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Sheila Embleton

Expert in linguistics, names and higher education systems

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Distinguished Research Professor

Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext. 88849




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University Affairs – A confident India beckons Canada’s universities
Toronto Star – Are they illegal or illegalized?
The Globe and Mail - Academics plant seeds of revolution in the Ivory Tower
Radio Canada International - Enquête sur la Faculté des arts de l'Université Laurentienne
Nature - Cultural goldmine lurks in digitized books
York University Gazette - Embleton receives prestigious White Rose of Finland medal
YFile – Sheila Embleton lauded for her contributions to York
YFile – Four York professors elected to the Royal Society of Canada
YFile – York to honour three of its own during Spring Convocation
YFile – A diamond year continues for the University’s academy
YFile - York's leadership on internationalization wins awards


Insight Development Grant, “China, India and the Challenge to Canada's 'Diplomacy of Knowledge”: A Comparative Study of the Internationalization of Higher Education - 2014 - 2016
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Membership Development Grant - 2013
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

Insight Grant, The Nature of Dialect: Exploring Dialect Relationships with an Expanded Online Dialect Atlas - 2012 - 2016
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Senior Fellow of Massey College - 2012 - 2015
University of Toronto

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal - 2012

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Internationalization - 2011
York University

Recognition Award - 2011
Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC)

Fellow of Royal Society of Canada - 2010

Standard Research Grant, The Romanian Online Dialect Atlas II - 2008 - 2011
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Twenty Third International Congress of Onomastic Sciences - 2008
SSHRCC Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences in Canada

Internationalization Leadership Award - 2005
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)

Fellow for Encouragement of Arts - 2000
Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland - 1999


Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Chair of the Board

Royal Society of Canada
Honorary Secretary

TOEFL (ETS, Princeton, NJ)
Member of the Board

TOEFL (ETS, Princeton, NJ)
Member of the Committee of Examiners

York University Faculty Association
Chief Steward

York University
Former Vice-President Academic and Provost (2000 - 2009)

York University
Former Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts (1994 - 2000)

Stong College, York University

Former Special Advisor to the President and CEO

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Senior Adviser

Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, York University

International Linguistic Association

Linguistic Society of America

International Quantitative Linguistics Association
Former President, Member

International Council of Onomastic Sciences
Former President, Member

Centre for Research on Language Contact, Glendon, York University

Finnish Literature Society, Helsinki

Evidence and Policy Research Group

Former Member of the Board of Directors

Canadian Friends of Finland Education Foundation

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