Brock University is proud to say that one of their own has become a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. Dr. Kendra Coulter, a professor of Labour Studies at Brock, was the proud recipient of the honour. Each year a maximum of 100 academic experts from all disciplines across the nation are selected to join the College. Coulter was one of 70 inductees to the College this year.
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) was founded in 1882. The College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists was established in 2014 and is the most esteemed academy in Canada. It is a national system for the recognition of leading scholars and intellectuals across multiple disciplines. Criteria for being elected include high levels of excellence and achievement displayed early in academic careers. The goal of the college is to gather and unite innovative thinkers and esteemed scholars into one organization. In order to gain a diverse intersectional approach to current, relevant issues surrounding areas of concern to the general public or to the members of the College.
“The College is a unique institution that is able to respond to the challenges of today through broad creativity and innovation,” Coulter stated.
”Across the traditional divisions of sciences, social sciences, arts and the humanities as well as across the diverse linguistic and cultural map of Canadian institutions of higher learning and beyond. The incoming cohort reflects this vision of engaged knowledge for the social good,” says Cynthia Milton, President of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.
Under these criteria, Dr. Coulter is more than qualified to be a member of the college. Her extensive research on the topic of working animals and “humane jobs” — a term she has coined which describes jobs benefiting both humans and animals — is groundbreaking and seminal, and she has spent extensive time studying ways in which these jobs can be created. She is at the forefront of research in retail work, and she has explored and studied many strategies aimed at reducing various forms of discrimination in the workforce.
Dr. Coulter is the award-winning author of several books and journal articles. Among her most recent publications are Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity, a book published in 2016; Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action, and Social Change, a book published in 2014; “Beyond Human to Humane: A Multispecies Analysis of Care Work, Its Repression, and Its Potential,” an article published in Studies and Social Justice in 2016; and “Towards Humane Jobs: Recognizing Gendered and Multispecies Intersections and Possibilities,” an chapter of the book Gender and Climate Change in Rich Countries published earlier this year. She is often sought out by the media for her expert comments and opinions regarding matters in the labour market and worker demographics as well as animals in the workforce.
Coulter is elated to have become a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. It has validated her efforts for innovative research and ambitious study. Brock President Gervan Fearon also extended his warm congratulations to Coulter. He commented that the honour reflects a high calibre of faculty at Brock. As a member of the College, she will get to work with other individuals who have similar work ethic and vision to her own. She will be able to discuss relevant social issues with leading scholars from multiple disciplines and use her own knowledge and skill at innovative thinking to contribute to leading discussions and pioneering strategic efforts regarding these issues.
Coulter and other new members of the College will be celebrated and commemorated in November at an event to be held in Winnipeg.