Rena Upitis has degrees in psychology (BA 1980), law (LLB 1981), and education (MEd 1982, EdD 1985). She is a musician (ARCT, Piano Performance, 1975; ARCT Vocal Performance 1993) and holds a diploma in architectural technology (2006). She served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1984-1986, before securing her current position at Queen’s University, where she has been a full professor since 1995. She has received several Canadian and U.S. best paper awards and has secured more than $8 million dollars in research funding from government, foundations, and businesses. She has authored or co-authored seven books and has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Her most recent book, Raising a School (2010), is published with Wintergreen Studios Press.
Rena is the principal investigator for the iSCORE project, Transforming Music Education with Digital Tools. The iSCORE project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, The Royal Conservatory, Queen’s University, and Concordia University. Prior funding from Canadian Heritage enabled the team to develop iSCORE.
Rena received the 2012 Prize for Research Excellence from Queen’s University, and represents Queen’s in the Council of Ontario Universities campaign for making research results relevant to the general public.