Appointments and Renewals

Director, Centre for Continuing Education (17 August 2020 - 30 June 2025)

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Following a national search, the Provost has recommended to President Timmons that Ms Christie Schultz be appointed Director of the Centre for Continuing Education. Ms Schultz has accepted the appointment, which begins on 17 August 2020 and concludes on 30 June 2025.

Since 2014, Ms Schultz has served as the Assistant Dean (Academic) at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Extension. In this role, she has led the Faculty's continuing education (CE) portfolio as well as its Learning Engagement Office (LEO), a team of eLearning specialists and instructional designers who share her commitment to high-quality, accessible, innovative, and learner-centered education.

Having joined the University of Alberta's Faculty of Extension in 2008, first as an instructional designer and then, from 2009, as executive director of LEO, Ms Schultz has spent the past decade building experience and expertise as a leader in continuing education. Actively involved in the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE), she currently serves on the national executive as the representative for Western Canada.

Before coming to the field of continuing education, Ms Schultz worked in the world of web communications and strategy. She holds an MA in English as well as an MBA in public policy and management, and is nearing the completion of a PhD in educational policy studies from the University of Alberta. Her scholarly interests include experiences and practices of leadership in higher education, care ethics in leadership, and qualitative research methodologies, especially narrative inquiry.

Thanks are due to members of the Search Advisory Committee, including Ms Janet Cranston, Assistant Director of CCE; Ms Amber Fitz-Gerald, Central Business Services, CCE; Ms Willadell Garreck, Head, Flexible Learning Division, CCE; Dr Gina Grandy, Dean of Business Administration; Ms Deborah Hulston, faculty member in English as a Second Language program, CCE; Ms Karen Merz, Manager, Non-Credit Career and Professional Development, CCE; Ms Georgia Morgan, Administrative Assistant to the Director, CCE; and Mr Lamont Stradeski, Interim Associate Vice-President (Finance). The Committee was supported in its work by Nancy Kazeil, Human Resources, and Yvonne Gray, Provost's Office.

Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic) (1 April 2020 - 30 June 2022)

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The Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr david Gregory, Professor and Dean of Nursing, as Interim Provost for the period 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2022. In that role he joins the University Executive Team and becomes Chair of Deans' Council.

Dr Gregory joined the University of Regina in 2011 as the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Nursing. A graduate of the University of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba, he holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Arizona. He was accorded the title Dean Emeritus from the University of Manitoba, and holds an honorary diploma from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic).

Dr Gregory is the lead editor on a nursing textbook (2nd edition 2020), Fundamentals: Perspectives on the Art and Science of Canadian Nursing. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the only RN in the province to hold this honour. Dr Gregory's scholarly interests include qualitative research methodologies, the experiences of men in nursing, Indigenous health and education, and topics related to medical anthropology.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Gregory on this appointment.

Interim Dean of Nursing (1 April 2020 - 30 June 2021)


Following consultation with faculty and staff in the Faculty of Nursing, Dr Robin Evans has been appointed as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Nursing effective 1 April 2020. She follows Dean david Gregory, who will assume the role of Interim Provost.

Dr Evans has been with the University of Regina in the role of Associate Dean (Undergraduate) of the Faculty of Nursing since January 2012. As Associate Dean, she has been responsible for development of policy and oversight of the undergraduate programs (in collaboration with Saskatchewan Polytechnic) which have grown to include the After-Degree Nursing Program, the bilingual option, and upper-year admissions, in addition to the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program, which currently enrols nearly 1,300 students and plays a critical role in the provision of high-quality healthcare to Saskatchewan residents.

Prior to assuming her Associate Deanship at the University of Regina, Dr Evans spent ten years in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. She received her PhD from the University of Regina with dissertation research centering on nurses' practice with adolescent mothers.

Dr Evans' current research includes the nature of nursing practice, the experiences of expecting and new mothers, and promoting the success of students in a clinical setting. She is a co-editor of the textbook Canadian Maternity, Newborn and Women's Health Nursing (2nd edition, 2014).

Please join us in congratulating Dr Evans on this appointment, which concludes on 30 June 2021.

A national search for the next full-term Dean of Nursing will be launched later this year.

Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Student Analytics) (15 November 2019 - 30 June 2024)

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The Provost and Vice-President (Academic) has recommended to President Timmons that Dr Feiziya (Fay) Patel be appointed Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Student Analytics). Dr Patel has accepted the appointment, which will commence on 15 November 2019. This new position replaces the former position of Associate Vice-President (Resource Planning). Dr Patel has three decades of experience in teaching, research, and educational development, and broad international experience at universities in Australia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, and South Africa. A graduate of the University of Durban (BA, BEd, Higher Diploma), Stellenbosch University (MA), and Bowling Green State University (MEd and PhD), Dr Patel has worked as lecturer, researcher, and senior administrator in the areas of quality assurance, course design, and technology-enhanced teaching and learning.

Currently based in New South Wales, Dr Patel has spent the last five years as an international higher education consultant. She is recognized as a specialist in curriculum design and implementation, quality assurance of learning and teaching development, professional development for academic and professional staff, and design and implementation of peer reviews of teaching. She has published widely on online learning, leadership in teaching and learning, ethical considerations in pedagogy, glocalization, and a range of other topics.

In her role as Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Student Analytics), Dr Patel will promote student success through strong executive-level support of the Centre for Teaching and Learning as well as the Office of Institutional Research. She will join Deans' Council and the University Leadership Team, where she will champion teaching and learning and support faculty members in the pursuit of teaching excellence. Further aspects of the AVP(TSA) role are outlined here.

Thanks are due to members of the Search Advisory Committee, including Mr Keith Fortowsky, Director of Institutional Research, Office of Resource Planning; Dr David Gerhard, Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science; Dr Rick Kleer (Professor of Economics and Dean of Arts); Ms Colleen Murphy, Associate University Librarian (Teaching, Learning, and Research); Dr Kelvin Ng, Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering; Ms Glenys Sylvestre, Executive Director, University Governance and University Secretary; Dr Julia Totosy de Zepetnek, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and Dr Judy White, Dean of Social Work. The Committee was supported in its work by Nancy Kazeil of Human Resources and Kristina Eckel of the Provost's Office.

Dean of Social Work (1 January 2020 - 30 June 2025)

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The Provost and Vice-President (Academic) has recommended to President Timmons that Dr Cathy Rocke, currently Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, be appointed Dean of Social Work.

Dr Rocke has accepted the appointment, which will commence on 1 January 2020, immediately following the retirement of Dean Judy White.

Dr Rocke completed her doctoral degree at the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba. Her doctoral research focused on the efficacy of organizational cultural awareness workshops. Her current research program is focused on addressing and evaluating how we reconcile the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, both on campus and in the community through intergroup dialogue.

Prior to her academic career, Dr Rocke gained wide experience in both the education and social work fields. Her work experience includes developing postsecondary educational programs for Indigenous communities, diversity training for child welfare professionals, quality assurance for child welfare agencies, counseling women who were victims of domestic violence, and child protection.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Rocke on her appointment as Dean. A celebration of Dean White's many contributions to the Faculty of Social Work and the University as a whole will take place nearer her retirement.

Thanks are also due to the members of the Search Advisory Committee for their commitment to a thorough national search for the new Dean. In alphabetical order, these people are Mr Jonathan Calfat, Dr Darlene Chalmers, Ms Christine Freethy, Dr Donalda Halabuza, Dr Daniel Kikulwe, Dr Lise Milne, Ms Latoya Reid, Dr Raven Sinclair, Ms Karen Wasylenka, and Ms Angela Yung. The Committee was supported in its work by Nancy Kazeil of Human Resources and Bryanna Butz of the Provost's Office.

Dean of Kinesiology and Health Studies (1 July 2020 - 30 June 2025)

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Following a review conducted according to the provisions of University policy on out-of-scope academic administrative appointments, Dr Harold Riemer has been appointed to a second five-year term as Dean of Kinesiology and Health Studies effective 1 July 2020.

Originally from Edmonton, Dr Riemer is an alumnus of the University of Alberta and Eastern Washington University. He earned his PhD from the Ohio State University in 1995. He spent time as a faculty member at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and the University of Texas (Austin) prior to accepting a faculty position at the University of Regina in 1999.

His research and teaching interests concern leadership and group dynamics in athletic/coaching contexts as well as the development of instruments to measure related constructs.

Harold very much enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate students and has supervised, co-supervised, or been a committee member for four PhD and sixteen master's students. He has worked locally, nationally, and internationally with sport governing bodies in an advisory capacity and currently sits on the Board of Active Saskatchewan.

Prior to his current appointment as Dean, Harold served the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies as Graduate Coordinator (2002-2005), Director of the Survey Research Unit (2005-2013), Associate Dean (2005 - 2013), and Acting Dean (2013-2015).

Harold is married and has three adult children. He has a passion for mornings, walking, and bread making (and eating). He very much enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, boating, fishing and hunting.

The Provost would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Reappointment Committee for their collegial work. They are Sarah Butchart, Doug Cripps, Barclay Dahlstrom, Sena Debia, Rebecca Genoe, Todd Johnson, Brenda Rossow-Kimball, Bevin Thompson, and Erin Tyson. The Committee was supported in its work by Kristina Untereiner of the Provost's Office.

Please join us in congratulating Harold on his appointment to a second term as Dean.