Appointments and Renewals

Interim Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research) (14 November 2017 - 30 June 2018)

Dr Larena Hoeber, Acting Associate Vice-President (Academic & Research)


The Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and the Vice-President (Research) have recommended to President Timmons that Dr Larena Hoeber, Professor of Kinesiology and Health Studies, be appointed Interim Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research).

Dr Hoeber has accepted the interim appointment, which will run from 14 November 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Dr Hoeber earned her PhD in sport management from the University of British Columbia, and joined the faculty of the University of Regina in 2002. She teaches in the areas of sport management, sociology of sport, sport marketing, and qualitative research methods. Her research interests are in gender and sport, contemporary qualitative research methods, and innovation and change in amateur sport organizations. Her work has been published in top-tier journals including Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, and European Sport Management Quarterly, and outside her discipline in Online Information Review, Sex Roles, and Gender, Work and Organization. She has received over $580,000 in grant funding from external and internal granting agencies, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

From 2012 to 2016, Dr Hoeber chaired the U of R Research Ethics Board. She has also chaired the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies Strategic Planning Committee, and has served as a member of the U of R Strategic Planning Facilitation Team. She has served her scholarly community as the secretary, president-elect, president, past-president, and conference program chair for the North American Society for Sport Management.


Dean of Engineering and Applied Science (1 July 2018 - 30 June 2023)

Dr Esam Hussein


Following a thorough review conducted per University policy, the Provost has recommended to President Timmons that Dr Esam Hussein be offered a second term as Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, effective 1 July 2018 for a five-year period.

The President has accepted that recommendation, and Dr Hussein has accepted reappointment.

Dr Hussein joined the University of Regina as Dean and Professor of Engineering and Applied Science in 2013. A nuclear engineer, he holds degrees from Alexandria University in Egypt (BSc, MSc) and McMaster University (PhD). He came to the University of Regina from the University of New Brunswick, where he held a variety of roles including Associate Dean of Engineering, Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and faculty member on the Board of Governors. He also served successively as vice-president and president of the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers. He received an Innovation Achievement Award from the Canadian Nuclear Society and a Sylvia Fedoruk award for best paper in medical physics from the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine. His research has been funded by NSERC, the US Federal Aviation Administration, the New Brunswick Medical Research Fund, and the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, among others. His books have been published by Elsevier and Kluwer/Springer, and his articles have appeared in leading journals including IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Physics in Medicine and Biology, and numerous others. He is a registered professional engineer in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Ontario.

The Provost wishes to thank members of the Reappointment Committee for their detailed and thorough work. Updates on the review process remain available here.

Please join in congratulating Esam on his renewal as Dean, and in wishing him the very best for his new term beginning in 2018.


Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education (1 July 2017 - 20 June 2018)

Andrea Sterzuk

After consultation with the Faculty of Education and with the recommendation of the Education Search Advisory Committee, the Provost has recommended to President Timmons that Dr Andrea Sterzuk, Associate Professor, Language and Literacy Education, be appointed Acting Dean of Education for the period of a year effective 1 July 2017. Dr Sterzuk has accepted the appointment.

Dr Sterzuk holds a PhD in second-language education from McGill University and joined the University of Regina in 2007. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a public school teacher in rural Saskatchewan as well as in the Canadian arctic. She served as the Acting Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs in Education for fifteen months in 2015-2017. Nationally, she is the former vice-president and current president of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics.

Dr Sterzuk teaches in the areas of linguistic diversity in schools, second language pedagogy, and issues of power, identity, and language in education. Her current research projects include a mixed methods study of the development of language beliefs in teachers and a study of language policy and planning in higher education. She is the author of a book on the topic of English language variation and colonialism.

Dr Sterzuk enjoys gardening and learning languages. During the summer months, she can be found participating in cycling, running and swimming clubs, local triathlons and several road races.

Please join me in congratulating Andrea on this appointment.


Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration (1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018)

David Senkow

After consultation with the Faculty of Business Administration, the Provost has recommended to President Timmons that Dr David Senkow, Associate Dean, Academic, and Associate Professor, Accounting, be appointed Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration for the period of a year effective 1 July 2017.  Dr Senkow has accepted the appointment.

Dr Senkow holds a PhD in accounting from the University of Minnesota and joined the University of Regina in 1992. Since 2008 he has served the Hill and Levene Schools of Business as Associate Dean, Academic. During his time at the University of Regina he has contributed to numerous University and Faculty committees as well as with URFA.


Dr Senkow's research and teaching is in the area of accounting including management accounting and accounting theory. His research has looked at how accounting information and institutional structure affect economic activity.

Dr Senkow is a member of CPA Saskatchewan. During summer months he often can be found at drag racing tracks in Western Canada and the United States competing with his Super Gas racecar.

Please join me in congratulating David on this appointment.


Directeur  de La Cité universitaire francophone (1er juillet 2017 - 30 juin 2022)

Emmanuel Aito 2017

À la suite du recrutement à l’échelle nationale effectué conformément à la politique de l’Université, Dena McMartin (PhD), vice-rectrice associée (enseignement et recherche) a recommandé à la rectrice, Mme Timmons, que M. Emmanuel Aito (PhD) soit nommé directeur de La Cité universitaire francophone, à compter du 1er juillet 2017, pour un mandat de cinq ans. La rectrice a accepté cette recommandation et M. Aito a accepté la nomination offerte par Mme Timmons.

M. Aito est directeur intérimaire de La Cité universitaire francophone depuis août 2016. Il s’est joint au Département de français de l’Université de Regina en 1998. Il est titulaire d’une maîtrise (1992) et d’un doctorat (1999) de l’Université Dalhousie où il a étudié sous la direction de Rotislav Kocourek. Son enseignement et sa recherche portent principalement sur la linguistique française, en particulier le langage spécialisé et la terminologie. Dernièrement, ses recherches ont porté sur la glottopolitique (au carrefour du langage, de la réglementation et de la politique) ainsi que sur les dimensions interculturelles de la terminologie en adhérant à de nouvelles stratégies qui privilégient l’usage réel et la créativité lexicale. Il travaille actuellement sur le langage et la démocratisation du discours politique ainsi que sur la théorisation de la terminologie interculturelle dans une langue minoritaire nigériane.

Soulignons aussi qu’il a jeté l’ancre du programme de maîtrise au Département de français en élaborant de nouveaux cours, et en recrutant et encadrant avec succès plusieurs étudiants à la maîtrise jusqu’à l’obtention de leur diplôme. Au fil des années, certains sont devenus ses collègues à La Cité. Il poursuit ce recrutement pour le Programme de maîtrise en études francophones et interculturelles au Canada et à l’extérieur du pays.

En 2006, M. Aito devient directeur du Département de français et remplit deux mandats consécutifs de cinq ans, et simultanément, en 2013, est directeur intérimaire du Département des langues internationales. Sous sa direction, le Département de français a subi une refonte radicale et a entrepris une évaluation exhaustive de ses programmes. Ceci a abouti à l’adoption de nouveaux contenus de cours et à une orientation pédagogique fusionnant délibérément l’intérêt des étudiants pour la langue, la culture et la société, fait reflété dans le nouveau nom de Programme en études francophones et interculturelles. Cet effort a entraîné l’inclusion d’un large éventail de sujets relevant des sciences humaines et sociales tout en offrant des programmes qui sortent du cadre traditionnel des études en langues modernes.


M. Aito aime travailler en collaboration avec ses collègues et passer de bons moments en compagnie d’amis proches et de sa famille, en particulier avec ses petits-enfants.

Mme McMartin tient à remercier les membres du comité, Florent Bilodeau, Fadila Boutouchent, Mary-Jennifer Egbulé, Douglas Farenick, Ian Germani, Céline Magnon, Jérôme Melançon et Abdoulaye Yoh d’avoir pris part à ce processus de recrutement.  Elle voudrait  également remercier Nancy Kazeil des Ressources humaines et  Bryanna Butz du Bureau du provost.

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Director of La Cité universitaire francophone (1 July 2017 - 30 June 2022)


Following a national search conducted according to University policy, the Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research), Dr Dena McMartin, has recommended to President Timmons that Dr Emmanuel Aito be appointed as Director of La Cité universitaire francophone for a five-year term effective 1 July 2017. President Timmons has accepted the recommendation, and Dr Aito has accepted the University's offer of appointment.

Dr Aito has served since August 2016 as acting director of La Cité universitaire francophone. He joined the Department of French at the University of Regina in 1998. He received both his MA (1992) and his PhD (1999) from Dalhousie University, studying under the mentorship of Dr Rostislav Kocourek. His primary area of teaching and research is French linguistics, with a particular focus on specialized language and terminology. In the last few years, he has been developing a body of work in glottopolitics (the intersections of language, policy and politics) and the intercultural dimensions of terminology, while espousing new approaches that privilege actual usage and lexical creativity. He is currently working on language and democratization, political discourse as well as theorizing intercultural terminology in a Nigerian minority language.

He has been the anchor of the graduate program in the French Department, developing new courses and successfully recruiting and mentoring several MA students to graduation, some of whom have returned over the years to be colleagues at La Cité. He continues to recruit from far and near into the MA program in Études francophones et interculturelles.

In 2006, he assumed the headship of the French Department, and thereafter held two consecutive five-year terms, while concurrently serving in 2013 as interim Head of International Languages. Under his leadership, the Department of French underwent a sweeping review and embarked on a comprehensive evaluation of its programs. This exercise led to the adoption of new course contents and a pedagogical orientation that purposely merge students’ interests in language, culture and society, a fact reflected in the new name of the Program in Études francophones et interculturelles. This effort has resulted in the embrace of a wide gamut of interests in the Humanities and Social Sciences, while serving up programs that escape the traditional confines of modern language studies.

Dr Aito relishes working collaboratively with colleagues, and spending time with close friends, family, especially with his grandchildren.

Dr McMartin wishes to thank the members of the Search Advisory Committee for their participation in this search process: Florent Bilodeau, Fadila Boutouchent, Mary-Jennifer Egbulé, Douglas Farenick, Ian Germani, Céline Magnon, Jérôme Melançon, and Abdoulaye Yoh. Thanks are also due to Nancy Kazeil of Human Resources, and Bryanna Butz of the Provost's Office.


Dean of the Faculty of Science (1 July 2017 - 30 June 2022)

Dr Douglas Farenick
Following a national search conducted according to University policy, the Provost has recommended to President Timmons that Dr Douglas Farenick be appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Science for a five-year term effective 1 July 2017. President Timmons has accepted the recommendation, and Dr Farenick has accepted the University's offer of appointment.

Dr Farenick received his PhD from the University of Toronto and held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Université de Montréal before coming to the University of Regina in 1992. His research in pure mathematics (in particular, operator algebra theory, functional analysis, linear algebra, and applications to quantum information theory) has been supported by NSERC since 1993, and to date he has authored or co-authored 48 peer-reviewed journal articles and two books, the most recent of which was published by Springer (New York) in November 2016. Dr Farenick has also supervised or co-supervised six PhD candidates to completion, as well as four postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad. He currently supervises two PhD candidates and one externally funded postdoctoral fellow. Dr Farenick also has extensive experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.

Dr Farenick’s extracurricular interests include swimming, cycling, and running. He competes in masters-level swim meets and half-ironman triathlons, and he has completed two marathons in the last five years.

An alumnus of the University of Regina, Dr Farenick graduated in 1984 with a BSc degree in mathematics and computer science. From 2000 to 2002 he served the Faculty of Science as Assistant Dean (Research), and was Acting Associate Dean (Research) during the 2009-10 academic year. Dr Farenick was Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from 2012 to 2016, and he has served as Acting Dean of Science since July 2016.

The Provost wishes to thank the members of the Search Advisory Committee for their participation in this search process: Lee Aument, Kathryn Bethune, Mark Brigham, Kelsey Briens, Tanya Dahms, Remus Floricel, Garth Huber, Esam Hussein, Daniel Krumer, and Yiyu Yao. Thanks are also due to Nancy Kazeil of Human Resources and Bryanna Butz of the Provost's Office, both of whom provided superb support throughout the search process.