George Maslany honored for distinguished service

News Release Release Date: December 5, 2014 11:30 a.m.

The University of Regina’s Board of Governors is honouring Dr. George Maslany by presenting him with the University’s Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony on December 8.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have: rendered outstanding service to the University; served the community for many years; and significantly enhanced the development and/or operations of one or more of the University’s areas of endeavor. The nomination must also be strongly supported within the University community.

“I am most appreciative of and humbled by the Board of Governors selecting me for this prestigious award. Receiving this recognition from the University of Regina, where I spent most of my career, is one of the most significant highlights of my life,” says Dr. Maslany.
“More importantly, I want to thank the University of Regina for initially hiring me as a faculty member, and then providing me with the opportunity to serve this institution in various challenging and exciting roles. This university provided me with a professional career beyond my dreams,” he adds.   

University of Regina President Dr. Vianne Timmons is pleased to honour Dr. Maslany.

“For more than four decades, Dr. Maslany has served our University as what I would call an ‘academic triple threat’ – a teacher and supervisor of students, a distinguished researcher, and a skilled and dedicated administrator,” says President Timmons. 

Board of Governors Chair Lee Elliott says “Dr. Maslany’s longstanding commitment to our University and the larger community perfectly embodies our University’s motto – “As One Who Serves” – and makes him a fitting recipient of this award.”    

Since the awards began in 1983, only 13 members of the University community have been recognized for their service. They include: Jim Ayre [1983], Cliff Blight [1984], D. T. Lowery [posthumously in 1986], Don Irwin [1988],  Dorothy Pogany [1990], Jack Boan [2006], William J. Howard [2007], R. James Tomkins [2008], Donald Lee [2009], Mo Bundon [2010], Andy Glavacevic [posthumously in 2012], and Harvey Mazinke and Michael Tymchak [2013].


George Maslany was born in Germany and moved to Regina as a pre-schooler. He began his university studies at what now is known as the College Avenue Campus, before the main campus of the University of Regina existed. He earned his BA in Psychology from the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan in 1966, and his MA in Psychology two years later from the same institution. In 1973 he completed his PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Calgary.

In 1972 he began his career as a Professional Research Associate at the School of Social Work at the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan. While engaged in private practice as a Registered Psychologist in Regina, he also worked as an assistant Professor, and later Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social work at the University of Regina. He also was a visiting professor in Hamburg, Germany, in 1974 and again in 1982.

In 1983 Dr. Maslany was promoted to Professor. He has served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, and Vice President (Academic). He served on several University Committees during his career. He was also Director of the University Library, and Chair of the Faculty Association.

Since his retirement in June 2012, Dr. Maslany has been a Visiting Professor in Xiamen, China, and in Ruhengeri, Rwanda.

Dr. Maslany has long demonstrated community involvement at the local, provincial and national levels. He was a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2006.


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