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April 30, 2017
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Laurier appoints two new inter-faculty associate deans

Aug 22/13

Kathryn Carter and Lauren Eisler have been appointed to two new inter-faculty associate dean positions responsible for academic coordination and academic development, respectively. These new positions were created at Laurier Brantford to provide support for the transition to a multi-Faculty campus and the multi-campus organizational structure. The Faculty of Liberal Arts and the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences were established at Laurier Brantford in July.

Carter’s main responsibilities include: overseeing the academic advising unit at Laurier Brantford; integrating new academic policies & procedures as required for multi-faculty operations at Laurier Brantford; and providing leadership in coordinating curriculum offerings at Laurier Brantford among the faculties, particularly in support of the Brantford Foundations program. The associate dean, academic coordination will also be the primary liaison among the associate deans of the undergraduate programs offered in Brantford for issues relating to curriculum and scheduling coordination and associated development of academic policies.

Eisler will focus on supporting the development of new programs and curriculum (undergraduate and graduate) to be offered at Laurier’s Brantford campus, including programs developed in collaboration with faculties in Waterloo and Kitchener. As appropriate, she will support the offering of courses and/or programs originating at Brantford at other Laurier locations. The associate dean, academic development will supervise the coordinator, academic program support to ensure synchronization of new program planning in Brantford. To facilitate program expansion and development at Laurier Brantford, the position will work closely with: chairs, program coordinators, associate deans, deans; the manager, academic development and program review; and external partners, including other universities and colleges.

“I am thrilled that two such accomplished and dedicated faculty members, both of whom have provided extensive leadership and support to the Brantford campus and the university, will be taking on these roles,” said Deb MacLatchy, vice-president: academic & provost. “I look forward to working with Kate and Lauren to further develop and integrate the Brantford campus’s academic programs and program supports.”

Carter joined Laurier Branford in 2000 as a faculty member in the contemporary studies program, and has served as program coordinator for English, as well as acting dean at the Brantford campus. Most recently, she was the associate dean prior to the creation of two faculties in Brantford.

Eisler joined the criminology program in 2004, and has served as program coordinator for both Criminology and Law and Society. She assumed the role of assistant dean, program development in January 2011.

Carter and Eisler will report directly to the vice-president: academic as they will have both multi-faculty and multi-campus responsibilities to integrate activities among faculties operating in Brantford, Kitchener and Waterloo. An associate dean position at Laurier reporting to the vice-president: academic is not unique to Laurier Brantford; this reporting relationship has been in place with the associate dean for the School of International Policy and Governance (SIPG) since 2009 as a result of the inter-faculty, inter-institutional, and interdisciplinary nature of the SIPG, which is associated with the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

These are three-year appointments, during which time the incumbents will be expected to develop the positions and their responsibilities in alignment with the academic priorities and of the university and the university’s academic plan. It is expected that both positions will evolve as the transition to a multi-faculty campus at Laurier Brantford advances.


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