Peter C. Newman appointed Visiting Professor of Distinction at Ryerson University
December 09, 2009
Canada’s icon of political and business journalism, Peter C. Newman, has been appointed a Visiting Professor of Distinction at Ryerson University. The appointment is made jointly in the Ted Rogers School of Management and the Faculty of Communication & Design.
Newman has entertained, engaged and incensed three decades of Canadians with his insights and commentary on Canadian politics, business, culture and history. Since 1951, he has shaped the news agenda of the country as a journalist and editor-in-chief of both the Toronto Star and Maclean’s Magazine. One of Canada’s most prolific authors, Newman has published 24 books that have sold more than two millions copies, pioneering new, intimate and lively ways of writing about Canada’s political and business scenes. His works have been awarded a dozen literary prizes and he was appointed both an Officer and Companion in the Order of Canada.
“We are thrilled and honoured to have Peter C. Newman join the Ryerson community this year,” said Alan Shepard, Provost and Vice President Academic. “He epitomizes Ryerson’s academic tradition of connecting classroom study and theory to societal need and current issues. No one has done more to make Canadian history and politics relevant and interesting to Canadians than Peter. We welcome him to Ryerson and I know our students will benefit immensely from his experience and unique perspectives.”
“I’m very pleased to be associated with an institution that stretches the boundaries of traditional university education,” commented Newman. “Ryerson’s management school is focused on developing and refining the spirit of entrepreneurship in its students, which will be the fountainhead of the Canadian economy in the future. Ryerson is providing students with the most important ingredient for success that I have encountered in my career – hands-on application of their learning, real-life experience and the need to take the occasional risk.”
Throughout his career, Newman has dedicated time to teaching and mentoring young, aspiring journalists and students of Canadian politics and business, even while holding full-time editorial positions. He has taught courses in Canadian Politics at McMaster University, Communications at York University, as well as Creative Writing at the University of Victoria and in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia.
At Ryerson, Newman will deliver lectures and seminars to undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of journalism and business courses, and give two public lectures in the winter term. As a speaker in the Dean’s Lecture Series in the Faculty of Communication & Design, he will talk to students, faculty and staff about the currently dysfunctional state of Canadian politics and share his predictions for the country’s political future. At the Ted Rogers School of Management, he will deliver a lecture on the new Canadian establishment and its evolution from “old school” pseudo-aristocracy to a new meritocracy built on innovation, risk and dedication.
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