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REF NO.: 86

SUBJECT: New dean appointed to Memorial University's Faculty of Education

DATE: Feb. 14

{Dr. Alice Collins}
Dr. Allice Collins
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Dr. Alice Collins has been named the new dean of Memorial's Faculty of Education. The appointment was approved by Memorial's Board of Regents at its February meeting. Dr. Collins has been acting dean since February 2002.

Upon assuming the role as acting dean, Dr. Collins has worked with the faculty to make significant progress with a number of initiatives including a formal academic program review of the faculty, a proposal for a doctoral program, cohort-based courses and programs for professional educators beyond the St. John's area, and increased collaboration with other faculties at Memorial University.

As well, she has taken steps that helped achieve about a 35 per cent increase in undergraduate registrations and a 20 per cent increase in graduate registrations in the current academic year, helped secure $600,000 in external funding for students in rural and co-op education, and has achieved much in improved working relationships with the Department of Education, the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association, and the school districts.

Dr. Collins is president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education and a member of the board of the Federation of the Social Sciences and Humanities of Canada. Dr. Collins speaks of a bright future for the Faculty of Education, with programs in demand within the province and externally. Faculty renewal is also high priority.

"Dr. Collins has developed a sound agenda for the faculty's development," said Dr. Evan Simpson, vice-president (academic). "Its items include implementing the doctoral program, rationalizing a plethora of undergraduate programs, overhauling the internship program, developing new expertise in e-learning, achieving faculty renewal and strengthening research in education, and continuing to enhance relationships with the faculty's professional partners," he said.

"Dr. Collins' personal vigour and style, knowledge of education in Newfoundland and Labrador, and commitment to the university and the province combine to create superb promise for the Faculty of Education."

Dr. Collins received her PhD from the University of Ottawa and has been teaching in the Faculty of Education at Memorial since 1985. Her research interests include women and education, school councils, educational reform.

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