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Dr. Jennifer Johnson named Dean of Arts

Five-year appointment will begin July 1, 2023

(May 23, 2023) - Laurentian University is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Johnson as the new Dean of Arts, effective July 1, 2023, for a five-year period. Dr. Johnson is an accomplished researcher with extensive administrative experience and a passion for working with students and supporting their academic success. 

"Dr. Johnson is a strong leader who brings considerable experience and expertise to the role of Dean of Arts. Her pragmatic approach, her understanding of the opportunities within the Faculty of Arts and the University more broadly, along with her focus on people and community position her very well to lead the Faculty forward,” said Dr. Brenda Brouwer, Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic.

“I am looking forward to collaborating with our talented faculty members, working with our students, and all of our community partners. Together, we have a unique opportunity to redefine our future at the Faculty of Arts. There is so much potential in what we can achieve together,” said Dr. Johnson. 

Dr. Johnson currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Liberal Arts and as the Manager of Laurentian Online with the Centre for Continuing Learning. She previously served as Chair of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Thorneloe University from 2007-2021.  She  holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Women’s Studies and Philosophy from Queen’s University, a Master of Women’s Studies from St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, from York University. Her research is based in qualitative interdisciplinary approaches to the study of gender including feminist and critical pedagogies, and community-based research. 

The university community wishes to thank Dr. Parveen Nangia for his leadership over the last year serving as Interim Dean of Arts.