Public Presentations by Candidates for Associate Vice-President Research and Dean of Graduate Studies

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 The Search Committee for the Associate Vice-President Research and Dean of Graduate Studies announces the upcoming presentations by the two short-listed candidates for this position. Each candidate will deliver a Public Presentation on a Future Vision for Research and Graduate Studies at UPEI.

Dr. Kathy Snow, Monday, October 3, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Andrew Hall, Room 142

Dr. Kathy Snow received her Ed.D. degree in 2015 from the University of Calgary. Before joining UPEI, she held a faculty appointment in the School of Education Health at Cape Breton University. After joining UPEI in 2019, she was then promoted to Full Professor of Education in 2022. Dr. Snow is one of the founding board members for the Open/Technology in Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA). At UPEI, she has served as Academic Lead for the Certificate in Educational Leadership in Nunavut (CELN), a partnership graduate program with the Government of Nunavut. Dr. Snow led UPEI's successful proposal for membership in UArctic, an international network that promotes education and research in the Arctic. She currently (co-)supervises 4 PhD students and has mentored 2 master's students at UPEI and 3 others at CBU. Her research interests lie in educational technology, social justice and sustainability, including 28 articles published in journals and books. She has contributed significantly to graduate policy development, scholarships, career pathways and mentorship of graduate students in the Faculty of Education at UPEI.

Dr. Marva Sweeney-Nixon, Friday, October 7, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Andrew Hall, Room 142

Dr. Sweeney-Nixon received her PhD degree in Neuropharmacology from Dalhousie University in 1989. Prior to joining UPEI in 1997, she held a faculty appointment in Physiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Sweeney-Nixon was promoted to Full Professor of Biology in 2014. She served as Department Chair of Biology during 2012 - 2019. As Chair, she led the Department's strategic plan, development of new programs (BSc in Biotechnology, BSc in Paramedicine), and a 7-year MPHEC Quality Assurance review of academic programs in Biology. In 2011, she received the UPEI Hessian Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 2005 - 2008, she held the Jeanne and J.-Louis Lévesque Research Professorship in Nutrisciences and Health. Her research interests include cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, antioxidants, and diabetes, including 44 journal articles, 8 book chapters, and $1.8M of research funding in these fields. She has contributed to the supervision of over 8 MSc students and 7 Research Assistants and served on numerous supervisory committees at the MSc and PhD levels.

All are welcome to attend. For any who are unable to attend, the presentations will be recorded and available afterward for viewing from a secure site.

Written feedback on candidates can be submitted to Donna Lawless at by Friday, October 14, 2022. This feedback will be shared in confidence with the committee.