of and very much inspired by Dr. Chipperfield’s contributions to research and scholarship, teaching, and service to the University of Manitoba throughout her career.  She is someone who has raised the profile of our department on the world stage with her innovative research in health and aging, and at the same time contributed immeasurably to the lives of her students, mentees, and colleagues here in Manitoba,” said Dr. Dan Bailis, Head of Psychology.


Dr. Tom Nesmith, FRSC, BA, MA (Queen’s), PhD (Carleton)
Retired December 31, 2018

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Dr. Tom Nesmith

Dr. Thomas Nesmith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Association of Canadian Archivists. He holds an outstanding achievement award from the Faculty of Arts and a lifetime service award from the Association for Manitoba Archives.

Arriving at UM from the National Archives of Canada in 1990, Dr. Nesmith founded archival studies within the Joint Master’s Program in History, making UM only the second university in Canada to offer a degree in archival studies at the graduate level. His award-winning publications fundamentally shifted how scholars, archivists and archival users understand the nature and meaning of archives and archival work.

Dr. Nesmith has a long history of service at UM and in the Canadian archival community. His most significant contributions at UM include contributing to the successful bid for the archives of the TRC, resulting in the creation of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and serving as Associate Dean of Arts (2001-2004). He has served as general editor of Archivaria, and has been an invited keynote speaker to archival conferences all over the world.

Dr. Roisin Cossar, Department of History Head had this to share about Dr. Nesmith, “the fields of Archival Studies and History both owe significant debts to Tom Nesmith, who championed the reciprocal relationship between the two in his career.”


Dr. Russell Smandych, BA (Saskatchewan), MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (Toronto)
Retired June 30, 2021

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Dr. Russell Smandych

Dr. Russell Smandych has been a faculty member of the Department of Sociology and Criminology since 1986, and has made significant and sustained contributions to research, teaching and university and professional service throughout his career. In 2010, Smandych received the Faculty of Arts Award in Internationalization for his efforts to increase students’ awareness of international culture, perspective and issues.

Building on his cross-disciplinary training in history (BA), criminology (MA), and sociology (PhD), much of his research has been broadly interdisciplinary and comparative; ranging from his early socio-historical work on the development of poor relief, criminal justice and penitentiary systems in the 19th century, to his more recent widely cited publications on British colonial legal history, settler colonial law and Indigenous peoples, comparative youth justice system reform and transnational/global crime and international criminal justice.

Throughout his career, he has been a dedicated instructor and graduate student advisor, teaching courses on criminal justice, youth crime and society and advanced criminology in UM’s popular undergraduate criminology program, and through serving as the primary graduate supervisor or committee member on over 50 MA and PhD theses completed at UM and four at other universities in Canada and Australia.

Smandych has also made career-long contributions to professional service, reflected in membership on editorial boards of several international peer-review journals and ongoing work with research grant funding organizations.

“Dr. Smandych was the ideal colleague; highly competent and respected in his field, always dependable and helpful and unfailingly collegial and personable,” shared Frank Cormier, Head of Sociology and Criminology.


Congratulations to all on receiving this honour.


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