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Gordon E. Smith

A member of Dan School of Drama & Music

Gordon E. Smith



Dr. Gordon Smith was appointed Interim Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s in July 2016. Previously, he was Director of the School of Music (2003-2006), Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science (2006-13) and, from 2013, served as Vice-Dean in the Faculty. In addition to these administrative positions, Dr. Smith continues as a faculty member in the Dan School of Drama and Music.

Dr. Smith received his BA, MA and PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto. He also holds the ARCT diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Smith played a key role in the operational and academic planning for the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (opened in 2014), and continues to participate in academic programming at the Isabel. In addition, he has led important initiatives in the Faculty of Arts and Science, including the inauguration of collaborative programs with St. Lawrence College, and the development of new programmatic credentials in the Faculty. He has also provided leadership in building Indigenous Studies in Arts and Science through the recruitment of new faculty members, and the development of courses and programs. Dr. Smith is the Chair of the Queen’s Council on Employment Equity and is part of the planning team for the implementation of the University’s proposed Employment Equity Framework. Outside of Queen’s, he is currently on the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans. Dr. Smith was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the University Council of Queen’s in 2015.

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on historic and current issues of representation in Canadian ethnomusicology. He was National Advisory Editor for the 7th edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001), and a contributor to The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: The United States and Canada (2001). He has published articles in various journals, including The Canadian University Music Review, World of Music, American Music, Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de la recherché en musique and The Canadian Journal for Traditional Music. He was also the Editor of the Canadian Journal for Traditional Music from 2000-2006, oversaw the journal’s transformation to a fully peer-reviewed publication, MUSICultures, in 2007, and was its Editor until 2011. He is co-editor of the book, Istvan Anhalt: Pathways and Memory (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001), and also of Folk Music, Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology: Canadian Perspectives, Past and Present (Cambridge Scholar’s Publishing, 2007), Around and About Marius Barbeau: Modelling Twentieth-Century Culture (Mercury Series, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2008), and Musical Traditions, Culture and Contexts (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010). Most recently, Dr. Smith was guest editor of Perspectives, People, and Places: Essays in Honour of Carl Morey, a special theme issue of Intersections (Canadian Journal of Music/Revue canadienne de musique), which was published in 2015. His current research is focused on music in Indigenous contexts, with particular emphasis on intergenerational connections around music, resurgence and healing in Mikmaq Communities in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Dr. Smith is the 2016 recipient of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)/MUSCAN Award of Excellence for Advancement of Research in Canadian Music, which was presented at the Social Sciences and Humanities Congress in Calgary, Alberta in June, 2016.