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 Sciences

Dr. Karin Wittenberg (Dean)

Karin WittenbergDr. Karin Wittenberg has a doctorate in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Manitoba. Her work as a university academic and professional agrologist reflects the continuing need to address key issues facing animal agriculture. Most recently, she provided a keynote address entitled “Moving toward Prairie Agriculture 2050”(see http://www.ncle.ca/) at the 10th annual Alberta Institute of Agrologists, based on a green paper that considered adaptation and resiliency of Western Canadian food production in light of a changing climate.  An initiative led by Dr. Wittenberg has resulted in the recent establishment of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment (NCLE) at the University of Manitoba. Completed in 2007, NCLE plays a major role in training and research related to the complex economic, social and environmental issues facing animal agriculture. Undergraduate and graduate students training in this program are highly sought by employers as a result of their field experience and ability to work on large, multi-disciplinary teams. The Centre’s mission is to further the economic and environmental sustainability of integrated livestock and crop production.

Wittenberg also led the concept development, fundraising and construction for the recently opened Bruce D Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Center which features interactive displays and programming to explain the role of science in making food. To date, more than 17,000 visitors have participated in activities that help them understand current food production in Canada (see http://umanitoba.ca/afs/discoverycentre/).


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 (Acting Dean)

Dr. Gady Jacoby has been the Associate Dean, Research and Professor in Accounting and Finance.  Her first joined the University of Manitoba in 1998 to 2010, from 2010 to 2013 he relocated to the Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University in New York, an in 2013 he returned to the University of Manitoba to take up the position of Professor and Chair, Bryce Douglas Professorship in Finance.

Dr. Jacoby spearheaded the development of a new Finance Ph.D. program which continues to thrive today.  Recently Dr. Jacoby was fundamental in spearheading the creation of a new Master of Finance program which was recently approved and will accept its first cohort of students this fall (2017).  Since 2015, Dr. Jacoby has served in the role of Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Research Programs where he has been working to raise the profile of Asper's graduate education and research orientation.  Dr. Jacoby has implemented many new strategies to support this aspiration, such as graduate student placement, attracting and training to graduate students from diverse backgrounds, mentoring junior faculty and working with the faculty as a whole to improve their research productivity.

 


 

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. Edmund Dawe (Dean) 

Edmund DaweAn accomplished pianist and educator, Newfoundland-born Dr. Edmund Dawe is highly regarded as a soloist, collaborative artist, educator, adjudicator, lecturer, and administrator.

Prior to joining the Faculty in 2007 as Dean, Edmund was a professor of piano and also served as Head of Mount Allison University’s Department of Music in New Brunswick. Having performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, France, Hong Kong, and Korea, Edmund also brings to the Faculty his expertise and ongoing research in piano pedagogy and performance.

 

 

 


 

Faculty of Science

Dr. Stefi Baum (Dean)  

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. Jim Mulvale (Dean)

Jim MulvaleDr. Jim Mulvale was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Social Work in July 2013.  Prior to coming to the University of Manitoba, Jim was a faculty member, Department Head, and Associate Dean at the University of Regina over a fourteen year period in Arts (Justice Studies) and Social Work.  As a social work practitioner earlier in his career, he worked in community development roles in the fields of developmental disability and mental health in southwestern Ontario. 

Dr. Mulvale’s research is focused on basic or guaranteed income, social work theory, and economic development in Aboriginal communities.  He is Vice-Chair of the Basic Income Canada Network, a member of the Social Policy Interest Group of the Canadian Association of Social Workers, and Secretary of the Canadian Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work.  His publications include Reimagining Social Welfare and Possibilities and Prospects: The Debate Over a Guaranteed Income

 

 

 

 


 

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. Beverly O'Connell (Dean)

Beverly O'ConnellProfessor Beverly O’Connell has more than 20 years’ experience teaching and researching in the areas of falls prevention, care of the older person, continence care, risk management and carer needs. Previously, she held the positions of: Inaugural Chair in Nursing at Deakin – Southern Health Nursing Research Centre; Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Health at Deakin, Associate Head (Research) with Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery; Director of the Quality and Risk Management in Clinical and Aged Care research cluster; Chair in Nursing at Cabrini Health and Deakin University; Nursing Research Director at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital; and Director, Centre for Nursing Research and Development at Curtin University.

She has extensive experience as chief investigator of multidisciplinary research projects, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

 

 

 


 

 

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 (Educatio), 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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