Jockel Named Piskor Professor at St. Lawrence

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CANTON, New York — Joseph T. Jockel, one of the most highly regarded researchers when it comes to Canadian defense and its impact abroad, has been named Piskor Professor of Canadian Studies at St. Lawrence University.


A St. Lawrence alumnus, Jockel has been a member of the St. Lawrence faculty for 35 years. His research has focused on the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).  He is the author of two books, No Boundaries Upstairs: Canada, the United States and the Origins of North American Air Defence, 1945-1958 (1987) and Canada in NORAD, 1957-2007: A History (2007) as well as an article, “NORAD Does Not Need Saving (2015). His most recent monograph is Canada and the Netherlands in Afghanistan (2014).


Jockel is also the author or co-author of more than 50 scholarly articles, book chapters or short monographs. He has been awarded numerous prestigious fellowships, including ones at the Council on Foreign Relations, NATO, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Jockel has also received a Fulbright Fellowship.


He graduated from St. Lawrence in 1974 summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was the founding director of the university’s Canadian studies program and one of the original teachers in what became the University’s First-Year Program, in which he continues to teach. Jockel earned his master’s from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.


The Piskor Professorships were established by members of the Board of Trustees to honor Frank Piskor and his wife Anne on the occasion of his 1981 retirement as fourteenth president of St. Lawrence University. Piskor Professors “must be excellent teachers and have demonstrated leadership in developing new learning experiences for students” and must “set high professional standards by showing concern for the intellectual activity of the campus and by being a productive and respected scholar, and give promise of continuing growth and excellence.”


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