New business prof to build on Odette's research strengths

A new faculty member in the Odette School of Business is hoping to build on the department’s existing strengths and make it an even more research-intensive institution.

“There clearly is an intention to change the culture, and I came here with the intent to be a part of that change,” says Alan Richardson an accounting professor and the new Odette Research Chair.

Dr. Richardson comes to Odette via the Schulich School of Business at York University, where he’s been for the last eight years, spending part of his time there as chair of the accounting area. Prior to that, he spent 18 years at Queen’s University in Kingston, where he earned his PhD in 1985. He was associate dean of Queen’s Business School, director of its advanced accounting program and chair of its research program.

One of Richardson’s roles will be to provide mentorship to more junior faculty members developing their research programs, while actively maintaining his own, which focuses on the role of accounting in managing transnational communications networks and the relationship between transnational standards and local implementation.

A Certified General Accountant and a Fellow of the Certified General Accountants of Canada, Richardson said he’s studying why countries would choose to follow transnational accounting standards established by the board of the International Accounting Standards Committee.

“Implementing these standards is more of a problem in developing countries, but the IASC has no real legitimacy there,” he said. “These aren’t standards that have been imposed by the United Nations, so why would individual countries choose to comply? And can they implement standards designed with well-developed capital markets and a mature accounting profession in mind?”

Richardson will be teaching a new course on sustainability reporting, which he said will be of interest to students in science and engineering.

“There’s a greater emphasis these days in the corporate world on measuring social and environmental performance, but accountants don’t have that expertise,” he explained. “Out of 250 of the largest companies in the world, 95 per cent of them have released some sort of sustainability report. But they have to rely on people in engineering or science to make sure they’re using the right standards of measurement.”

Richardson is the father of two young adults, a son who is teaching English in Korea, and a daughter who is finishing up a master’s degree in human kinetics at Western University.

Photo album captures Convocation memories

The University of Windsor minted almost 1,000 new alumni during Saturday’s Fall Convocation, and the staff of the Centre for Teaching and Learning was on hand to record the occasion.

View a photo album on the University’s Facebook page with images of celebrants, honourees, family and guests at the University’s 98th Convocation.

View videos of each of the two sessions. The videos will also be aired over TVCogeco’s community channel 11. The morning session will air at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23 and at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 29. The afternoon session will air at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, and at 9 p.m. on Monday, October 29.

University updates strategic mandate submission

The University has made small changes to the document that will begin the process of developing a strategic mandate agreement between the province and the University of Windsor. The revised document updates the draft posted October 4.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has launched a process to establish strategic mandate agreements with each of Ontario’s 44 colleges and universities, which it intends will inform future decisions, including allocation decisions and program approvals.

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario will establish a peer review panel to evaluate the mandate submissions and identify those institutions demonstrating the greatest ability to serve as leaders. The lead institutions selected through this exercise would be the first to receive funding to pursue their mandates, starting as early as 2013.

Read the University of Windsor’s revised submission.

Find a list of the mandate submissions from each institution.

Humanities Research Group fêtes book authors

The Humanities Research Group hosted a reception October 10 to celebrate all professors in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who have published scholarly books in the past two years.

The works ranged across disciplines, form and subject, and included:

  • Philip Adamson (music), Music by Bridge, Bax and Searle.
  • Louis  Cabri (English), Poetryworld.
  • Rudhramoorthy Cheran, (sociology, anthropology and criminology), A Second Sunrise.
  • Ken Cramer, Greg Chung-Yan, Catherine Kwantes, Shelagh Towson, Charlene Senn, Kenneth Hart, Frank Schneider, and Stewart Page (psychology), Understanding and Addressing Social and Practical Problems (2nd edition).
  • Thomas Dilworth (English), David Jones in the Great War.
  • Patricia Fagan (languages, literatures and cultures), Plato and Tradition: The Poetic and Cultural Context of Philosophy.
  • Mark Johnston (English), Beard Fetish in Early Modern England.
  • Martha Lee (political science), Conspiracy Rising, Conspiracy Thinking in American Public Life.
  • Nicole Markotić (English), Bent at the Spine and edited Swallow_by Theanna Bischoff.
  • Lydia Miljan (political science), Public Policy in Canada: An Introduction, sixth edition.
  • Mohamed H. Mohamed (history), Between Caravan and Sultan, The Bayruk of Southern Morocco: Study in History & Identity.
  • Tom Najem (political science), Lebanon: The Politics of a Penetrated Society.
  • Jeff Noonan (philosophy), Materialist Ethics and Life-value.
  • Antonio Rossini (languages, literatures and cultures), Dante, il nodo e il volume.
  • Walter Soderlund, Collette Brin, Lydia Miljan and Kai Hildebrandt (political science), Cross-Media Ownership and Democratic Practice in Canada: Content-Sharing and the Impact of New Media.
  • Walter Soderlund, Donald Briggs, Tom Najem, Blake Roberts (political science), Africa’s Deadliest Crisis.
  • Bruce Tucker (history), The Transformation of American Culture: Dialing 9/11.


Cancer research conference accepting abstracts

A conference being held in Windsor next month will provide a forum for researchers, graduate students and clinicians on both sides of the border to learn and share basic, clinical, and translational cancer research.

Bridging Research and Hope is a one-day conference being organized by the Windsor Cancer Research Group that will be held on Nov. 17 at the Caesars Windsor Convention Centre.

Keynote speakers include Patricia LaRusso from the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, leader of the largest Phase I clinical trials program in the U.S. and winner of a Stand Up 2 Cancer Dream Team Award to study novel methods of treating subtypes of melanoma; and Suzanne Conzen, a medical oncologist and professor of medicine at the University of Chicago with a clinical interest in the multidisciplinary care of locally advanced breast cancer which may require chemotherapy and radiation therapy prior to surgical resection.

Organizers are currently accepting abstracts of basic, translational, clinical, and psycho-social research to be presented at the conference either as a poster or a talk. Deadline for abstracts is Oct. 19.

For more information, visit the conference web site.

Lunchtime barbecue to support local charity

Last year, the United Way helped 196,000 people in Windsor-Essex. This year, you can help—actually, you can help today!

The campus campaign is hosting a fundraising barbecue outside the CAW Student Centre, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16.

The volunteer staff of retired UWindsor staff and faculty will serve a hotdog (veggie dogs available), pop and chips for a donation of $4.

Law planning reception to celebrate retirement of Virginia Obierski

The Faculty of Law invites colleagues and friends of Virginia Obierski to celebrate her retirement as its academic coordinator.

The event is set for Friday, October 19, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Rom W. Ianni Faculty of Law Building’s alumni lounge.