Shane O'Dea, Professor of English and Public Orator at Memorial, has long been involved with preservation in Newfoundland.
He has chaired the boards of Heritage Canada, the Nfld Heritage Foundation, the Nfld Historic Trust and the Nfld. Historical Society. Co-author of two books on Newfoundland buildings, he has published a number of articles and reviews in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects, Canadian Review of American Studies and Newfoundland Studies.
In 1988 he was Memorial University’s first Distinguished Teacher and Canadian Professor of the Year. In 2002 he was made a 3M Teaching Fellow and in 2005 was appointed to the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.