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Laurier appoints new dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts

Jun 3/14| For Immediate Release


Deborah MacLatchy, Vice-President, Academic & Provost
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Kevin Klein, Associate Director
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BRANTFORD – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed philosopher Heidi Northwood as the new dean of Faculty of Liberal Arts, effective August 1.

Northwood joins Laurier’s Brantford campus from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York where she is presently the director of integrative programs and the core curriculum, as well as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Philosophy.

“I am very excited to join Laurier’s Brantford campus and its unique community as the inaugural dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts,” said Northwood. “The programs within the faculty are wonderfully interdisciplinary, student-centred and focused on real world problems. I am delighted to have the opportunity to help build on these strengths and grow liberal arts programs that are relevant and engaged.”

Northwood holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Alberta, and BA (Hon) and MA in Philosophy degrees from the University of Western Ontario.  Her research applies interdisciplinary knowledge to ancient philosophy, ultimately resulting in syntheses of a wide range of materials.  

In her role as director of integrative programs and the core curriculum, Northwood led the implementation of a new core curriculum, including the integration of experiential learning and career development into the curriculum, the college-wide adoption of an electronic portfolio, and the coordination of college-wide student learning outcomes assessment. Previously, she led Nazareth's college-wide reaccreditation and served as the chair of the Department of Philosophy.

“I am extremely pleased that we have been able to recruit Dr. Northwood as dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Liberal Arts,” said Deborah MacLatchy, vice-president: academic and provost at Laurier. “She has a passion for teaching and scholarship in the liberal arts, and significant leadership experience demonstrating the value of a liberal arts education in arts, science and professional programs.” 

John McCutcheon, who served as both acting dean of the Brantford campus and acting dean of Liberal Arts, will be taking sabbatical beginning July 1, 2014. Bruce Arai will assume the role of acting dean of Liberal Arts until Northwood begins August 1. 

“I would like to thank John for his dedication and accomplishments in his time as acting dean,” said MacLatchy. "His leadership was critical during the transition to discipline-specific faculties at the Brantford campus." 


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