The dean of the Faculty of Environment Jean Andrey has been reappointed for her second term after recent votes at Senate and the Board of Governors’ Executive Committee. Senate voted on November 20 to recommend that the President recommend the reappointments to the Board Executive Committee. After the Board’s Executive Committee met to consider the President’s recommendations, professor Jean Andrey has been reappointed to a two-year term as Dean of Environment from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022.
Andrey completed her BA (1977) at Wilfrid Laurier University, her MSc in physical geography (1980) at University of Calgary, and her PhD (1989) in geography at University of Waterloo. A faculty member at Waterloo for nearly 30 years, she held the position of professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management before her appointment as Dean in 2015.
Andrey’s past administrative service included her appointment as interim dean (August 2014 to June 2015), associate dean of graduate studies (2006-08, 2012-14), associate dean of graduate studies and research (2005-06), director of the joint graduate program in geography (2008-10), and graduate officer and associate chair of the department of geography (1991, 1998-2002).
Andrey’s research expertise spans a variety of fields including climate resilience, weather-transport interactions, natural hazards and risk assessment, and sustainable transportation. Her work has been recognized with her election as fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2011, the university’s Outstanding Performance Award which she received in 2006 and 2007, and numerous teaching awards.
Over the past five and a half years, under Andrey’s leadership the Faculty has:
- emerged as a national hub for climate resilience and flood mitigation
- taken a leadership role on sustainability at Waterloo and internationally as host of the Canadian chapter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network,
- launched Entrepreneurship@Environment in partnerships with Waterloo’s Velocity and St. Paul’s University College Greenhouse, and
- become a powerhouse of environmental research with a doubling of Canada Research Chairs, a 40 per cent increase in research funding, and a 25 per cent increase in graduate student enrolment.
“It is the unanimous view of the nominating committee that the results of the consultation together with the results of respective ballots affirm the general acceptability of Professor Andrey’s reappointment,” said a report from James Rush, chair of the nominating committee. “As such, the nominating committee recommends that Jean Andrey be invited to accept a second term as Dean of Environment.”