RSC inducting Dr. Pauline Sameshima to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

photo of Dr. Pauline Sameshima
Dr. Pauline Sameshima

September 24, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and its members have included Lakehead University’s Dr. Pauline Sameshima among the incoming class of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Dr. Sameshima, Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies and Professor in the Faculty of Education, is one of 50 new Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which includes top mid-career leaders in Canada.

The College provides the RSC with a multi-generational capacity to help Canada and the world address major challenges and seize new opportunities including those identified in emerging fields.

Dr. Sameshima is the second Lakehead professor to be included in the incoming class of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The RSC inducted Dr. Chris Mushquash, from Psychology, into the class in 2017. Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences.

The RSC selected Dr. Sameshima based on her innovative work in curriculum theory, poetic inquiry, teaching, research dissemination, and civic engagement development.

“I am humbled that President McPherson nominated me,” she said, “and I’m honoured that the work on community engagement, collaboration, researching, teaching, and learning through the arts is being recognized.

“The arts nurture imagination, decision-making, and flexibility of thought – critical skills needed to re-invent new curricula for our lives as we navigate the pressing breakdowns in our earth, health, and social systems.”

Dr. Sameshima joined Lakehead University in 2012. She is a curriculum theorist who works on interdisciplinary teams across science and humanities fields to mobilize research to broad audiences and provide innovation to collaborations.

She is the Director of the Arts Integrated Research (AIR) Lab, Curator of the Lakehead Research Education Galleries, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies.

“Congratulations to Pauline and thank you to the RSC for recognizing her important work,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “She is a highly innovative researcher and artist who brings her unique vision to every project she partakes in.”

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada advises the government and the larger society, recognizes excellence, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.

“The Royal Society of Canada is delighted to recognise this year’s exceptional cohort of inductees, as the contributions of these outstanding artists, scholars and scientists have significantly impacted their respective disciplines at both national and international levels,” said RSC President Jeremy McNeil.

The 2020 roster of truly remarkable individuals will be invited to accept membership to the RSC on Friday, Nov. 27 in Toronto.

This induction builds on the achievements of Dr. Roger Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of Geology at Lakehead University, who was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994, one of the highest honours bestowed upon a scientist in Canada.


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