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Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Update 5

30 November 2020

 

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, Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts

            Kishore Bommavaram URGSA President

            Janine Brown, Associate Dean Faculty Affairs, Faculty of Nursing

            Dr. Tanya Dahms, Professor, Faculty of Science

            Dr. Hussameldin Ibrahim, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering

            Dr. Tarun Katapally, Associate Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

            Dr. Gordon Pennycook, Assistant Professor, Business Administration

            Dr. Cathy Rocke, Dean, Faculty of Social Work

            Dr. Twyla Salm, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Programs, Faculty of Education

            Darlene Sorensen, Manager, Graduate Scholarships & Awards, FGSR

            Brett Waytuck, University Librarian

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

Kind regards,

Kathy McNutt
Vice-President (Research)

 

Update 4


17 November 2020

 

Thank you to the many members of the campus community who responded to the call for input on the three candidates for the position of Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Your input has been anonymized, collated, and distributed in confidence to members of the Search Advisory Committee.  The Committee meets this week to review that input as well as candidates' interviews, presentations, and dossiers.

Dr Kathy McNutt
Vice-President (Research)

 

Update 3

10 November 2020

Dear members of the campus community,

Following their virtual presentations to campus, I am writing to invite your input on the three candidates for the position of Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.  In alphabetical order, they are:

  • Aziz Douai, Associate Dean, School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Ontario Tech University
  • Nicholas (Nick) Jones, Interim Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina
  • Brigitte Leblon, Professor, Director of TRANSFORM-M, Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick

Recordings of their presentations can be reviewed by clicking on the candidate name.

Please send your input to karen.walker@uregina.ca no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday 16 November.  All input received by then will be anonymized, collated, and circulated to members of the Search Advisory Committee.

On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank all who joined the virtual presentations.  Your input will be reviewed thoroughly by the Committee as it prepares its recommendation.

Dr Kathy McNutt
Vice-President (Research)

Update 2

26 October 2020

 

The Search Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the shortlist of candidates for the position of Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.  

In alphabetical order, they are: 

  • Aziz Douai, Associate Dean, School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Ontario Tech University
  • Nicholas (Nick) Jones, Interim Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina
  • Brigitte Leblon, Director of TRANSFOR-M, Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick

 

Each candidate will make a public presentation to faculty, staff and students; meet with the Search Advisory Committee for a formal interview; meet with Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic); meet with Deans’ Council; meet with members of Associate Deans’ Research; meet with Vice-President (Research) Senior Research team; meet with Faculty of Graduate Studies staff and students.

 

Update 1

17 August 2020


Dear Colleagues,
 
I am pleased to announce the initiation of a search for a new Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. A national search will commence on August 18. The open search process will include a campus-wide presentation from each of the short-listed candidates and an opportunity for the campus community to provide feedback.
 
Open to candidates eligible for employment in Canada and hold a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. Academic administrative experience (as Dean, Associate Dean, or Department Head/Program Chair) is highly desirable. A deep appreciation for the University’s mission and strategic plan to advance the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and the University’s focus on teaching, research, and service.
 
The search will be conducted according to the provisions of the University’s policy on out-of-scope administrative positions available here. A position description is available on the search webpage available here. The anticipated term of appointment is five years, beginning as soon as possible, renewable under the terms of the policy linked above. 

Review of applications begins mid-October. The target date for the appointment of May 1, 2021. Applications should include (1) a cover letter responding to the accountabilities and requirements set out in the position description, (2) and a current curriculum vitae. References will only be required for short-listed candidates. Applications should be sent to karen.walker@uregina.ca and are due by October 15, 2020.
 
Chaired by the Vice President Research, a Search Advisory Committee is in place with diverse representation from the campus. In alphabetical order, Committee members include:

Dr. Raymond Blake, Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts
Kishore Bommavaram URGSA President
Janine Brown, Associate Dean Faculty Affairs, Faculty of Nursing
Dr. Tanya Dahms, Professor, Faculty of Science
Dr. Hussameldin Ibrahim, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering
Dr. Tarun Katapally, Associate Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Dr. Gordon Pennycook, Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Dr. Cathy Rocke, Dean, Faculty of Social Work
Dr. Twyla Salm, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Programs, Faculty of Education
Darlene Sorensen, Manager, Graduate Scholarships & Awards, FGSR
Brett Waytuck, University Librarian.

Nancy Kazeil (Human Resources) and Karen Walker (office of the Vice President (Research)) will support the search Advisory Committee throughout the process.
 
The Search Advisory Committee will begin its review of applications in mid-October with interviews in the first week of November.

Kathy McNutt
Vice-President (Research)