Dr. Harun Rashid Retires

Following a distinguished career spanning more than three decades in education, Dr. Harun Rashid retired at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 school year. Throughout his career, Dr. Rashid has been instrumental in engaging students to achieve their full potential through both the classroom and research activities.

Dr. Rashid's career began at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and was followed by 28 years at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, including one term as Acting Associate Vice-President of Research and two terms as Chair of the Department of Geography. Upon joining our faculty in 2004, Dr. Rashid served one three-year term as Geography & Earth Science Department Chair which concluded in 2007. During his time here, Dr. Rashid was responsible for developing coursework in Global Warming and has been a department leader in offering students the option of online courses. Along with Global Warming, Dr. Rashid also taught courses in Introductory Earth Science, Landforms, Environmental Hazards, Water Resources, and served as advisor for student independent study and research projects.

Dr. Rashid and his wife Mohsina plan to retire to Vancouver, B.C. where they will be near their daughter and grandchildren. Although Dr. Rashid will no longer be in the classroom, he intends to continue his scholarly activities through authoring books in his area of interest, floodplain management. In his spare time, Dr. Rashid enjoys visiting family and friends and traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as abroad.

Dr. Rashid says he will greatly miss his colleagues and the many friendships he has developed during his time here and the immense satisfaction of engaging students as they broaden their academic horizons. 

On the behalf of all the Geography and Earth Science faculty and staff he has served with both past and present, and the many students whose lives he touched, we would like to thank Dr. Rashid for the countless contributions he has made to our University, congratulate him on his retirement, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors! His contagious enthusiasm for Geography will surely be missed.