Angelique EagleWoman is set to become the first Aboriginal woman to head a law school in Canada. A practising attorney, law professor, legal scholar and a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe, Ms. EagleWoman will take up the role of dean at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in May. She is currently on faculty at the University of Idaho College of Law in the U.S., and will join Lakehead shortly before Canada’s newest law school is set to graduate its first cohort. Ms. EagleWoman says she was impressed by Lakehead’s law curriculum, which requires students to complete first- and second-year courses in Aboriginal law. “This position is a dream come true for me because of the faculty of law’s commitment to produce lawyers for rural and small town legal practice, the focus on natural resources and environmental law, and the required curriculum on aspects of Aboriginal and indigenous law,” she said. Ms. EagleWoman received her juris doctor degree from the University of North Dakota and her LLM in American Indian and indigenous law from the University of Tulsa. She has served as general counsel for her own tribe and as a tribal judge in four tribal court systems.
The University of Lethbridge appointed Claudia Malacrida associate vice-president, research, for a five-year term effective Jan. 1. Dr. Malacrida joined the department of sociology in 2002 and was recently awarded a Tier I Board of Governors Research Chair. She researches the sociology of the body, and recently published a volume on eugenics and institutionalization of individuals with disabilities in Alberta.
Barry Craig has been appointed principal of Huron University College at Western University. Currently vice-president, academic and research, at St. Thomas University, his appointment begins July 1. Dr. Craig, an associate professor in philosophy, was previously dean of faculty. During his time at St. Thomas, Dr. Craig has led the development of accessibility services, of pre-law and pre-health sciences concentrations, and wrote the student code of conduct.
At McMaster University, Paul O’Byrne has been named vice-president of the faculty of health sciences. Currently chair of the department of medicine, Dr. O’Byrne will assume the role on July 1. He joined the faculty in 1977 as a resident after training as a doctor at University College, Dublin, and became a tenured professor in 1994. He was selected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2010 and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2015.
St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan has named Arul Kumaran dean of the college for a five-year term, effective July 1. Dr. Kumaran joined the college in 2005 and is an associate professor of English. He served as English department head from 2012 to 2015.
Susan Mumm has been appointed principal of Brescia University College, effective this July. She will join Brescia from Queen’s University, where she is dean of arts and science, and a professor of history. In a career that spans more than 20 years, Dr. Mumm has served in various positions at York University, the Open University in England, Mount Saint Vincent University and Massey University in New Zealand.
Jacqueline Muldoon is the new provost and vice-president, academic, of Trent University. She began her five-year term on Jan. 1 after serving in the role on an interim basis since July 1, 2015. Dr. Muldoon, an economics professor, has taught at Trent since 1983. In 2010, she was appointed dean of the school of education.
Allen Berger has been reappointed dean of the faculty of Augustana and executive officer of Augustana Campus at the University of Alberta. His second five-year term will commence July 1. Dr. Berger, a cultural anthropologist, came to U of A in 2011 from the University of Maine Farmington, where he was chief academic officer.
Louis Visentin has been granted the title of president emeritus of Brandon University. The board of governors has conferred the title in recognition of a president who has served the university with distinction while in office. Dr. Visentin served as president from 2000 to 2009. In that time he oversaw BU’s connection to Canada’s high-speed Internet research network, as well as the implementation of several new programs, scholarships and campus improvements.
At the University of Winnipeg, Neil Besner has been reappointed provost and vice-president, academic, for a second five-year term. Dr. Besner joined the university’s English department in 1987. He was named founding dean of arts in 2005 and has served in a number of senior executive roles since then.
Wendy Cukier will become president and vice-chancellor of Brock University on Sept. 1. Dr. Cukier, who currently serves as vice-president, research and innovation, at Ryerson University, is a scholar in emerging technology and innovation, and a social justice advocate. It will be the first time in the institution’s history that the post will be held by a woman and by a Brock graduate.
Laurentian University has tapped Pierre Zundel to be the next provost and vice-president, academic. His appointment begins July 1. He takes on the role after most recently serving as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Sudbury, and following 12 years as dean of Renaissance College at the University of New Brunswick.
Martin Taylor was appointed executive director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network. He steps into the role on April 1 for a five-year term. Dr. Taylor is a professor emeritus of geography at the University of Victoria, where he served as UVic’s first vice-president, research, and as founding president and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada. The CRDCN provides researchers with access to confidential microdata files from Statistics Canada surveys and administrative data sets.
Scott Fehrenbacher will join Trinity Western University as senior vice-president, external relations. He most recently served as a senior vice-president at Grand Canyon University, a Christian university in Phoenix, Arizona. At GCU he led marketing, recruiting and brand strategy, and saw campus enrollment grow from 1,000 to more than 15,000 in five years.
The University of Saskatchewan appointed Martin Phillipson dean of the college of law for a five-year term beginning July 1. Mr. Phillipson has held several administrative roles at U of S, including vice-provost of organizational restructuring for the college of medicine; acting vice-provost, faculty relations; and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the college of law. He previously taught at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and the Australian National University.
Chad London was named dean of the college of kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan for a five-year term beginning Nov. 1. Dr. London is currently dean of the faculty of health, community and education at Mount Royal University. He also served as associate dean of the faculty, and chair of the department of physical education and recreation studies.