Join us for the next installment of the
Research Seminar Series

Friday, March 27 12-1PM, Vitali Student Lounge
Dr. Derek Silva
"A New Politics of Terror"
Pizza lunch provided 

Hugh Mellon Excellence in Research Award Recipient (2019)

Professor Richard Csiernik

Professor Richard (Rick) Csiernik earned his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Toronto in 1995 and only a decade later, earned promotion to Full Professor in the School of Social Work at King’s University College. As a scholar, Dr. Csiernik has published exactly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles to date, as well as ten books and 95 book chapters. He serves on several editorial boards of professional journals, while maintaining an equal level of commitment and engagement with community services. Professor Csiernik’s expertise spans a variety of different dimensions of social work practice, with his most extensive research published in the areas of substance abuse and addictions, as well as employee wellness and assistance programs. He has collaborated with more than 100 scholars and students, while securing nearly $3.5 million in grant funding. As one colleague has noted about his collaborative approach, Rick “is clearly held in high esteem as a peer and as a mentor for the current and next generation of practicing social workers.” Indeed, in addition to his stellar research productivity, he has been a leader in higher education and an exceptional teacher, having earned the King’s University College Award for Excellence in Teaching just last year.

Early Career Excellence in Research Award Recipient (2019)

Dr. Andrea Lawlor

While Dr. Andrea Lawlor received her Ph.D. from McGill University in Political Science only recently in 2014, she has already distinguished herself as a powerful voice in the field with nearly two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, 11 book chapters, one co-authored book, and a co-edited monograph thus far. She has already been successful in securing major grant funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to support her work on election spending and the analysis of Canadian political elites. In addition to her prolific scholarship, Professor Lawlor’s work has been influential beyond the academy. She has contributed several timely pieces in Policy Options (a key forum for provincial MPPs and federal MPs), along with think tank contributions and commentaries for the Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, National Post, and other organizations on issues of national and provincial political interest. In fact, Dr. Lawlor has been selected on several occasions to provide commentary on legislative initiatives or regulatory changes to both Elections Canada and the Standing Committee on the (Federal) Budget.

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