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Dr. Cheryl Pollard appointed as U of R’s new Dean of Nursing

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: March 22, 2021 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Cheryl Pollard begins her new role as Dean of Nursing on July 1, 2021.
Dr. Cheryl Pollard begins her new role as Dean of Nursing on July 1, 2021. Photo provided by Dr. Cheryl Pollard

The University of Regina is pleased to welcome Dr. Cheryl Pollard as the new Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, beginning July 1, 2021. Dr. Pollard is an active scholar and collaborative researcher committed to the promotion of mental health and resilience among people living with mental illness and their caregivers. She is currently Associate Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at MacEwan University.
 
In her new position, Pollard is looking forward to getting involved in the campus community and building on the successes of former Dean of Nursing Dr. david Gregory and current Interim Dean of Nursing, Dr. Robin Evans.
 
“As I become a part of the University of Regina, it is important to me that we start from a place of good relations. One that embraces good intentions as we move forward. I really see myself leading the faculty using an approach that recognizes and builds on past successes while leveraging current and future opportunities,” says Pollard. “I’m also looking forward to getting involved with the community, and meeting people around the university.”
 
With Pollard’s experience in the Faculty of Nursing at MacEwan University, she is familiar with the challenges that faculties of nursing, instructors, and students have faced over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, she also views it as an opportunity to learn lessons, reassess how things are currently being done, and pivot to new methods of teaching and learning that reflect the current circumstances in universities, in health care, and the emerging needs of our communities.
 
“The past year has taught us that we need to continually evaluate and determine what needs to be taught in person and where we can use alternative delivery methods. For example, by becoming more familiar with the virtual products, it’s opening doors to look at how we would like to continue educating nurses.” “By working closely with faculty, we can identify core learning outcomes and alternative teaching strategies, but in ways that we may not have taught them five years ago,” says Pollard.
 
As a Métis woman, Pollard was drawn to the University of Regina’s commitment to honouring our Indigenous community. 
 
“It was obvious to me that it was more than just words, and that they are authentically engaged with Indigenous knowledges and practices,” says Pollard. “I believe that we are linked generationally – I want to make a difference and help our communities so that we can position our future leaders and citizens in a way that is strong, I am drawn to work in the community that develops resilience and hardiness in individuals.”
 
Outside of work, Pollard is a committed community volunteer, and serves as a Director and Board Chair of a non-profit organization that provides services to clients experiencing, abuse and other forms of domestic violence, and the devastating effect it can have on children, elders, and families as a whole.
 
Interim Provost Dr. david Gregory believes Dr. Pollard’s diverse work experience, paired with her commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, make her a perfect fit for both the University of Regina and the Faculty of Nursing.
 
“Right now, we are experiencing a time where nurses, and all healthcare workers, are more important than ever,” says Dr. Gregory. “Dr. Pollard’s expertise, dedication to her community, and desire to develop our future leaders make her a strong candidate to lead our Faculty of Nursing and our next generation of nurses.” 
 
Pollard and her family are excited to make the move from Edmonton to Regina later this summer. They have decided to “lean in” to being Saskatchewan Roughriders fans and have already purchased their season tickets!

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