Dean of Faculty of Arts appointed
By Mandy Cook
Dr. Lynne Phillips has been appointed dean of the Faculty of Arts. The Board of Regents approved the five-year term at its March 15 meeting. The appointment is effective July 1, 2012.
Dr. Phillips is currently at the University of Windsor, where she was the head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology from 2000-07. She has been a professor of anthropology since 2004.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Memorial University community," she said. "I look forward to meeting new colleagues and making new friends. And it will be an honour to have the chance to showcase the wonderful things going on in the Faculty of Arts at Memorial."
Born in Vancouver, B.C., Dr. Phillips obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia and her master of arts and PhD in anthropology from the University of Toronto. She was a two-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) post-doctoral fellow at York University and taught at McGill University for two years before arriving at the University of Windsor in 1989.
Dr. Phillips has held five SSHRC research grants and published three edited/co-edited books and a co-authored book (forthcoming). She has also published in numerous academic journals in the research areas of international governance, gender, health and food and agriculture. Her articles have appeared in Alternatives, Annual Review of Anthropology, Anthropologica, Antipode, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Critique of Anthropology, Current Sociology, Feminist Criminology, International Journal of Health Services, Signs and Sociologia Ruralis.
Currently her research involves engagement with Canadian communities to develop more localized, sustainable and healthy food systems.
She has taught many graduate and undergraduate courses in anthropology and sociology and has supervised and provided examination for numerous master's theses and doctoral dissertations. Dr. Phillips recently co-produced, with fourth-year university students, a community report on poverty titled Speaking of Poverty: Conversations in Southwest Ontario (2011). She has reviewed many journal and book manuscripts and also served on the editorial board of Anthropologica, Canada's premier anthropology journal.
To support the implementation of a food charter in Windsor-Essex County, Dr. Phillips has also served the community in matters of food security as a member of the Food Matters Working Group with the United Way and as a co-founder with the Food Advisory Working Group.
Dr. Phillips succeeds Drs. Noel Roy and Lisa Rankin who served as deans pro tempore since the 2009 departure of Dr. Reeta Tremblay from the post.