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Killam Annual Professorships awarded to five faculty members

UToday HomeJune 6, 2013

By Trisha Kingcott

Five University of Calgary faculty members have been awarded the prestigious Killam Annual Professorship.

Killam Annual Professors have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching for 10 years or more, while serving their academic discipline and their community outside the university. Recipients are nominated by the dean of their faculty and selected through peer review.

The 2013 Killam Annual Professors at the University of Calgary are:

  • John Ferris, Faculty of ArtsJohn Ferris, Faculty of Arts
    William Ghali, Faculty of MedicineWilliam Ghali, Faculty of Medicine
    Susan Lees-Miller, Faculty of MedicineSusan Lees-Miller, Faculty of Medicine
    Robert Oxoby, Faculty of ArtsRobert Oxoby, Faculty of Arts
    Keith Sharkey, Faculty of MedicineKeith Sharkey, Faculty of Medicine
    Dr. John Ferris
    , Faculty of Arts, Department of History

A leading researcher in military history and a specialist in the study of communications intelligence, Ferris has an international reputation for innovative analysis of 19th and 20th century military affairs and contemporary strategy, power and intelligence. He has been invited to teach at the most prestigious military and history programs around the world.

  • Dr. William Ghali, Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences

A professor and practicing physician, Ghali maintains an active research program. His focus on health services research and clinical epidemiology have led to exploration of ways to best utilize routinely collected data to improve the health system. Ghali is scientific director of the Institute for Public Health and is actively involved with the World Health Organization.

  • Dr. Susan Lees-Miller, Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oncology and Biological Sciences

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Lees-Miller is recognized for her contribution to understanding the cellular mechanisms of repair of radiation-induced DNA damage. Lees-Miller founded the Genomic Instability and Aging Research Group, has served on a wide variety of boards and advisory committees, and mentors many students and junior faculty.

  • Dr. Robert Oxoby, Faculty of Arts, Department of Economics

An interdisciplinary researcher recognizing intersections between economics and psychology, Oxoby is seen as an expert in applied microeconomic theory and behavioural economics. His research looks at social inclusion/exclusion, poverty and welfare. Oxoby volunteers as a board member with organizations serving children with special needs.

  • Dr. Keith Sharkey, Faculty of Medicine, Departments Physiology & Pharmacology and Medicine

Sharkey continues a significant output of publications while contributing to undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral education. He is one of Canada’s premier gastrointestinal neurophysiologists, internationally recognized for his contributions to understanding how the nervous system controls digestive functions of the GI tract in health and disease.

The Professorship term will begin July 1, 2013 for one year. Killam Annual Professors will each receive a $10,000 prize from the Killam Trusts. They can choose to take the prize as a pay supplement or as a research allowance. More information on the Killam Trusts at the University of Calgary can be found at


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