University of Waterloo names new dean of Arts

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The University of Waterloo has appointed Sheila Ager as the next dean of its Faculty of Arts.

A faculty member at Waterloo since 1987, Professor Ager is a full professor in the Department of Classical Studies and currently serves as interim chair for the Department of Fine Arts.  

Sheila Ager

She completed her BA and MA degrees at Queen’s University, and earned her doctorate from the University of British Columbia. At the University of Waterloo, Ager has served her department, Faculty and the university in a variety of roles over 30 years.

Starting her five-year term as dean on July 1, 2019, Professor Ager takes over from Douglas Peers, a professor of history who served as dean for two terms.

 “Over her years at this university, Professor Ager has clearly proven her excellence and dedication in both academic and administrative leadership roles,” said Jim Rush, vice-president, academic & provost. “I’m pleased and confident that her collaborative leadership style, combined with a deep institutional knowledge, will serve the Arts and University community very well.” 

Professor Ager is a scholar of Greek history, specializing in the Hellenistic age – the years between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 BC. Often engaging interdisciplinary approaches, much of her research has centered on interstate relations in this period, including peaceful dispute resolution. 

Professor Ager’s considerable record of service includes chair of the Department of Classical Studies (2009-17), Associate Dean of Arts, Undergraduate Studies (2001-07), two terms as a member of Senate, and one term as a member of the Board of Governors. She is currently Director of the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies, and, since 2016, has been Director of the University of Waterloo’s Academic Leadership Program.

The Faculty of Arts is home to more than 7,200 graduate and undergraduate students, 340 faculty and 142 staff working in 15 departments and two schools.

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