The award recognizes Professor Joyal’s manifold and sustained services to Classical studies in Canada as a teacher, scholar and administrator.
After completing his studies at the University of Manitoba and St Andrews University, Professor Joyal held temporary posts at the Universities of Calgary and Toronto before being appointed to the Department of Classics at Memorial University. He served there for seventeen years, twelve of these as department head. Since 2003 he has been Professor of Classics and department head at the University of Manitoba. He is a rigorous and inspirational teacher, untiring in his commitment to this fundamental duty of our profession. By regularly teaching a full complement of courses alongside his administrative and editorial work he has advanced both the programmes concerned and the progress of many individual students towards their degrees. In the realm of scholarship he is noted for his scrupulous work on the texts of Plato and others, especially the Platonic Theages, and is now contributing to editions in both the Éditions Budé and the Oxford Classical Texts series. He has performed signal service to the Association and to the Canadian scholarly community as an editor of Échos du monde classique/Classical Views, now Mouseion, for no less than fourteen years, and his editorial activity has extended to several collections of essays as well as a jointly authored sourcebook on Greek and Roman education to be published this year. His administrative skills, dedication and patience have earned the respect and gratitude of his colleagues and have ensured the health and advancement, often in difficult times, of the programmes and projects which he has guided.
Mark Joyal’s personal qualities of intellectual and ethical rigour, good judgement, generosity and humanitas have consistently inspired and encouraged those who work with him. We are proud to recognize him as one who has served, and continues to serve, the cause of Classical studies in Canada with distinction.