University of Calgary

Dr. Richard Sigurdson appointed Dean of Arts

UToday HomeApril 26, 2012

Richard Sigurdson is the new Dean, Faculty of Arts. Photo courtesy of Richard SigurdsonRichard Sigurdson is the new Dean, Faculty of Arts. Photo courtesy of Richard SigurdsonI am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard Sigurdson as Dean, Faculty of Arts, effective August 1, 2012.

Sigurdson is an exceptionally strong academic administrator and an accomplished scholar in the areas of Canadian government and political theory. He joins us from the University of Manitoba where he was Dean, Faculty of Arts from 2004 – 2011 and Acting Provost, University College (a multi-faculty unit of the university) from 2005 – 2011. He is currently Duff Roblin Professor of Government and Professor in the Department of Political Studies.

Sigurdson’s deep understanding of the role of dean, his dynamic and inclusive management style, and the breadth and depth of his experience across a broad range of arts disciplines will serve him well as Dean of our large and complex Faculty of Arts. Prior to his work at the University of Manitoba he was Professor and Chair, Political Science at the University of New Brunswick; Chair of Philosophy, History and Politics and Acting Dean of Arts at Thompson Rivers University; and he taught at the University of Victoria and the University of Saskatchewan.

Sigurdson earned his BA and MA from the University of Manitoba and his PhD from the University of Toronto. He has written dozens of peer-reviewed papers and parts of books, and is the author of Jacob Burckhardt’s Social and Political Thought (U of T Press, 2004). He sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Canadian Political Science Review and has served extensively as a commentator on local, regional and national political issues for television, radio and print media. Recently, he was a Visiting Research Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University, Berlin.

I would like to express my appreciation for the contributions of the Advisory Selection Committee to the search and selection process for the Dean of Arts. The members of the Committee were: Jaydeep Balakrishnan (Haskayne School of Business); Susan Bennett (Department of English); George Bourne (Faculty of Science); Gordon Currie (Alumni Association representative); Ian Holloway (Dean, Faculty of Law); Colin Jackson (professional community representative); Ola Mohajer [Vice-President (Academic), Students' Union]; Brian Moorman (Department of Geography); Mary Pavelka (Department of Anthropology); Paul Rogers (President, The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary); Florentine Strzelczyk (Department of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies); Joey Windsor (Vice-President Student Life, Graduate Students’ Association); and Shawna Boyko (Executive Director, Office of the Provost).

I would also like to thank Dr. Kevin McQuillan for his service as Dean. McQuillan was Dean of Social Sciences when he accepted the position of Dean of Arts for the amalgamated faculty in 2010. He has done a terrific job leading the challenging process of merging four faculties into one larger Faculty of Arts, and we are grateful to him for his dedication and excellent work.

McQuillan completes his term as Dean of Arts on June 30 and during the period July 1 – 31 Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot will be Interim Dean. Gibbs Van Brunschot is currently Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts (on leave) and returns July 1 as associate professor and Head of Sociology. I appreciate her accepting the additional responsibility of Interim Dean for one month.

Please join me in welcoming Richard Sigurdson as our new Dean of Arts.

Dru Marshall
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)