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Arts welcomes Douglas Peers, our new dean

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Douglas Peers.The Faculty of Arts is very pleased to welcome our new dean, Douglas Peers. While July marked the official start of Dr. Peers’ tenure as the 15th Dean of Arts, he was spotted on campus numerous times in the months leading up to summer – attending meetings and planning for the Faculty’s future.  

“These are fascinating times to be a Dean of Arts,” comments Dr. Peers, “and I could not be in a better place, as I am firmly convinced that Arts at Waterloo will be a major player both here in Waterloo and on the global stage.”

Following the five-year tenure of former dean, Ken Coates, Dr. Peers comes to Waterloo from York University, where he was Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Associate Vice-President Graduate. Prior to York, he held numerous senior administrative roles at the University of Calgary, and was also interim VP Programs at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in 2004. An historian, Dr. Peers has held academic appointments in the history departments at each of his universities, now including Waterloo.

"My ambition is that Waterloo Arts will become as well-known amongst the wider public for the excellence of our research and academic programs as the university has historically been recognized for engineering and computer science," states Dr. Peers.

A memo issued in March by Geoff McBoyle, Waterloo's provost and vice-president academic, states: "the appointment of Professor Peers as dean received very strong support from faculty and staff constituencies within the Faculty of Arts and from arts faculty within the federated university & affiliated colleges... I wish to add my own support for Professor Peers’ appointment. As an experienced administrator and respected scholar, he will strategically direct the Faculty of Arts for the next few years. In addition, his input as a member of Waterloo’s senior administration team will be highly valued. I know that Professor Peers can count on the support of the entire Waterloo community as he takes up his new challenge."

Read the detailed story of Douglas Peers' appointment as dean in the Daily Bulletin.

Read the Dean's welcome message.