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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dr. Mark Canada named associate dean

Dr. Mark Canada has been named associate dean of UNC Pembroke’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Mark CanadaDr. Canada, a 14-year member of the faculty in the English and Theatre Department, began his new duties on November 1. He was chair of his department, which is the University’s largest.

The announcement was made by the Dean of the College, Dr. Martin Slann.

“Professor Canada is an excellent choice for the position of associate dean and will be a tremendous asset to Arts and Sciences,” Dean Slann said. “He is completely familiar with the campus culture and deservedly enjoys the affection and respect of his colleagues.  

“Professor Canada is a terrific role model for younger faculty who also have ambitious teaching and research agendas,” he continued. “Perhaps most importantly, he is a tireless and complete professional who is an award-winning classroom teacher, a serious and well published scholar, and an individual who is dedicated to UNCP’s mission of serving students and the greater community.”

In his new post, Dr. Canada will assist the dean in all matters concerning the Arts and Sciences, including faculty recruitment and special projects.

“I enjoyed my time as a department chair, and I was sorry to leave,” Dr. Canada said. “My new post presents administrative challenges, and I am eager to learn more.

“My plan is to get to know more department chairs and faculty,” he said.

Dr. Canada’s faculty tenure has been marked by superlatives. In 2008, he was named recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. His new book, “The Story and the Truth: American Journalism and Literature in the Nineteenth Century,” will be published in spring 2011.

Dr. Canada has a head start on special projects. He is a member of the QEP Committee, which is tasked to implement a major writing initiative across campus.

A member of Chancellor Kyle Carter’s Scholars Council, Dr. Canada has been traveling throughout the region as part of the Chancellor’s Listening Tour.

“Being part of the Listening Tour has been very interesting and is a valuable experience,” Dr. Canada. “Several distinctive themes emerged.”

The Scholars Council will make their report in January 2011. It will contribute to the University’s “strategic vision” for the future, Chancellor Carter said.

Dr. Kay McClanahan, who was assistant chair of the English and Theatre Department, was named chair. With his duties in the dean’s office, Dr. Canada will continue to teach.

“I will teach two sections this spring, a senior seminar and a graduate class,” he said. “These will be fun because they relate to another book project I am working on in literature and journalism.”

Scholarship and teaching will continue for Dr. Canada as he takes another step into University administration.

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