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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


Dianna Dempsey, Awarded Tenure
Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management and Management, School of Business

Psychological Modeling: Conflicting Theories by Bandura, Albert (Ed.)

I had the pleasure of meeting Albert Bandura (who is from Mundare, Alberta), when he came to speak to my PhD cohort at the University of Alberta. His work, particularly social learning theory, became central to my research on careers. In this new edited volume, Bandura identifies the most important controversial issues in the field of observational learning, and curates articles which tackle a range of key debates in the field. My fascination with the roles that agency and observational learning play in career choice continues to this day!

Year of Recognition: 2021

Brian Franczak, Awarded Tenure
Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Arts and Science

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When in doubt, listen to Rush.

Year of Recognition: 2021

Sean Hannan, Awarded Tenure
Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Science

The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation by Hayden White

Reading the works of Hayden White as an undergraduate student was what first awakened me to the idea that writing history meant doing something more than ‘telling it like it is’ or recounting the past ‘as it really was.’ Books like this one taught me that we need to reckon with the fact that we bring our own ways of thinking to the table whenever we try to tell stories about the past. We rely upon the tropes and topoi of different genres—from triumph to tragedy—and even our reliance upon narrative risks distorting the inherently non-story-like features of past reality. Taken together with the contributions of Paul Ricoeur, the writings of Hayden White have helped me to understand that if we want to make sense of history, we first have to make sense of the way we structure time itself in terms of storytelling.

Year of Recognition: 2021

Svitlana Krys, Awarded Tenure
English, Faculty of Arts and Science

Sweet Darusya: A Tale Of Two Villages by Maria Matios (author); Michael Naydan (Translator); Olha Tytarenko (Translator)

I selected the novel Sweet Darusya: A Tale of Two Villages (2004, English transl. 2019), written by the contemporary Ukrainian author Maria Matios. This work has received numerous critical accolades and awards, including the Taras Shevchenko National Award (the highest state prize in Ukraine for works of culture and the arts). The novel tells an emotional story of several generations of one family, caught between the shifting political borders and regimes in the Bukovyna region of Ukraine (on the northern slopes of the Carpathian Mountains), from just before World War II until the late twentieth century. I was touched by the human trauma, the human resilience, and the human compassion that emerged in the face of the extreme violence and suffering in WWII. The novel led me to reflect on what it means to be human, a true mark of a masterpiece of world literature.

Year of Recognition: 2021

Annetta Latham, Awarded Tenure
Arts and Cultural Management, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

Pausch's The Last Lecture is a significant book for me. I listened to Pausch's Last Lecture on youtube and then read the book at a time when I was seeking direction. His overarching theme is embrace your dreams and lead your life engaged and with integrity. One point that has resonated with me is 'brick walls are there to show you what you really want'. I hope you enjoy reading this book and find something of meaning in it for you.

Year of Recognition: 2021

Samuel Mugo, Professor
Physical Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science

The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Academic Success by Freeman A. Hrabowski

Access to ‘relevant’ quality education has created opportunities and empowerment in my pursuit for purposeful work. In my journey, environments that created impactful learning bore features including: a sense of authenticity, conversational, empathetic, relational, stirred aspirations, and fostered personal connection. I therefore deeply care on the future of higher education that provides learning that is relevant, dynamic, and that inclusively empowers students’ to adaptively thrive in a changing world. ‘The Empowered University by Freeman Hrabowski’ narrates the transformation ethos of University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMBC) —an institution that parallels MacEwan. The book posits that an empowered university fosters a “shared culture” of continual intentional self-reinvention towards “inclusive excellence”. While alive in MacEwan, insights therein resonate with our deliberate strive for a collaborative culture focused on commitment to inclusively train ‘engaged’, ‘connected’, and ‘inspired’ students. Yet, relevance is a constant flux and MacEwan continues to chart new horizons of ‘becoming’.

Year of Recognition: 2021

Valerie Ouedraogo, Awarded Tenure
Social Work, Faculty of Health and Community Studies

Been There, Done That by McClain, Mighty Sam

Been There, Done That, a song from Mighty Sam McClain's album One More Bridge to Cross (2003), is an inspiring masterpiece. Listening to Blues is to travel; to travel is about sharing and studying stories for a more equitable society.

Year of Recognition: 2021

Tamara Stuart, Awarded Tenure
Student Affairs

Why Won't You Apologize: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts by Dr Harriet Lerner

This book has changed my life and my practice. It has changed the way I think about the world, how people relate to one another, and given me a deeper understanding of myself.

Year of Recognition: 2021

Kelly Summers, Awarded Tenure
Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Science

Napoleon vs. the Bunnies by J.F. Fox

After teaching a seminar on Napoleon Bonaparte in 2019, I was invited to consult on this book. I had devoured historical parables as a child and my own kids were beginning to show an interest. My son was our first reviewer, and his deceptively simple follow-up—"So was Napoleon a good guy or a bad guy?"— inspired the final pages, where young readers are encouraged to start thinking critically about the past. This little side project allowed me to combine my parental and professional interests in rewarding ways, confirming that children have a strong appetite and aptitude for history and historical thinking. It also gave me a child’s-eye view of ongoing debates over curricular reforms and the commemoration of history’s “great men,” which in France have focused largely on how to appropriately mark the bicentennial of Napoleon’s death.

Year of Recognition: 2021

Treena Swanston, Awarded Tenure
Anthropology, Economics and Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Science

The Archaeology of Disease, 3rd Ed. by Charlotte Roberts and Keith Manchester

The second edition of this book, which was published in 1995, had an impact on my research direction. I remember being fascinated by the connection between human behaviour, human biology, and the evolution of bacteria that cause disease. Identifying infectious disease in the archaeological record has helped us to understand the impact that some of these diseases have had on human populations over time.

Year of Recognition: 2021