Dr. Kevin Hewitt
Chair of Senate
Ex Officio, 2015-2022
Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee and Executive Committee
Dr. Hewitt is a full Professor in the Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science and Chair of Senate (2015-22) at Dalhousie University. In the classroom, Dr. Hewitt strives to link Physics to the everyday lives of learners. In his Molecular imaging lab, he has developed novel nanoparticle probes for cancer imaging and treatment, new optical imaging approaches and a prototype medical diagnostic tool for liver steatosis.
He completed his B. Sc., Physics Specialist & Biology Major at the University of Toronto (UofT) (1992), was active in student politics and received the UofT Physics prize. During his graduate studies at Simon Fraser University he helped establish several university and community organizations and programs. At Dalhousie he unified his deep and abiding interests in science and community engagement by co-founding the Imhotep’s Legacy Academy, a STEM outreach program for African Canadian students from junior high to university, which he lead from a small room in the Physics building to a provincial program with an annual budget approaching $0.5M. These contributions have been recognized by a Youth Community Service Award (1999) and the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence (2014). In 2018 he was named the Nova Scotia Discovery Centre Science Champion.
Dr. Hewitt has been awarded more than $3M in research funding, published in excess of 30 papers, delivered over 60 invited presentations in Canada, China, US, Ethiopia and Brazil, and supervised numerous students. He has also held visiting professor positions at Stanford University, Laurentian University, Universidade do Vale do Paraiba, Simon Fraser University, Addis Ababa University and the British Columbia Cancer Agency.
He has held elected positions on the Canadian Association of Physicists and the American Physical Society and presently serves on the Global Affairs Canada Faculty Mobility Program - Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program Selection Committee (2019-) and the National Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy (ACEDIP) for the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (2017-).