A Message from the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Memorial University.

Dr. Ailsa Craig has been appointed interim dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences effective May 21 , 2021, until May 20, 2022, or until a permanent dean is appointed (whichever occurs first).

Dr. Craig replaces Dr. Jennifer Simpson, who was recently appointed provost and vice-president (academic) of Ryerson University.

Dr. Craig is associate dean (curriculum and programs) and professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and former head of the unit’s Department of Sociology.

An experienced academic administrator and publicly engaged scholar, Dr. Craig’s work and critical reviews have appeared in Poetics, Journal of Material Culture, Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Contemporary Sociology, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and Sexuality & Culture.

Dr. Craig is also a recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching (2016), a Fulbright Scholar and has been interviewed for Weekend America (national public radio in the U.S.), Quill & Quire, the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, the National Post and other news media.

A queer and trans activist, Dr. Craig was also selected as a community leadership marshall for the St. John’s 2014 Pride parade and is co-founder of Quadrangle N.L., a registered charity working to build a 2SLGBTQAI+ community centre and provincewide supports for Newfoundland and Labrador.