Awards and Distinctions
Distinguished University Professor
The Distinguished University Professor is a select group of faculty members recognized for exceptional scholarly careers. The award acknowledges sustained excellence in scholarship over a substantial career at Western. The award includes a citation, the right to use the title, an opportunity for a public lecture and a $10,000 prize to be used for scholarly activity at any time.
2011: Robert Stainton; Philosophy, Linguistics
Faculty Scholars Award
The Faculty Scholars Award recognize the significant achievements in teaching or research. The recipients are considered all-around scholars and will hold the title of Faculty Scholar for two years and receive $7,000 each year for scholarly activities.
2016: Carolyn McLeod; Philosophy, Women's Studies and Feminist Research
Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar
This Faculty-based award recognizes the prominent contributions as internationally-recognized researchers in their field. Appointments to the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Fellowship are for a one-year period and will provide faculty members with one half-course teaching relief, allowing them to focus on research.
2017: Wayne Myrvold; Philosophy
2015: Corey Dyck; Philosophy
2011: Carolyn McLeod; Philosophy, Women's
2009: Robert DiSalle; Philosophy
2008: Lorne Falkenstein; Philosophy
2006: John Bell; Philosophy
Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research
The Hellmuth Prizes for Achievement in Research provide a way for all members of the Western community to appreciate and celebrate research achievement of our most distinguished faculty members. The
2014: Charles Weijer; Philosophy, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Charles Weijer’s academic interests
From 2007-12, Weijer co-led a team exploring ethical issues in cluster randomized trials, a special kind of clinical trial in which groups — rather than individuals — are randomized to one treatment or another. In 2012, they published the Ottawa Statement on the Ethical Design and Conduct of Cluster Randomized Trials, the world’s first ethics guidelines for these trials.
Weijer is currently working with Adrian Owen on the ethics of functional neuroimaging after serious brain injury. Their research team brings together neuroscientists, neurologists, social
For his contributions to bioethics, Weijer was elected a Fellow of the Hastings Center, the American College of Physicians, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2008, he co-founded the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, which is dedicated to fostering collaboration between the humanities and the sciences, and served as the institute’s first director. Read more here.
1998: Tom Lennon; Philosophy
Royal Society of Canada
Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) comprises the Academies of Arts,
2016: Charles Weijer; Philosophy, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Charles Weijer is the world authority on the ethics of randomized controlled trials. His publications on placebos, harm-benefit analysis, and protecting communities in research are broadly influential. He co-led a team that produced the first ethical guidelines for cluster-randomized trials. In 2008, he founded the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, dedicated to engagement between philosophers and scientists, and served as its first director. Read more here.
2012: Robert Stainton; Philosophy, Linguistics
Robert Stainton's research lies at the intersection of philosophy and linguistics. Trained in functional linguistics at Glendon College (BA’88) and in generative grammar at MIT (Ph.D.’93), most recently he has contributed to team projects on the history of philosophy of language, and on impairments in linguistic pragmatics in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Read more here.
2009: John Bell; Philosophy
John Bell, a professor of logic and philosophy of mathematics, was named the first (2006-07) Graham and Gail Wright Faculty of Arts Distinguished Scholar at the university. Prior to coming to Western in 1989, his teaching and research appointments included the London School of Economics, the Polish Academy of Sciences, the National University of Singapore and the University of Padova. Bell’s research interests include mathematical logic, philosophy of mathematics, set theory, Boolean algebras, lattice theory, and category theory. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Western. Read more here.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients are selected based on leadership skills and high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering and/or health sciences. Each scholar receives $50,000 annually for up to three years.
2013: Andrew Peterson; Philosophy, Rotman Institute of Philosophy
By building bridges between the humanities and sciences, Andrew Peterson hopes to address pressing conceptual problems
"Questions regarding the verification of decision-making capacity in this patient group, assessment of a patient’s ability to experience pain and the disclosure of diagnostic information to patients’ families have presented difficult conceptual challenges for scientists working in this field,” he said.
The belief is solutions to these issues not only require the historical strengths of philosophy in identifying and clarifying important questions, but also an understanding how the problems arise in the course of scientific practice. The goal is that novel solutions will be produced that have a direct and measurable impact on the lives of brain injured patients and their families.