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Appointments and Renewals


 Director La Cité (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2027)



Following a review conducted according to the provisions of University policy on out-of-scope academic administrative appointments, Dr. Emmanuel Aito has been appointed to a second five-year term as Director, La Cité effective July 1, 2022.

Dr Emmanuel Aito was appointed acting director of La Cité universitaire francophone in August 2016. In 2017, he began his current 5-year term as Director of La Cité, following a national search. He describes La Cité as “l’imaginaire collectif that has thrust the U of R into the orbit of the Francophonie, both in Canada and abroad”. Before his current leadership position, from 2006 until 2016 he had served two consecutive 5-year terms as Head of the Department of French, which was part of the Faculty of Arts until 2015. Along the way, he had also concurrently served as the interim Department Head of International Languages in 2013.

Dr Aito came to the University of Regina in 1998. He earned both his MA (1992) and PhD (1999) from Dalhousie University, Halifax. His primary area of teaching and research is French linguistics, with a particular focus on specialized language and terminology. In the past few years, he has developed a body of work in glottopolitics, theorizing the intercultural dimensions of terminology, while also demonstrating the lexical creativity in minority languages. Dr Aito continues to be interested in the intersections of language and democratization. Despite his current busy administrative assignment, he has continued to supervise the work of several MA and PhD students as well as to lead the growth of the graduate program at La Cité.

 Dr. Aito also spearheaded the diversification of La Cité’s academic programming.These efforts resulted in the embrace of wide-ranging interests in the Humanities and Social Sciences that go beyond the traditional confines of modern language studies. Dr Aito has thus successfully recruited and mentored several graduate students into these programs, some of whom have returned over the years to be colleagues at La Cité. He continues to pursue student recruitment from far and near.

Given La Cité’s specific province-wide mandate as the hub of French-Language university-level academic opportunities, Dr Aito has built productive partnerships within our University and in the Fransaskois community. He maintains critical relationships with the leadership and members of the ACUFC, the umbrella organization that supports Francophone institutions outside of Québec. Dr Aito has also developed collaborative relationships with the provincial and federal departments responsible for funding a significant portion of La Cité’s diverse operations. He is also proud of the dedication of his entire team at La Cité.

In his personal life, Dr Aito relishes his close friendships and adores his close-knit family, including his several grandchildren. He is also gratified to witness the personal and professional successes of the students he has recruited and mentored over the years.

The Associate Vice-President (Academic), Dr. Nilgün Önder, would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Reappointment Committee for their collegial work. They are Michael Akinpelu, Michael Poplyansky, Sylvain Rheault, Alpha Barry, Marie-France Girardin, Denis Simard, Kevin Piel, Rebecca Alao. The Committee was supported in its work by Yvonne Gray of the AVPA's Office.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Aito on this reappointment.

Dean of Science (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2027)


Following a review conducted according to the provisions of University policy on out-of-scope academic administrative appointments, Dr. Douglas Farenick has been appointed to a second five-year term as Dean, Faculty of Science effective July 1, 2022.

Douglas Farenick received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1990 and he held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Le centre de recherches mathématiques, Université de Montréal, before starting a tenure-track position at the University of Regina. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2002. Over the course of his career at the University of Regina, Dr. Farenick has served as Associate Dean (Research) of Science, Head of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Science. His professional leadership roles have included Vice President (West) of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) and Chair of the Finance Committee of the CMS. Dr. Farenick is currently President of the Canadian Council of Deans of Science, serves on the Board of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, and represents the University of Regina on the TRIUMF Members Council.

Dr. Farenick’s mathematical expertise is in the areas of operator algebra theory, operators on Hilbert space, noncommutative convexity, quantum information theory, and the theory of operator systems. He has published two books (Springer) and more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles. Dr. Farenick has enjoyed continuous support from the NSERC Discovery Grant program throughout the entirety of his career. He has taught mathematics at all undergraduate and graduate levels, and ranks the teaching of a three-week intensive graduate course at the African Institute for Mathematical Science in Kigali, Rwanda, as a high point in his teaching career. He continues to be inspired by the students and colleagues he works with locally and abroad.

Dr. Farenick is an alumnus of the University of Regina, where he studied mathematics and computer science as an undergraduate student. In his spare time he enjoys swimming and cycling. 

The Interim Provost would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Reappointment Committee for their collegial work. They are Martin Argerami, Lee Aument, Shannon Dea, Garth Huber, Trent Kostelny, Peter Leavitt, Shanelle Puffalt, Renata Raina, Leslie Robbins, Karin Rustad, and Sandra Zilles. The Committee was supported in its work by Yvonne Gray of the Provost's Office.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Farenick on this reappointment.

Dean of Nursing (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2026)

C Pollard 2021

Following a national search conducted according to the provisions of University policy on out-of-scope academic appointments, Dr. Cheryl Pollard, has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Nursing. The five-year appointment is effective July 1, 2021.

Dr. Cheryl Pollard is currently Associate Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at MacEwan University. Prior to joining MacEwan she managed specialized interdisciplinary teams within the Home Living, Supportive Living, and Rehabilitative Health service sectors. In recognition of her ability to create and lead high performing teams, Dr. Pollard was honored as a 3M Quality Team Award winner.

After completing her psychiatric nursing, Cheryl went on to graduate from the University of Alberta, where she received a PhD in nursing. Her doctoral work focused on the application of relational ethics. Dr. Pollard continues to be an active scholar and collaborative researcher committed to the promotion of mental health and resilience among people who personally live with mental illness and their caregivers. This research has been supported by multiple funders including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Alberta Health.

Dr. Pollard is widely known for her commitment to teaching excellence. She has received international recognition from the National League of Nursing for her enduring and substantial contributions to nursing education, made a Fellow into the Academy of Nursing Education, and received the Alberta Nursing Education Administrators Award for Leadership in Psychiatric Nursing Education. Additionally, Dr. Pollard was an inaugural Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow and is now a mentor to colleagues as they develop their own scholarly expertise in the area of teaching and learning. She is also a recipient of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award from the Alberta Colleges & Institutes Association which recognizes creativity and innovation within the scholarship of teaching and learning community.

Being born and raised in Alberta, by a Metis father and a non-indigenous mother, Cheryl was taught that it is our responsibility to connect and contribute to making our circle and our world better. Thus Dr. Pollard is a committed community volunteer, she 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 its devastating effects on the family unit. Cheryl is a collaborative and consultative leader – an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion. Her commitment to these values has led her to invest time and energy into supporting the work of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and working with other Alberta nursing leaders to establish an independent Alberta nursing association.

I thank members of the Search Advisory Committee for their commitment to a thorough national search for the new Dean. In alphabetical order I acknowledge Terri Belcourt, Elizabeth Domm, Delasi Essien, Melanie Goodwin, Billy Heaman, Michell Jesse, Elise Matthews, Harold Riemer, Dominque Rislund, Chad Thomas, and Sarina Wowchuk. Thanks are also accorded to Nancy Kazeil of Human Resources and Bryanna Butz of the Provost's Office, both of whom contributed substantially to the success of this search.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Pollard on this appointment.

Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Engagement) (June 1, 2021)

L Campbell 2021

Following a national search according to the provisions of University policy on out-of-scope senior appointments, Interim Provost Gregory has recommended to Interim President Chase that Ms. Lori Campbell be appointed the inaugural position of Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Engagement). Ms. Campbell has accepted the appointment, which begins June 1, 2021.

Ms. Campbell is 2-Spirit nēhiýaw āpihtāwikosisān and is a band member of Montreal Lake First Nation, Treaty 6 territory. She is an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School system and a child from the Sixties Scoop generation. Ms. Campbell has made it her career advocating for social justice and working towards a more equitable society for all.

Ms. Campbell was the University of Waterloo’s first Senior Director of Indigenous Initiatives, and in that capacity played a crucial role in the University’s earliest Indigenization planning. She currently holds the position of Director, Shatitsirótha’ Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, program developer and Adjunct Lecturer in the Indigenous Studies academic program at St. Paul’s University College, University of Waterloo.

With over 13 years of progressive leadership in student services, academics, research and administration, Ms. Campbell is an experienced leader in education with a proven track record particularly in building community and advancing processes of Indigenization, reconciliation, and decolonization. Her areas of research and teaching expertise include Indigenous feminisms, Indigenous research methodologies, social justice, and Indigenous women’s leadership. Ms. Campbell holds two undergraduate degrees (Indigenous Studies and Psychology), a master’s degree in Adult Education and is working towards a PhD in Social Justice Education.

Ms. Campbell is a sought-after public speaker, educator, and media expert. She is the recipient of a wide range of academic and community honours including the Ontario Women’s directorate’s Leading Women Building Communities Award, University of Waterloo’s Equity and Inclusivity Award, UNESCO Global Action Program Award for Regional Centre of Expertise on Education and Sustainable Development and the 2021 national Women of Inspiration Award.

I thank members of the Search Advisory Committee for their commitment and advice throughout this search process. In alphabetical order, I acknowledge Dustin Brass, Michelle Coupal, Sherry Farrell-Racette, Merelda Fiddler-Potter, Misty Longman, Geordy McCaffrey, Jérôme Melançon, Dennis Omeasoo, Cathy Rocke, Pheonix Sparvier, and Jason Wong. I would also like to thank Geordy McCaffrey for all of his work on this Committee prior to his withdrawal. Thanks are also accorded to Nancy Kazeil of Human Resources and Bryanna Butz of the Provost's Office, both of whom contributed substantially to the success of this search.

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Campbell on this appointment.

Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (1 January 2021 - 31 December 2026)


I am pleased to announce Dr. Aziz Douai will be joining the University of Regina as the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research on January 1, 2021.

Dr. Aziz Douai is passionate about graduate education and student success. In his recent role as Associate Dean at the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Ontario Tech University, Dr. Douai has helped shape the graduate student experience through revamping the graduate professional skills program, expanding the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, overseeing student awards and scholarships, and launching several engagement initiatives. As a graduate Faculty supervisor and educator, Dr. Douai advocates for a holistic approach to graduate education and believes in empowering graduate students.

Dr. Douai holds a PhD in Mass Communications from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s of Science in Advertising from Boston University, and has lectured on global communication issues in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. A recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, SSHRC and international competitive research grants, he highly appreciates the importance of research funding to graduate student success.

Dr. Douai maintains an active research agenda focused on disruptive communication technologies, international communication and conflict, with a special interest in the MENA media and politics. He is the author and co-editor of three books, including recently released Arab media and the politics of terrorism: Unbecoming news. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. 

Dr. Douai is a Founding Member of the Center on Hate, Bias and Extremism, a Senior Research Affiliate at the Canadian Research Network for Terrorism, Security & Society, and a member of the Digital Life Institute. He served as grant reviewer and Chair of the Multi-disciplinary Committee-Social Sciences at the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) between 2017-2020. 

I'd like to also take this opportunity to thank the search committee members - Dr Raymond Blake, Kishore Bommavaram, Janine Brown, Dr Tanya Dahms, Dr Hussameldin Ibrahim, Dr Tarun Katapally, Dr Gordon Pennycook, Dr Cathy Rocke, Dr Twyla Salm, Darlene Sorensen, Brett Waytuck.

I also want to say a special thank you to Nancy Kazeil and Karen Walker who supported the committee throughout the search.

University Librarian (1 July 2021 -  30 June 2026)

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Following a review conducted according to the provisions of University policy on out-of-scope academic administrative appointments, Mr Brett Waytuck has been appointed to a second five-year term as University Librarian effective 1 July 2021. 

Since being named University Librarian on 1 July 2016, Brett Waytuck has taken a leading role in establishing the strategic and operational directions of the Dr John Archer Library and Archives, and supporting the network of academic libraries across Canada, and in Western Canada in particular. 

Prior to joining the University of Regina, Brett Waytuck worked in public, special, government, and academic libraries in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Most recently he was Provincial Librarian, working with the public library systems of Saskatchewan to support and extend services across the province. He received his Bachelor of Music degree (Music History and Literature/Piano) from the University of Calgary, and his Master of Library Science degree from the University of Toronto. 

Some notable accomplishments at the Dr John Archer Library and Archives achieved during Brett Waytuck’s term as University Librarian have included: the Textbooks for All initiative established in partnership with URSU; partnering with the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance to sponsor the Michele Sereda Artist in Residence; launching the Personal Librarian Program; expanding access to electronic resources to U of R Alumni; creating a year-long celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Library and Archives; expanding organizational and financial investments in open educational resources; opening the Archway Gallery and the Archer Alcove; supporting students through extended hours during exam times; and bringing the significant Mary Filer collection to the University Archives. 

Throughout his career, Brett Waytuck has been active in a variety of provincial, regional, and national associations and advisory bodies including the Provincial and Territorial Public Library Council (Chair), the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies Advisory Committee (Council of Ministers of Education Canada), the Multitype Library Board, the Consortium of Academic and Special Libraries of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (Chair, Strengthening Capacity Committee), and the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (Vice Chair). 

The Provost would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Reappointment Committee for their collegial work on the renewal process. They are Mary Chipanshi, Brad Doerksen, Alex King, Jamie Kraushaar, Colleen Murphy, Barbara Nelke, Dean Rae Staseson, and Robert Thomas. 

Please join us in congratulating Brett on his appointment to a second term. 

Acting Associate Vice-President (International) and Chief International Officer
(1 May 2020 - 30 April 2022)

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Photo credit: Haris Khan

With the secondment of Ms Livia Castellanos to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Haroon Chaudhry, Director of Global Education Services at UR International, has been appointed Acting Associate Vice-President (International) and Chief International Officer effective 1 May 2020.

An alumnus both of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the City University of New York and of the University of Regina, Mr Chaudhry holds a BA as well as a master's degree in public administration. His relationship with the University of Regina spans thirteen years, from graduate studies to his current URI role.

Mr Chaudhry's strategic vision of sustainable, student-focused internationalization at the University of Regina comes from two decades of experience in higher education in Canada and the United States, including the New York City government and the City University of New York. Throughout his student and professional life, Mr Chaudhry has been dedicated to ensuring positive academic and personal post-secondary experiences.

His commitment to international education and student retention has earned him numerous awards and accolades. Under his leadership, UR International will continue to thrive.

Please join me in congratulating Haroon on this appointment.


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

david Gregory

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.