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Posted May 20 , 2010

Wilfrid Laurier University appoints new dean of Arts and new dean of Science

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed sociologist Michael Carroll as the new dean of the Faculty of Arts and physicist Paul Jessop as the university’s new dean of the Faculty of Science, effective July 1.

Dr. Michael Carroll (Left) and Dr. Paul Jessop

Carroll joins Laurier’s Faculty of Arts from the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, where he focused his research on the sociology of religion. He is well-known internationally for his historical studies of popular religion in Italy, Ireland and New Mexico.

“Laurier’s Faculty of Arts brings together traditional disciplines and interdisciplinary programs. The end result is an academic unit that is truly exciting, and I very much appreciate the opportunity to be the dean of such a faculty,” said Carroll. “I look forward to working with full-time and part-time faculty, staff and students to build upon existing successes and to plan for an even better future in these challenging times.”

Carroll served as chair of Sociology and has been vice-president and president of the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association. He focused on first-year teaching and has also taught numerous upper-level seminar courses. Carroll has authored seven books, 65 peer-reviewed articles and numerous reviews and solicited articles.

Carroll completed his undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees at Stanford University.

“Dr. Carroll brings a commitment to collaborative decision-making to the position of dean of Arts,” said Deb MacLatchy, vice-president: academic and provost at Laurier. “This, along with his scholarly, interdisciplinary and administrative experience make him an excellent fit for Laurier and the Faculty of Arts.”

Paul Jessop comes to Laurier from the Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University. His research expertise is in the area of optoelectronic materials and devices, specializing in silicon-based photonics.

“I am very excited about having been chosen as Laurier’s new dean of Science,” said Jessop. “Laurier has a superb reputation for teaching excellence and innovative undergraduate programs. The growth in the Faculty of Science at the undergraduate and graduate levels has been impressive, and I look forward to working with everyone in the faculty to build upon that growth.”

Jessop served as chair of Engineering Physics and associate dean of graduate studies at McMaster and taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has authored over 150 journal papers and conference presentations and holds leadership positions in the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations.

A native of Waterloo, Jessop completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo and his master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard University.

“Dr. Jessop has excelled as an academic administrator, researcher, teacher and mentor to graduate students,” said MacLatchy. “This combination is ideal for the Faculty of Science as it continues to develop its undergraduate and graduate programs.”

Peter Tiidus, who served as acting dean of Science, and Mary-Louise Byrne, who served as acting dean of Arts, will both be taking sabbatical for the 2010-2011 academic year. Upon their return, Tiidus will continue in his role as professor, kinesiology and physical education and Byrne will continue her role as associate professor, geography and environmental studies.

“I would like to thank Drs. Byrne and Tiidus for their dedication and accomplishments in their roles as acting deans,” said MacLatchy. "Both Science and Arts have developed new programs and undertaken successful fundraising activities under their leadership."

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