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Announcements – April 5, 2021


The University of Victoria announced that Aaron Devor will continue his work as the world’s first chair in transgender studies for a second five-year term. In his first five years on the job, Dr. Devor worked with the university, students, research colleagues and the community, secured research grants, advised and collaborated with visiting scholars and sponsored the biennial Moving Trans History Forward conferences. He also worked in public education and knowledge translation about transgender studies through public lectures, keynotes and plenary addresses around the world.

Robina Thomas (Qwul’sih’yah’maht) has been named the founding associate vice-president, Indigenous, at the University of Victoria. Dr. Thomas will hold the new position for a three-year term. She was the inaugural executive director of the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement at the university and is currently an associate professor in UVic’s school of social work. Dr. Thomas first joined the university in 1998 as a visiting lecturer and accepted a tenure track position in 2001. A member of the Lyackson First Nation, Dr. Thomas focuses her research on Indigenous women and children, residential schools, storytelling, Indigenous community engagement and anti-colonial/anti-racist practices.

The University of Calgary has named Teri Balser as its next provost and vice-president, academic. She began a five-year term in the position on April 1. Dr. Bowser is the former interim president and provost and vice-president, academic, at Dalhousie University. Before joining Dalhousie, she served as dean of teaching and learning for the faculty of science and engineering at Curtin University in Perth, Australia and dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida.

Ian Sutherland, dean of Memorial University’s School of Music, has accepted the position of interim vice-president, Grenfell Campus. Dr. Sutherland has headed Memorial’s School of Music since 2016. He has worked as an academic leader, educator, researcher and consultant in more than 40 countries. Dr. Sutherland’s research includes studies on leadership development, the aesthetics of power and the social dimensions of creative processes. He takes on his new role on June 15.

Andy Sidhu has been reappointed chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley and began a new three-year term on April 1. Dr. Sidhu was first appointed in 2017 and was the university’s third chancellor. He was an accountant by trade before emigrating to Canada from Malaysia in 1974. He founded B.C.’s first multi-language newspaper, the Punjabi Patrika, in 1996, which printed 15,000 copies every day in English and Punjabi. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, the Order of Abbotsford and a Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity award.

Brock University announced the reappointment of university librarian Mark Robertson. Mr. Robertson joined Brock in August 2016 after serving as associate university librarian at York University. During his first term, he developed a new strategic plan and master space plan for the library, developed Brock’s new open access policy and was involved in the renovation of a student study space. Mr. Robertson’s second five-year term begins on July 1.

Krista Craven begins a new role as Carleton University’s inaugural equity, diversity and inclusion learning specialist in the university’s department of equity and inclusive communities. In this new position, Dr. Craven will collaborate, develop and deliver EDI curricular and teaching support for faculty and instructors to help integrate inclusive, decolonized and anti-racist practices. She is currently an associate professor of community and justice studies and the chair of the justice policy studies department at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The University of the Fraser Valley has selected its new dean of the College of Arts. Sylvie Murray, who has been associate dean of faculty in the College of Arts at UFV since September 2016, begins her new duties on July 1. Dr. Murray has been with UFV for almost 30 years and previously served as a faculty member in the history department, history department head, executive member of the UFV faculty and staff association and program development coordinator in the vice-provost’s office from 2013 to 2016.

Ailsa Craig has been appointed interim dean of the faculty of humanities and social sciences at Memorial University. Dr. Craig is currently associate dean, curriculum and programs and a professor in the faculty, and is the former head of the unit’s department of sociology. Dr. Craig is a recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Craig is a queer and trans activist and was selected as a community leadership marshal for the 2014 St. John’s Pride parade.

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