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Board appoints new dean of education

Dr. Kirk Anderson has been appointed the new dean of the Faculty of Education. The Board of Regents approved the appointment at its July 7 meeting.

Dr. Anderson has served as chair of the leadership specialization of the Graduate Division of Educational Research at the University of Calgary, associate dean of Education for the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and founding director of the Atlantic Centre for Educational Administration and Leadership where he led the revision and launch of the distance education M.Ed. in administration and leadership. Other initiatives include heading up the UNB's Faculty of Education's new teacher training projects in Saint Lucia, and serving as a member of UNB's Board of Governors and Senate.

He has served as consultant in various capacities, internationally and domestically. Dr. Anderson is currently serving as a member of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and School Improvement.

He has been extensively involved in leadership development roles as well as pre-service teacher training of students, teachers, school principals, university and ministry leaders in China, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Slovenia, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Lebanon and Qatar.

While Dr. Anderson has strengths in the international and national scene he is quite familiar with the Newfoundland and Labrador context.

A graduate of Memorial, he was born in Shoal Brook, Bonne Bay, and raised in Corner Brook, Bay of Islands. His experience as a teacher started in 1981 in Makkovik with his first assignment as a math teacher at J. C. Erhardt Memorial School. His career in the school system continued to include a posting as vice-principal and principal of Henry Gordon Academy in Cartwright and principal positions at Bonne Bay Central High and Bonne Bay Academy in Woody Point, St. James All-Grade School in Lark Harbour and Templeton Collegiate High School in Meadows. He was an active member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association.

He served as branch president while in Labrador, president of the Western Regional of the School Administrators' Council for three years and is a former vice-president and president of the Provincial Small Schools Special Interest Council. At one point, he sat as a member of the teachers' association collective bargaining team.

Dr. Anderson has an eclectic and productive research-publication record featuring key areas relevant to schools, teacher development and educational administration (leadership). The central feature of his research has been the identification of transformational leadership prototypes for school principals and teacher leaders related to their influence in making schools successful.

He is currently involved in three research initiatives: The International Beginning Principal Study (an international network of novice principals), the Reluctance Factors for Aspirants to School Leadership (a bilateral study between Canada and Ireland) and a study in relationship building in online learning (Trinidad and Canada). He also has a specific interest and research background in First Nations Education.

The publication and dissemination of Dr. Anderson's research has been notable. He has 12 peer review journal articles, 25 peer reviewed conference paper presentations, one peer reviewed conference symposium, one peer reviewed book and seven chapters in books.

Dr. Anderson holds a bachelor of science, bachelor of education and a master of education from Memorial. He also holds a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Anderson succeeds Dr. David Dibbon and Dr. Alice Collins who served as dean pro tempore. He begins in his position Sept. 1.