John Fekete Award

John Fekete Award

Established in 2012, the John Fekete Award recognizes outstanding service to the Trent University Faculty Association, its members, or the academic profession generally. The award honours Professor John Fekete whose 36-year career as a member of the Trent University faculty was marked by extraordinary leadership, lasting achievements, and extensive service to the Union and its affiliates.

 Terms of Reference for the John Fekete Award - approved GMM 18 April 2013.pdf


Presentation of the 2016 John Fekete Awards  (Photos)

Janice Millard 2016 Fekete Award Recipient

Janice Millard

December 1st, 2016



Presentation of the 2015 John Fekete Awards (PHOTOS)

The John Fekete Award recognizes outstanding service to the Trent University Faculty Association, its members, and the academic profession generally.  
The award honours Professor John  Fekete whose 36-year career as a member of the Trent University faculty
was marked by extraordinary leadership, lasting achievements, and extensive service to the Union and its affiliates.
 Join us as we celebrate TUFA's history and posthumously recognize two former members who contributed enormously to the Association's development.  
John Gilchrist and Bernard (Bernie) Hodgson
December 10th, 2015   3:00pm to 5:00 pm
The Seasoned Spoon Champlain College, Trent University Peterborough
Bernie Hodgson
Bernard (Bernie) Hodgson
Greg Gilchrist accepting on behalf of John Gilchrist
Greg Gilchrist accepting award on behalf of John Gilchrist

This was the John Fekete Award’s inaugural year and we celebrated TUFA's history and recognized four members who contributed enormously to the Association were presented with the award:


Graham Cogley, Doug Curtis, David Kettler, and George Nader


Presentation of the 2014 John Fekete Awards (Photos)


Graham Cogley

Graham first served on the executive in 1979 and numerous other times during his career (twice as Vice-President, for five years as Secretary, four years as Grievance Officer, and eight years on the Grievance Conciliation Panel). He has served on the negotiating teams four times, in addition to the negotiations board and negotiations council. He also served as the director of communications, the editor of the TUFA Times and as picket captain in 1992.

In his service to the union, Graham “has contributed to the quality of life for every TUFA member, their families and the wider Trent community, rendering service to the academic profession generally by helping to maintain standards and expectations for the working lives of the professoriate.


It is worth pointing out that Graham’s contributions have been in areas that impact substantially on the well-being of the members. He has served on committees dealing with the Policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Policy on Scholarly Misconduct, Anomalies Review, Academic Personnel, and twice with the onerous, but vital, issues of Pensions and Retirement Benefits.



Douglas Curtis

Professor Curtis joined the Department of Economics at Trent University in 1970. Prior to coming to Trent he held a faculty appointment at Waterloo Lutheran University (Wilfred Laurier University) and a Research Officer appointment at the Dominion Bureau of Statistics (Statistics Canada).  He served as Chair of the Department of Economics at Trent from 1977 to 1987, was Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University (1980-81) and Visiting Professor in Economics and at the Institute for Economic and Social Research at the University of York (1987-88). From 2003 until 2013 he was also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Economics at Queen’s University.

His teaching and research interests are focussed on Macroeconomic Theory and Policy: more specifically the theoretical and empirical aspects of fluctuations in national economic output and growth, employment and inflation, and the design and evaluation of monetary and fiscal policies.

Professor Curtis took an active role in the faculty association at Trent. From 1985 until retirement in 2007 he served several terms on the executive of the Trent University Faculty Association (TUFA,) as a TUFA representative on Pension and Investment Advisory Committees of the Board of Governors and as a member of the many negotiating committees on TUFA collective agreements and pension plans.

His commitment to research and undergraduate teaching continues in retirement.  Professor Curtis and Professor Ian Irvine of Concordia University are joint authors of a completely free on-line Creative-Commons governed pair of introductory texts in Economics, accompanied by free power points and question bank. Maintaining the theoretical, policy and empirical currency of these texts in the continuing aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis is a continuous process of revision and update, academic term by term. However, that does leave some time to enjoy the ownership and management of a small forest and off-grid cabin at an undisclosed location in the County of Frontenac.



David Kettler

David Kettler was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1930. Since 1990, he has been Research Professor in Social Studies at Bard College (New York) and Professor Emeritus in Political and Cultural Studies at Trent University (Ontario).  In addition to his service on numerous Trent committees during his 20 years as professor, he was the first Chair of TUFA, during the two years of certifying the union and negotiating the first collective agreement.  Kettler was awarded a Faculty Research Award the first time that this was allocated to the Social Sciences. He came to Trent after 15 years at Ohio State University, from Instructor to Full Professor.  

He is author or editor of seventeen books and many scholarly articles.  The common theme of most of his work has been the relations between ideology and political theory in the writings of intellectuals, with emphasis on the Scottish Enlightenment and Weimar political culture.  His studies of Adam Ferguson and Karl Mannheim are standard works.  He has also published a book and several articles dealing with the politics of labor law in Canada and the United States.  In recent years, Kettler headed a research project on Weimar intellectuals in exile, which yielded five edited volumes.

His most recent book publications are: Karl Mannheim and the Legacy of Max Weber. Retrieving a Research Programme.  With Colin Loader and Volker Meja. Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2008; The Liquidation of Exile.  London: Anthem, 2011; Detlef Garz and David Kettler, eds. Nach dem Krieg! - Nach dem Exil? Erste Briefe/First Letters , co-editor (with Detlef Garz). Munich: text+kritik, 2012


George Nader

Professor Nader served as President of TUFA for two years (1985 and 1986), and as member of the TUFA Executive for seven years (1983-88; 1995-97). He negotiated for the collective agreement four times (1984, 1986, 1987, and 1996), new pension plans during two demanding periods which resulted in the creation of the SRA benefit (1997-99) and which instituted the new ARA funding arrangements (2005-06).  He represented TUFA at a salary arbitration in 1985, and at a pension arbitration in 1988.

George helped conceive, develop, and negotiate important benefits such as salary parity, upgrading the salaries of junior faculty, improvements to pension benefits which including establishing the ownership of the pension surplus and the SRA benefit.

He was a member of OCUFA’s Executive (1985-87), its Treasurer (1986-87), and a member of the OCUFA Board (1985-88).  He was also a member of CAUT’s Council (1984-88), Defence Committee (1984-86), and Nominating Committee (1987-88).

Highly regarded as an eminent collective bargaining activist, George’s reputation was acknowledged in repeated invitations to speak at provincial and national venues: at OCUFA’s salary and benefits workshops (1987, 1995); at OCUFA’s pension workshops (1988, 1990, 1992, 2000); as well as at the CAUT Collective Bargaining Conference (1986) and the CAUT pension workshop (1989).


June 26th, 2017