Dr. Jill Scott appointed 14th Principal of RMC

Dr. Jill Scott. Photo via LinkedIn.

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2024, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence and Chancellor of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), announced Dr. Jill Scott will be the 14th Principal of RMC Kingston. She will officially assume the appointed role on Monday, Mar. 4, 2024. 

“I offer my sincere congratulations to Dr. Jill Scott on her appointment as Principal of the Royal Military College of Canada,” Blair said. “I thank the previous Principal, Dr. Harry Kowal, for his commitment and service throughout his nine years as Principal. I also acknowledge the leadership of Interim Principals, Dr. Cécile Malardier-Jugroot and Dr. Phil Bates, who have guided the institution over the past year – and I thank them for their contributions to the College.”

According to a release from the Department of National Defence (DND), the Principal of RMC is accountable for defining the academic policy and frameworks for the military university, and for the operation of all academic and second language activities of the national institution. The Principal also represents RMC nationally and internationally, working to maintain and further promote the college as an accredited university of academic excellence.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome Dr. Jill Scott to this historic institution. I look forward to working with Dr. Scott as we continue to accomplish our mission as the modern, diverse institution it must be to educate, train, and develop the future leaders of the Canadian Armed Forces,” stated Brigadier-General Pascal Godbout, Commandant and Vice-Chancellor of RMC.

Prior to her appointment to Royal Military College, Dr. Scott served as Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, and professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa. In this capacity, Dr. Scott was chief academic officer and chief budget officer from 2019-2024, providing leadership in key areas such as equity, diversity and inclusive excellence, antiracism, Indigenous affairs and reconciliation, and mental health and wellness, according to the DND.

From 2013 to 2019, Dr. Scott served as the inaugural Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) at Queen’s University, where she oversaw the implementation of a new academic quality assurance process, led research and new practices in assessing higher-order cognitive skills in undergraduate education, and co-chaired the Provost’s Task Force on Truth and Reconciliation. According to the release, Dr. Scott assumed additional responsibilities as Interim Associate Vice-Principal (International) in 2018-2019. During her time as Head of the Department of German Language and Literature, she led major reform to academic programming and departmental structures.

At Queen’s University, she was professor in the Departments of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and German Language and Literature, and held cross-appointments to the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies. According to the release, Dr. Scott has taught and published widely in the fields of German and Austrian literary studies, forgiveness and conflict resolution, and Indigenous studies. Dr. Scott holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. She is fluent in English, French and German.

Established in 1876 in Kingston, Ont., RMC is a Canadian military college that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in various fields like social sciences, the humanities, science, and engineering.

RMC’s core activity is educating and training junior leaders enrolled in the Regular Officer Training Plan. Its four-pillar undergraduate degree program is composed of military education (leadership and ethos), physical fitness, bilingualism, and academics. 

A leader in defence research, RMC responds to the defence and security research needs of Canada. According to the DND, RMC’s research activities are inspired by a culture of discovery and innovation that is inquiry-based, leading to the generation, transfer, and sharing of relevant knowledge, with state-of-the-art research facilities such as a nuclear reactor, wind tunnels, an anechoic chamber, an observatory, and a cyber-lab.

Learn more about RCM on the school’s website.

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