St. Thomas University Appoints Faculty Deans and Assistant Vice-President (Research)
Published: Friday, Jun 29, 2012
St. Thomas University has appointed Dr. Michael Boudreau as Dean of Humanities, Dr. Kim Fenwick as Dean of Social Sciences and Dr. Gayle MacDonald as Assistant Vice-President (Research).
St. Thomas University President and Vice Chancellor Dawn Russell said that the university is now of a scale and complexity that requires academic faculties under the leadership of deans.
“In order to best achieve our mission of teaching, research and service, we needed to restructure our academic areas with new responsibilities for members of administration. I am pleased that members of our faculty have stepped forward to assume these important positions,” said Russell.
She said that these appointments follow an external review of the university’s academic structure. The university has established a Faculty of Humanities and a Faculty of Social Sciences and eliminated the existing Dean of Faculty position. The new faculties complement the university’s School of Education and School of Social Work. The title of the existing Dean of Research was changed to Assistant Vice-President (Research).
These positions report to Vice-President (Academic), Dr. Barry Craig, who will become the Vice-President (Academic and Research) in recognition of the position’s vital role in supporting and promoting research at the university.
Dr. Michael Boudreau - Dean of Humanities
Boudreau came to St. Thomas in 2004 when he joined the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He has a BA (Mount Allison), MA (Queen’s) and PhD (Queen’s). He served as chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and as chair of many university committees. He is the author of the recently released City of Order: Crime and Society in Halifax, 1918-35. At spring convocation, he was recognized for his role in helping to organize Congress 2011, a major humanities and social sciences conference.
Dr. Kim Fenwick - Dean of Social Sciences
Fenwick holds a BSc (Acadia), MA (UWO) and PhD (UWO) and joined the Department of Psychology in 1995. She later served as the chair of that department and many university committees. She was the winner of the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. She is the author of numerous scholarly publications including her contribution to Witnesses and the Law: Information and Suggestions for Lawyers and Psychologists.
Dr. Gayle MacDonald - Assistant Vice-President (Research)
MacDonald came to St. Thomas in 1992 as director of the newly established Criminology and Social Justice program. She has a BA (Dalhousie), MA (Ottawa) and PhD (UNB). In 1997 she was the winner of the University’s Merit Award for Scholarship and is the author of many publications including the co-authored book, Sex Workers of the Maritimes Talk Back. She was appointed Dean of Research in 2010.