From February 14 to May 14, 2018, Dr. Madine VanderPlaat will serve as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts, while Dean Dr. Margaret MacDonald travels to Rome to take up a three-month position as McCarthy Chair in Biblical Studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.
An accomplished academic with a strong interest in social justice and marginalized populations, Dr. VanderPlaat has had a distinguished career at Saint Mary’s University, beginning in 1991 as a lecturer in Sociology & Criminology. She served as Chair of the Department of Sociology & Criminology between 1999 and 2006, and was Director of the Atlantic Metropolis Centre—a consortium of researchers, government representatives, and NGOs dedicated to policy-relevant research—from 2003 to 2013.
“Dr. VanderPlaat brings a history of strong leadership and experience within the Faculty to her new role, and will continue the great work underway in the Faculty of Arts at Saint Mary’s,” said Dr. Malcolm Butler, Vice-President, Academic and Research.
An engaged member of the campus community, she has served on the Academic Senate, University Budget Committee, the Panel of Full Professors, the University Review Committee, and the University Appointments Committee, among others.
Since 2013 she has been the Associate Dean of Arts, Research and Outreach and is currently the Chair of Senate.