The John L. Haar Library and the Office of the Provost established this program to celebrate faculty achievement and to mark career progress. Eligible faculty members are invited to select a book or any work suitable for the library collection that holds professional or personal meaning for them. Selections are added to the library catalogue and will have a commemorative book plate attached, in recognition of these significant professional and personal milestones.

Selected Works


Sandy Jung, Professor
Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Science

The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes’ interpretation of the world has always evoked in me, not only a chuckle, but a bit of admiration. The simplistic narrative that they give about the world and their creative way of interacting and coping with that world always brought me joy throughout my undergraduate and graduate training. Without it, I think I would have taken life too seriously.

Year of Recognition: 2019

Lynne Honey, Professor
Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Science

The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies

I first read this book when I was 16 years old, and it revealed to me a world that I had not known. It was a world of intrigue and danger. It was a world of discovery and wonder. It was a world of joy, and sorrow, and ennui. It was a world of villains and heroines. It was the world of academics, the university, and of minds. I've re-read this book many times and I find something new at every stage of my career. Now, I see myself in its pages.

Year of Recognition: 2019

Diane Symbaluk, Professor
Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Science

Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

I have benefited from varied exposure to myriad of written, spoken, and sound mediums – their authors, producers, and composers alike with the power to invoke emotions, memories, reflections, lessons, curiosity, escape, understanding, confusion, cultural relativism, motivation, action, and especially growth. While most works resonate for only a moment, stage in life, or particular event, one required reading in an undergraduate course more than 30 years ago still holds meaning for me today. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment is a profound novel about self-estrangement. The main character Raskolnikov’s self-absorption and ongoing struggle to transcend morality through the commission of murder teaches us valuable lessons about the perils of utilitarianism, a lack of self-awareness, and alienation from both oneself and society as a whole. Dostoyevsky’s portrayals of alienation and the eventual path to reintegration stirred intellectual curiosity in me as I embraced the discipline of sociology, specializing in social psychology and criminology.

Year of Recognition: 2019

Logan Sibley, Awarded Tenure
Physical Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science

Statistical Data Analysis by Glen Cowan

An examiner once asked me: “How do you define a measurement?” Scientists gather these quantified bits of data while performing elaborate experiments in an attempt to understand the physical world. As a particle physicist, I have spent significant time wrestling with making measurements, but only well into my graduate studies did I truly begin to understand the complexities of working with data. Regardless of how precisely scientists design experiments, the measurements we make will only ever approximate the true state of the physical world. Scientists describe these differences, through no small effort, as uncertainties in their measurements. Cowan’s “Statistical Data Analysis” was the first of several especially useful texts I turned to in my attempt to understand the intricacies of treating measurement uncertainties. It continues to serve me in that regard even still.

Year of Recognition: 2019

Cristina Anton, Professor
Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Arts and Science

In the First Circle by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature, but he was a mathematician. “In the First Circle” is a beautifully written novel set in a terrible place: a research and development laboratory of the Soviet Gulag labor camp system in 1949. Despite the tyranny, brutality, and hypocrisy of the communist regime, Solzhenitsyn depicts the imprisoned scientists as resilient people, passionate for their research, capable of friendship and love. The book analyzes very actual aspects about scientific discoveries and ethics, specially in the context of privacy rights.

Year of Recognition: 2019

Craig Monk, Professor
English, Faculty of Arts and Science

The Letters of Ezra Pound by D. D. Paige, ed.

My interest in literary ephemera of all kinds dates back to my senior year as an undergraduate, when I first found a rich world of texts associated with the works I was studying. But it was really as a Master’s student at Western (1992-93) that I discovered the value of correspondence for the student of literature. I was assigned D. D. Paige’s edition of The Letters of Ezra Pound in a course on modernism. The story of the great essayist and poet came alive as his words to his friends (and his enemies), organized chronologically, connected what he was doing and what he was thinking to his published works. His letters placed him in his time. Critically, my study of Pound has demonstrated to me that deeply flawed people may still make great art. The library at Western couldn’t keep Paige on the shelf. Now MacEwan has its own copy.

Year of Recognition: 2019

Fred McGinn, Professor
Allied Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Health and Community Studies

Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Laura M MacDonald

Laura MacDonald's book speaks to the strength and perseverance necessary to overcome significant adversary. The fact that this story of one of the world's worst non-natural disasters comes from my home town adds to its impact.

Year of Recognition: 2019

Shelley Lorimer, Professor
Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Arts and Science

Animal Farm by George Orwell

This book to me is such an accurate reflection of politics and humanity. Not only does it reflect history, but also reflects the present struggles of humanity for equality. This book had a profound effect on how I view political systems and other frameworks that govern modern society.

Year of Recognition: 2019

Raj Sony Jalarajan, Awarded Tenure
Communications, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

WHY I AM AN ATHEIST by Bhagat Singh

Com. Bhagat Singh inspires every Indian born citizens to think rationally and act logically for the betterment of the humanity. This freedom fighter, who ignites the peoples struggle against exploitation, discrimination and injustice of the colonial forces equipped with the strongest weapon of knowledge. His martyrdom will be remembered for ever ! This book is truth itself. It inspires me.

Year of Recognition: 2019

Andrew Howell, Professor
Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Science

The expanding circle: Ethics, evolution, and moral progress by P. Singer

Peter Singer argues that the human brain’s capacity to reason – while evolving to serve survival and reproductive functions – ultimately allows the realization that any other person’s suffering is equivalent to our own. This provides a basis for social inclusion, empathy, and altruism in place of intolerance, indifference, and cruelty. According to Singer, our ability to transcend self-interest is further fostered by education, allowing the “point of view of the universe” to increasingly pervade human consciousness, strengthening the basis for humanity’s striving for justice and well-being for all. I hope that the availability of Singer’s book to the MacEwan community contributes to this cause.

Year of Recognition: 2019