Deans and Directors

Senior Academic and Administrative Officers of Faculties, Colleges or Schools exercise general supervision and direction over the faculty, college, or school including its staff and the students registered in the unit. In collaboration with other senior-level administrators and in consultation with constituents across the academy, he or she provides leadership in shaping and implementing the University's strategic goals and academic agenda.

The following University of Manitoba's Senior Academic and Administrative Officers are highlighted below.

Deans and Directors of Faculties and Schools

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science

Dr. Karin Wittenberg (Dean)

Dr. Karin Wittenberg has a doctorate in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Manitoba.  She is currently serving as the Dean in the Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences, and has previously served as Associate Dean (Research) and head of the department of Animal Science.  During her tenure as Dean, she has facilitated the integration of the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, as well as inclusion of textile sciences researchers into the Faculty; overseen the transfer of the government of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals to the Faculty; and initiated the renewal of the Glenlea Research Station, the Faculty's livestock research farm.

One initiative led by Dr. Wittenberg resulted in the establishment of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment at the University of Manitoba to study the long-term impact of conventional and alternative livestock and land management practices on environmental, economic and human health.  The $10.5 million initiative has brought animal and plant scientists together with microbiologists, engineers and food scientists to identify food production strategies that are ecologically and economically sound in the longer term.  An exciting addition to the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment was the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, a $5 million facility which was officially opened in 2010 and which features interactive displays and programming to explain the role of science in making food.  To date, over 30.000 visitors have participated in activities that help them understand current food production in Canada.  The Food and Discover Entre is the only interactive exhibit of the science and technology  of sustainable food production in Manitoba and one of only a handful in Canada.

Wittenberg's work as a university academic and professional agrologist reflects the continuing need to address key issues facing animal agriculture in Canada.  She chaired Canada's first national Traceability Conference in 2010.  She has been a a member of the Task force for CDC North (20030/04), a Manitoba initiative that resulted in the expanded role of the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health (level 4 lab).  As well, she was appointed the Expert Panel on Future of Food Biotechnology in Canada, Royal Society of Canada (2000-01) to provide recommendation to the Government of Canada regarding the potential and risk of genetically modified plants and animals in our food production systems.  She was appointed to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Table on Climate Change (1998-2000), the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Advisory Committee related to greenhouse gas mitigation (2002-2006), and now Environment Canada's Technical Committee on GHG emissions from Livestock (2008-present).  Currently, Dr. Wittenberg sits on two national and one provincial industry-led agencies funding research.  Her work was recognized with an Animal Science Award for Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Science in 2004, YMCA Woman of the Year in Science and Innovation in 2008, Manitoba Pork Council Education award in 2009, and a Canada Society of Animal Science fellowship award in 2013.

Dr. Wittenberg maintains a research program in the area of grassland management and environment, and has developed the research tools for some of the first greenhouse gas work generating information relevant to Canadian production systems.

 



Faculty of Architecture

Dr. Jonathan Beddoes (Dean)

Jonathan Beddoes

Dr. Beddoes has exceptional skills as an academic administrator, his highly collaborative approach, his strong commitment to professional education and his demonstrated record of working in partnership with professional associations/organizations.  Dr. Beddoes is an active participant on various university committees, which include the Strategic Planning Committee, the Budget Model Redesign Steering Committee, University Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee and the President's Advisory Committee on Information Technology and Innovation.  He is a member of Senate, the Senate Committee on University Research and the University Information Technology Committee.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Architecture in 2017 Dr. Beddoes was and is the Dean of Engineering at the University of Manitoba since 2011. 



School of Art

Mr. Paul Hess (Director)

Paul HessOriginally from Toronto, Paul Hess studied at the University of Guelph and received his MFA from NSCAD in 1978. He has lived on the east coast and the west coast and taught at several universities across Canada. His paintings and photographs have been shown in various centers across Canada since 1974. He has received arts grants from the Ontario Arts Council, BC Arts Council and the Canada Council. In 1987, he was appointed to the faculty at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver where he held teaching and administrative roles, including Dean of Media Arts. In 2008, he was appointed Director of the School of Art at the University of Manitoba.

   



Faculty of Arts

Dr. Jeffery Taylor (Dean)

Jeffery Taylor came to the University of Manitoba after twenty years at Athabasca University in Alberta. During his time at Athabasca University, Dr. Taylor served as Coordinator of the Labour Studies program, Chair of the Centre for Work and Community Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to various positions, including President, with the Athabasca University Faculty Association.

Dr. Taylor is an historian specializing in Canadian labour history. He is the author of two books and numerous articles in Canadian labour history and Canadian history more generally. He also has an interest in internet-based learning and has published a number of articles on the use of online technologies in workplace education and training. His current research interests include the origins and development of workplace grievance and arbitration systems in Canada and the application and use of internet-based learning technologies in higher education.

 



I.H. Asper School of Business, Faculty of Management

Dr. Gady Jacoby (Dean)

Dr. Gady Jacoby has been the Acting Dean and Bryce Douglas Professor in Finance at the I.H. Asper School of Business.  Previously he was the School's Associate Dean Research and Graduate Programs and the founding director of the I.H. Asper Master of Finance.  Dr. Jacoby received his Ph.D. in Finance from York University in 1999.  His Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Three Essays on Defaultable Fixed-Income Securities" was nominated for the York University Best Dissertation Award.  He has received numerous research grants and merit awards.  They include five grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, two CMA Canada Academic Merit Awards, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Fund, and several research and teaching merit awards at the University level. 

The focus of Dr. Jacoby's research and consulting work is on the subjects of asset-pricing models, fixed-income securities, market liquidity, and behavioral finance.  He has published articles in several quality journals, including the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of Fixed Income, Journal of Financial Research, Applied Financial Economics, Financial Review, and Research in International Business and Finance. 

Dr. Jacoby currently serves as a Subject Editor for Emerging Markets Review (SSCI) and Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (SSCI).  In addition, he is an Associate Editor for Finance Research Letters (SSCI) and an Advisory Board Member for Risk Management (SSCI) and for Financial Innovation.  He taught courses in financial economics, fixed-income securities, investments, corporate finance, and financial modeling at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels.  Dr. Jacoby has held visiting academic positions at New York University, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (China), and the University of Melbourne, and he taught in Singapore, Taiwan and Uruguay.

 



Faculty of Education

Dr. David Mandzuk (Dean)

David MandzukDr. David Mandzuk began his teaching career in 1979.  He spent the first 20 years teaching in four elementary/middle years schools in Winnipeg during which time he was a classroom teacher, physical education teacher, collaborating teacher, faculty advisor, and head teacher.  In 1999 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor and Middle Years stream leader and led the Middle Years and Weekend College programs until 2005.  In 2003, he was appointed as the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs).  In 2012 he became the Acting Dean and in 2013 he was appointed as the Dean of Education. 

Dr. Mandzuk has contributed to books and has co-authored to books with Shelley Hasinoff, the first with the National Middle School Association entitled “Slices of Life: Managing dilemmas in middle grades teaching” in 2010.  The second book, also with Shelley Hasinoff is entitled “Case Studies in Educational Foundations: Canadian Perspectives” and will be published early in 2015 by Oxford University Press.  Dr. Mandzuk has also published in national and international journals.  He has been president of the Canadian Association of Foundations of Education (CAFE) from 2005-2010 and is the chair elect of the International Council of Education for Teaching (ICET), an international NGO that brings developed and developing countries together on educational and teacher education matters.

 



Faculty of Engineering

Dr. Jonathan Beddoes (Dean)

Jonathan BeddoesDr. Beddoes has an engineering career that includes industrial product and process development, research in industrial and government laboratories, as well as extensive experience in academia. Prior to joining the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba in 2011, for eighteen years he was a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa, including six years as Department Chair. He has taught engineering courses at all levels from first year to graduate studies. Before joining academia he worked at Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc., and Alcan Aluminium for ten years.

His research interests have included high strength aluminum alloys for aircraft applications, casting and processing of aluminum for high value added sheet products, processing/recycling of Al-Si alloys, and high temperature materials for gas turbine applications. He is the (co-)author of more than 60 research papers, three patents and two books dealing with industrial processing of engineering materials.

 



Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

 Dr. Norman Halden (Dean)

Norman HaldenHalden graduated with a First Class Honours in Geology in 1979, and as a Carnegie Fellow with a Ph.D. in Geology in 1983 from Glasgow University. He was appointed to a faculty position geochemistry at the University of Manitoba in 1983. Early in his career he established a multidisciplinary approach to understanding trace element distribution in minerals.  This research encompassed fieldwork, microbeam analysis and theoretical modelling of self-organized geochemical systems. He has developed and taught a number of courses principally in geochemistry, petrology and instrumental methods. Halden has done extensive work in the development of novel microbeam analytical techniques.  He has served on and chaired several NSERC committees dealing with instrumental installations.  Halden also served as finance chair of the Mineralogical Association of Canada (1985-1999), and subsequently as President of the Association from 2002-2004.  Halden has served on several University committees, won 3 UTS awards, an Rh award, the University Outreach Award and the Berry Medal of the Mineralogical Association.  

Halden has made innovative contributions to the analysis of minerals using both low- and high- energy PIXE (proton-induced X-ray emission). He was the first to identify proton activation analysis (PAA) using high-energy protons and to apply low energy PIXE to the systematic analysis of trace elements in silicate and carbonate minerals. Using PIXE and image analysis he was the first to use fractal statistics to quantitatively characterize self-organized mineral zoning. More recently Halden has been involved with the development of laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry. He has developed and currently operates a femtosecond laser facility capable of both UV and infrared ablation promising more precise and sensitive analytical data.   His micron-scale analytical work, combined with complex mineral zoning is finding fertile application in a range of environmental systems. He and his graduate students have been applying these new micro analytical techniques to the analysis of fish otoliths in areas impacted by mine tailings and in the Arctic. His work was the first to unambiguously identify migratory patterns in Arctic char, which has important implications for indigenous subsistence fisheries and contaminant dispersal.  Similarly, his laboratory is the first to analyze selenium and mercury distributions in fish otoliths as a means of monitoring historical contaminant dispersal.  The laboratory is now receiving samples from around the world and students and faculty from across North America are regular visitors. He has published 94 refereed journal and book articles and has supervised 6 Ph.D. students and 14 M.Sc. students and held or holds several NSERC and CFI grants.

 



Faculty of Graduate Studies

 Dr. Todd Mondor  Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) & Dean, Graduate Studies

Todd Mondor

Dr. Mondor is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts.  Since 2014, he has served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  Prior to this, he held the positions of Department Head (2009 to 2014) and Associate Head, Graduate Program (2005 to 2009) of the Department of Psychology.  While holding these administrative positions, Dr. Mondor has been an active participant on many committees including Senate, Faculty of Graduate Studies' Academic Guidelines, Academic Program and Executive Committees, and departmental promotion, tenure and hiring committees in psychology.

Dr. Mondor received his PhD in cognitive/perception in 1992 from the University of Waterloo.  Prior to joining the University of Manitoba in 1999, he was a tenured Associate Professor at Mount Allison University.  His research has been funded by several local and national funding agencies, including NSERC and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and he maintains a strong commitment to teaching and learning through undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision.

 



Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

 Dr. Brian Postl  Vice-Provost (Health Sciences) & Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Brian PostlDr. Postl is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He received his doctor of medicine degree in 1976 and the Royal College Fellowship in Community Medicine and in Pediatrics in 1981 and 1982, respectively. He was the founding president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), a position he held for 10 years.

Dr. Postl has served as head of Pediatrics and Child Health and as head of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has also served as director of the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit, a division of community and northern medicine, and as director of the Faculty of Medicine’s community medical residency program.

His research, published works and professional involvement focus on Aboriginal child health, circumpolar health and human resource planning. His contributions in these areas, combined with his experience as a visiting pediatrician to communities in northern Manitoba and Nunavut, contributed to him earning the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centre's Child Health Award of Distinction in 2006 and the Inter-Professional Association on Native Employment’s Champion of Aboriginal Employment award in 2007.

 



Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Dr. Douglas Brown (Dean)

Douglas BrownDr. Brown holds a PhD in Sport History from the University of Western Ontario. His research has focused on the origins of the Modern Olympic-Games, early Canadian Mountaineering and winter sports, generally. From these vantage points Dr. Brown explores themes such as identity, ethnicity and human agency within sport as well as the aesthetics or poetics of sport participation. He is widely published in international publications and his research has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research council of Canada.

  

 



Faculty of Law

Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch (Dean)

Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch was appointed Dean of Law in July 2016.  Dr. Black-Branch has worked in a variety of countries including most recently the United Kingdom, Denmark and Switzerland.  He has held academic leadership roles including most recently, chair in International Law and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Management, Economics and Law at Royal Holloway, University of London; and has been Head of the School of Law and Director of Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Business at the University of Bedfordshire; Dean and Head of School, ATV Business in Copenhagen, Denmark as well as Senior Law Fellow and Director of Law Grey Friars Hall at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Black-Branch is a Barrister who is actively engaged in the legal profession, both as a lawyer and a Justice of the Peace serving as a Magistrate in Oxford.  He serves as Chairman of the International Law and has convened five Round Table forums and research conferences on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law and is founding President of the International Society of Law and Nuclear diplomacy and Disarmament, and as the British representative to the International Law Association's Arms Control and Disarmament Law Committee.  He is the co-editor of the refereed journal series on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law published in Asser Press.

Prior to commencing his academic law career, Dr. Black-Branch was trained as an educator.  Dr. Black-Branch received his PhD from the University of Toronto as well as an MA and doctorate in Law (D.Phil) from the University of Oxford.  He is a fellow of the British High Education Academy and has completed a postgraduate diploma in teaching and learning in Higher Education at the University of Oxford and is a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal recipient for his 'worth and devoted services to the community'.

 

 


 Desautels Faculty of Music

 

 Dr. Laura Loewen (Acting Dean)

 

 

 

Praised for expressivity, virtuosity, and committed playing, Canadian collaborative pianist Dr. Laura Loewen has appeared in concerts throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and South America.  Dedicated to sharing her passion for ensemble playing and coaching, she is a professor of Collaborative Piano and the Vocal Coach at the University of Manitoba's Desautels Faculty of Music.  She is a founding artist and the current board chair of Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI), and is a long-time member of the faculty of the NUOVA opera training program in Edmonton, Alberta.

An extremely versatile pianist, Dr. Loewen has performed extensively with singers, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles, and is equally comfortable in traditional and contemporary idioms.  She has appeared in concert with artists such as Charles Castleman, Tracy Dahl, Monica Huisman, Mel Braun, Wendy Nielsen, Kimberly Barber, Jasper Wood, Eugene Rousseau, and William Bennett.  She is proud to perform regularly with many of her fellow University of Manitoba faculty members.

Dr. Loewen and duo partner, saxophonist Allen Harrington, have been performing together for more than a decade and are acclaimed for the virtuosic, musical and electrifying performances.  Dr. Loewen is also a founding member of The Galileo Trio with Kerry duWors, violin and Mark Rudoff, cello ("an enlightened idea" - Winnipeg Free Press) and Emerado with Rosemarie van der Hoft, messo-soprano and Mel Braun, baritone ("true camaraderie and rapport" - Winnipeg Free Press).

Teaching and mentoring is an important element of Dr. Loewen's career.  She shares her love of ensemble playing through teaching at the University of Manitoba and at summer festivals and masterclasses.  Her work as a vocal coach with both professionals and students is characterized by her philosophy of "Passionate Diction".  Her lectures on Diction and Ensemble were a yearly event at VISI, and she has spoken about Diction at National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) events and at Podium, the bi-annual Canadian Choral Conference.  Dr. Loewen's articles on "Health and the Collaborative Pianist" and Diction can be found at Sparks and Wiry Cries.

A member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientist, Dr. Loewen has received several grants and awards, including the Rh Award for Creative Work, University of Manitoba; Creative Works Grants, University of Manitoba; a Special Opportunities Grant, Manitoba Arts Council; and grants for commissioning Canadian compositions through the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council. 

Within the university, Dr. Loewen is the chair of the Desaultels Faculty of Music Curriculum Committee, vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Awards of the Rh Awards Selection Committee and the Creative Works and Grant Committee.

Dr. Loewen holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in accompanying/coaching from the University of Minnesota, where she was a fellowship student of Margo Garrett and Karl Paulnack.

 


 

 Faculty of Science

 

Dr. Stefi Baum (Dean)  

 

 

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Stefi BaumDr. Stefi Baum earned a BA in physics with honors from Harvard University and a PhD in astronomy from the University of Maryland. Her personal research focuses in two areas: (i) the study of activity in galaxies and its relation to galaxy evolution and (ii) the development of image processing, statistical algorithms, and calibration techniques for brain imaging for the diagnosis of mental health and learning disabilities. Dr. Baum is active in the development of new mission concepts and has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals. Dr. Baum is also active in education and public outreach and K-12 STEM Education and is committed to the engagement of youth and the public in science and mathematics. 

 



Faculty of Social Work

 

 

Dr. Diane Hiebert-Murpy (Acting Dean)

Dr. Diane Hiebert-Murphy obtained a BSW, MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba.  She completed a clinical internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  She is currently the Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs) as well as a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work and the Psychology Service Centre in the Faculty of Arts.  She has a strong commitment to teaching and clinical and research supervision.  She has served as the advisor for more than 50 graduate students.  Dr. Hiebert-Murphy has served as Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Programs) in the Faculty of Social Work (2004-2007; 2011-2013) and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies (2014-2016).  Her research focuses on family violence and family-centered practice and has been funded nationally (SSHRC) and provincially.  Since 1998 she has been the director of the Couples Project, a provincially funded service/training/research program for couples with a history of intimate partner violence.  She is a member of the Family Violence Consortium of Manitoba and serves on the Executive Council of the Psychological Association of Manitoba.

 



Division of Extended Education

 

Dr. Gary Hepburn (Dean)

Gary HepburnDr. Hepburn received his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of British Columbia. His areas of teaching and scholarly interest focus on educational technology, including on-line learning, and strategic directions and emerging trends in higher education. His published work is mainly in the areas of science education and the use of open source software in education settings. Dr. Hepburn's research has been supported by local, provincial and national sources, including SSHRC.

Prior to joining the University of Manitoba, Dr. Hepburn held the position of Director of Academic Programming and Delivery at the Open Campus, University of the West Indies.

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Rectors and Wardens of Affiliated Colleges

St. Andrew's College

V. Rev. Fr. Roman .Bozyk (Dean of Theology)

 


St. John's College

Dr. Chris Trott (Warden/Vice-Chancellor)

Chris TrottDr Trott has spent 35 years working with Inuit in Ikpiarjuq and Pangnirtung on Baffin Island.  His research areas include Inuit kinship and social organization, the history of Christian missions on Baffin Island, and Inuit views on climate change. He received his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1989 and taught at Concordia University in Montreal for 15 years.  He joined the Native Studies Department at the University of Manitoba in 1998.  In 2000 he became a Fellow at St John’s College, returning to the College where he had started his post-secondary education in 1973.  Dr. Trott became Warden and Vice-Chancellor in 2011.

 



St. Paul's College

Dr. Christopher Adams (Rector)

Christopher AdamsChristopher Adams is the Rector of St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba and serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice which is housed in St. Paul's College.  

Prior to joining St. Paul's College Dr. Adams obtained his PhD in Political Science from Carleton University and was a senior market research and pollster working for Canadian and international clients. His areas of expertise include governance, marketing research, and Canadian politics. He is the author of Politics in Manitoba: Parties Leaders and Voters published by the University of Manitoba Press and co-editor of Metis in Canada published by the University of Alberta Press. He is a regular media commentator on social and political issues for the CBC and other outlets.

 



University College

Dr. Jeff Taylor (Acting Provost)

Jeff TaylorJeffery Taylor came to the University of Manitoba after twenty years at Athabasca University in Alberta. During his time at Athabasca University, Dr. Taylor served as Coordinator of the Labour Studies program, Chair of the Centre for Work and Community Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to various positions, including President, with the Athabasca University Faculty Association.

Dr. Taylor is an historian specializing in Canadian labour history. He is the author of two books and numerous articles in Canadian labour history and Canadian history more generally. He also has an interest in internet-based learning and has published a number of articles on the use of online technologies in workplace education and training. His current research interests include the origins and development of workplace grievance and arbitration systems in Canada and the application and use of internet-based learning technologies in higher education.

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Deans of Professional Colleges

College of Dentistry

Dr. Anthony Iacopino (Dean)

Anthony IacopinoDr. Iacopino is an internationally known and respected scholar in the areas of periodontal-systemic connection, graduate dental education, dental curriculum reform, and the integration of research and scholarship into the dental curriculum. He has co-chaired a Gordon Conference on periodontal diseases, been an invited speaker at international consensus conferences for the National Institutes of Health, and served on several distinguished federal study sections and committees. He has also organized many national symposia on dental research and education issues for the American and International Associations for Dental Research and the American Dental Education Association.

Dr. Iacopino obtained a BA (Biological Sciences) from Rutgers College, a DMD (1986), and a Ph.D (1990 in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology), from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In addition, Dr. Iacopino has obtained certification in Prosthodontics (1990), TMJ/Craniomandibular Disorders (1990) and Geriatrics and Gerontology (1991).

 



Max Rady College of Medicine

 

Dr. Brian Postl Vice-Provost (Health Sciences) & Dean, Rady Faculty Health Sciences

Brian PostlDr. Postl is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He received his doctor of medicine degree in 1976 and the Royal College Fellowship in Community Medicine and in Pediatrics in 1981 and 1982, respectively. He was the founding president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), a position he held for 10 years.

Dr. Postl has served as head of Pediatrics and Child Health and as head of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has also served as director of the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit, a division of community and northern medicine, and as director of the Faculty of Medicine’s community medical residency program.

His research, published works and professional involvement focus on Aboriginal child health, circumpolar health and human resource planning. His contributions in these areas, combined with his experience as a visiting pediatrician to communities in northern Manitoba and Nunavut, contributed to him earning the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centre’s Child Health Award of Distinction in 2006 and the Inter-Professional Association on Native Employment’s Champion of Aboriginal Employment award in 2007.

 



College of Nursing

 

Dr. Netha Dyck (Dean)

Dr. Dyck is an alumna of the University of Manitoba where she received her Bachelor degree in Nursing in 1988.  She obtained her Master of Sciences in Administration with a concentration in Health Services from Central Michigan University; and her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Calgary.

Over her 40 year career, her leadership has spanned various areas of clinical practice, academic leadership and professional association leadership.  In her previous position as Dean of the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences at Saskatchewan Polytechnic (in Saskatoon) she spearheads the delivery of 34 programs; the development of 385 faculty and staff; the support of 4,000 students; and management of a 30-million dollar budget.

Dr. Dyck help develop Saskatchewan Polytechnic's first independent degree program, the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing.  Dr. Dyck has also established eight international partnerships for faculty and student exchanges in Mexico, Uganda, India, Ukraine, China, South Korea and Jamaica as well as supported partnerships in their advancement of research and scholarship in Saudi Arabia.  Her leadership has been recognized at the provincial, national, and international level with the presentation of several awards including the Ethel Johns Award from the Canadian Association of School of Nursing in 2016.

 



College of Pharmacy

 

Dr. Lalitha Raman-Wilms  (Dean)

Dr. Raman-Wilms is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, followed by a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1994.  She began her career in 1984 as a clinical and research pharmacist at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, implementing antibiotic guidelines for the hospital.  She went on to hold positions in Halifax, Thunder Bay and Toronto, working with diverse populations, with particular experience serving geriatric and Indigenous patients.  Previously Dr. Raman-Wilms served as the Associate Dean (Education), Associate Dean (Professional Programs), Director of the PharmD Program, and Director of the Division of Pharmacy Practice at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto.  Her achievements include developing and implementing the PharmD curriculum, leading the creation of Clinician Scientist positions for pharmacists, initiating a formal faculty development process, leading the process to update the faculty's teaching guidelines for promotion and tenure, and developing effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and establishing teaching innovation awards for faculty.

A former president of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), Dr. Raman-Wilms also has experience as a board member of the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP), Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Board (CHPRB) and as a member of the editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (CJHP).  Dr. Raman-Wilms' research interest include de-prescribing guidelines, the pharmacist's role in flu prevention and in chronic pain management.  She has produced more than 120 publications, including peer-reviewed abstracts and book chapters.  She is a sought-after speaker and has given presentations and invited lectures in Canada and internationally, including the United States, South Africa, Singapore, New Zealand, and India.

 



College of Rehabilitation Sciences

 

Dr. Reginald Urbanowski (Dean)

Prior to joining the University of Manitoba as Dean in June 2016 Dr. Urbanowski held a number of posts in post-secondary education which included being a Vice-President for Strategy and Business Development, program chair and faculty member.  Dr. Urbanowski also held senior posts with the Government of Saskatchewan in the Ministry of Advanced Education as an Assistant Deputy Minister and Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister.  He has served on boards of postsecondary on Indigenous learning, rural and remote learning, and workplace mental health.  Dr. Urbanowski has also adjudicated tri-council grant proposals, and has consulted and taught special courses in various EU countries.

Dr. Urbanowski's research interests focus on spirituality as meaningful living.  His plan is to continue his research in this area combined with a focus on social policy.  He has written and presented over 90 peer reviewed papers and chapters and even more and even more non-peer reviewed papers.  As a committed volunteer, Dr. Urbanowski's current commitments are as a UNOnline volunteer where he helps organizations develop strategic plans and project proposals and in working to become and active volunteer as a board member in Winnipeg.

 

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