At this year’s Spring Convocation Ceremony, the ranking of Professor Emerita will be awarded to Katherine A. Frego.
The Professor Emerita Distinction is awarded only to retired faculty members. Criteria for the honorary rank include teaching performance of exceptional merit, extensive research, publication of unusually high quality, creative contributions to the administration and development of the university, and a record of professional conduct that indicates fair and ethical treatment of students and other members of the academic community. Candidates must be approved by the University’s Board of Governors.
Dr. Katherine (Kate) Frego
Dr. Kate Frego joined UNB Saint John’s Biology Department in 1993 as a lecturer, becoming a full professor in 2003. She has had an impact on the campus for over 20 years through her dedication and passion for teaching, her excellent research record and her exemplary service.
In 1993, she was a founding member of the Vice-President’s Excellence in Teaching Committee and served as Chair from 1995-2008. She has received numerous prestigious teaching awards including: Dr. Allan P. Stewart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching (1997), University Teaching Professor (2001-2004) Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teacher Award (2002), Neil Scott Educational Leadership Award (2006), and an Association of Atlantic Universities Instructional Leadership Award (2007). In 2008, she was the first person from UNB Saint John to be awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship. In 1998 and 1999, she was recognized in Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities as a ‘Popular Prof.’
Dr. Frego has received internal and external research funding every year since her 1993 appointment; 14 years of this funding included NSERC support. She has published several journal papers and presented her work at numerous conferences. She has supervised/co-supervised 20 honours projects and supervised 11 Masters students and four PhD students.
Dr. Frego is admired for her commitment to her students, the university and her research. She has served the university with distinction and is deserving of the honorary ranking of Professor Emerita in Biological Sciences.