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New acting dean of arts

Dr. Lisa Rankin began her term as acting dean of arts on June 1, 2011.


By Janet Harron

Dr. Lisa Rankin has replaced Dr. Noel Roy as the acting dean in the Faculty of Arts, effective June 1.

Dr. Rankin, associate professor in the Department of Archaeology, has been with Memorial since 2000. Her research focuses on the interactions of the various aboriginal cultures that have occupied coastal Labrador over the past 9,000 years.

She is currently the principal investigator of Understanding the Past to Build the Future, a five-year multidisciplinary research project that deals with the long-term cultural and social history of the Inuit Métis of southern Labrador. The project incorporates archaeology, ethnography, genealogy and history and is a collaborative research venture among NunatuKavut, university researchers, graduate students, private scholars, government agencies and community partners.

Funding is provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, under its CURA programme, and by numerous community and government partners.

Dr. Rankin has supervised 25 master's and doctoral students and regularly assists them with research and funding opportunities.

"In 2009-10 I had the opportunity to venture from my office in Queen's College to work as acting associate dean of arts for research and graduate studies in the centre of campus," she said. "It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and support my colleagues and I appreciated the insight it provided into what a diverse and engaged faculty we are. I very much look forward to working with everyone again."

The search for a permanent dean of arts will begin in the fall of 2011.