Dr. Shannon Dea appointed Dean of the University of Regina Faculty of Arts (1 Sept 2020 - 30 June 2025)

Following a national search conducted according to the provisions of University policy on out-of-scope academic appointments, Dr. Shannon Dea, currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, has been appointed Dean of Arts and Professor of Philosophy. The appointment is effective 1 September 2020.

A former Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Dea has also served as both Undergraduate and Graduate Associate Chair of Philosophy, as a two-time faculty Senator and a two-time member of the Board of Governors, as well as on multiple department, faculty, university, and extra-university committees and working groups. She is currently the Vice-President of the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Philosophical Association.

Dr. Dea earned her BA in Philosophy and Russian Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo, her MA in Philosophy from Queen’s University, and her PhD in Philosophy from Western University. She researches and teaches about academic freedom, harm reduction, sex and gender, LGBTQ issues, pedagogy, equity, and the history of philosophy.

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She is the author of Beyond the Binary: Thinking About Sex and Gender, and of numerous articles and book chapters. The author of a monthly University Affairs column called 'Dispatches on Academic Freedom', Dr. Dea is also the principal investigator on a SSHRC-funded project that seeks to develop better academic freedom protections for precarious and minoritized scholars. Dr. Dea regularly engages with the public and the media on topics ranging from freedom of expression to social justice issues, and has worked closely with community agencies aimed at supporting some of society’s most vulnerable members. She is a recipient of the Ontario Women’s Directorate’s Leading Women Building Communities Award and of University of Waterloo’s Distinguished Teacher Award.

Thanks are due to members of the Search Advisory Committee, including Mr. Alfred Adenuga, Ms. Rose-Marie Bouvier, Dr. Michelle Coupal, Dr. Monika Çule, Dr. Marcel DeCoste, Dr. Douglas Farenick, D.r Bob Kayseas, Dr. Michelle Stewart, and Dr. Kristi Wright. The Committee was supported in its work by Ms. Nancy Kazeil of Human Resources and Ms. Yvonne Gray of the Provost's Office.

(Reposted from University of Regina Executive Offices' Renewals/Appointments website)

9 April 2020