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Carleton Welcomes New Faculty

September 6, 2013

Rodney Nelson came to Carleton University to start his BA and is now completing his PhD in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies through Carleton and Trent. He is excited to continue his academic career in 2013 at Carleton.

Nelson has a deep and diverse background that includes degrees in psychology, anthropology, business and Canadian and Aboriginal studies. He is also a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator and Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. His research is focused on governance, specifically Aboriginal governance, board governance and economic development. He is investigating how to incorporate indigenous knowledge into today’s governance systems.

“Joining the Center for Initiatives in Education gives me the opportunity to help students the way I needed help when I first came to Carleton,” said Nelson. “I’m glad to give back to the university.

“Carleton is increasingly Aboriginal friendly and has many events, services and great people to welcome both Aboriginal faculty and students. Who wouldn’t want to be part of this great faculty?”

This fall, 32 new faculty and instructors are starting their first full-year at Carleton, joining the ranks of other strong educators and researchers.  Among them is Nadine Wittig, assistant professor in isotope geochemistry, who will be teaching geochemistry and geochronology.

“I hope to help students see the timeliness and versatility of Earth Sciences and use the geochemical tool box with confidence to answer a multitude of questions,“ said Wittig. “I came to Carleton because the Department of Earth Sciences has excellent analytical facilities and the university is enthusiastic to expand our research infrastructure with state-of-the-art equipment. This is essential for a geochemist like myself interested in the workings of the early solar system and educating the next generation of Earth scientists.”

Carleton offers 65 programs of study overseen by more than 1,800 committed faculty and staff who work diligently to support students. In understanding the crucial role faculty play in the university’s daily successes, Carleton is committed to recruiting the highest-quality individuals.

“I chose to come to Carleton because it provides me with the opportunity to combine my passions for both research and teaching in a thriving Neuroscience Department known for excellence in both,” said Michael Hildebrand, an assistant professor. “I am looking forward to interacting with energized undergraduate students and building my research program, where I can help train and mentor the next generation of scientists.”

Carleton researchers are world-renowned for their work and the university’s innovative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research and discovery has earned it a reputation as a global leader.


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Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
(613) 520-2600, ext. 8718
(613) 240-3305



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