Dr. Sean Cadigan, Associate Vice-President (Academic)
Dr. Sean Cadigan was appointed associate vice-president (academic) in Sept. 2016.
Prior to this appointment, he was associate vice-president (academic) faculty affairs pro tempore, a position he held since May 2015. In that role, he provided leadership in all areas pertaining to the employment relationship, working environment, career development and professional well-being of academic leaders, academic staff members and instructors.
He has bargaining unit and significant academic administration experience. He has served on the Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association bargaining team and, most recently, as acting associate dean (research and graduate studies) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
In his current role, Dr. Cadigan supports the development of all educational programs, including curriculum, policy and program reviews, with special emphasis on seeking opportunities in new and emerging academic initiatives and programs; advises on resource allocation, particularly those of faculty complement, to ensure the best support possible for the quality and competitiveness of all educational and research programs, especially those that are direct responses to relevant university strategic plans and frameworks; and provides leadership in all areas pertaining to the employment relationship, working environment, career development and professional well-being of academic leaders, academic staff members and instructors, including, where applicable, the promotion and tenure process.
An accomplished historian and award-winning author, Dr. Cadigan was the recipient of the J.W. Dafoe Foundation Annual Book Prize for outstanding, non-fiction writing about Canada, Canadians and the nation in international affairs for his book Newfoundland and Labrador: A History.
He has been a professor in Memorial’s Department of History since 2001, and previously served as head of the History department and director of the Master of Employment Relations program, which is jointly offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Business Administration. He came to Memorial from Dalhousie University, where he was associate professor of history and taught in the areas of maritime labour history, the history of fisheries and Canadian history.