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Anna FerencLaurier has appointed Anna Ferenc, associate professor of music theory, as acting dean of the Faculty of Music. Ferenc succeeds Glen Carruthers, who served as dean since 2010. Ferenc will serve as acting dean until June 30, 2021. The search for a permanent new dean of the Faculty of Music commenced in the fall.

Bruce GillespieThe Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities awarded Bruce Gillespie, associate professor of Digital Media and Journalism, a Minister’s Award of Excellence for his work keeping Laurier’s Brantford campus connected through a regular podcast, One Market.

Melissa IrelandMelissa Ireland has been appointed senior advisor, Indigenous Initiatives on an interim basis. Ireland will serve in the role as the university continues its search for a permanent associate vice-president: Indigenous Initiatives. Ireland also continues to serve in her role as director of Indigenous Initiatives.

Ken JacksonKen Jackson, associate professor and undergraduate program director in the Department of Economics at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, was presented a Minister’s Award of Excellence. Jackson was selected for his work with students in a virtual environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Richelle MonaghanLaurier's Richelle Monaghan was recognized with a 2020 Sam Drogo Technology in the Classroom Award. Presented by the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), the international award recognizes a HAPS member who demonstrates an innovative use of technology to engage undergraduate students studying Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Mark TerryMark Terry, a contract faculty member in Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies, was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada. Recognition by the society is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, sciences and social sciences. Terry’s appointment recognizes his achievements as a documentary filmmaker.

Barrington WalkerBarrington Walker was appointed associate vice-president: equity, diversity and inclusion. Walker first joined Laurier in January 2020 as senior advisor for equity, diversity and inclusion. He was previously an associate professor at Queen’s University.

Mary WilsonMary Wilson has been appointed vice-provost: teaching and learning at Laurier for a five-year term. An innovative leader, educational developer and award-winning instructor and researcher, Wilson most recently served as director of the Centre for Academic Excellence at Niagara College.

To read more articles from the 2020 Fall-Winter print edition of Laurier Campus magazine and new alumni stories between print editions, visit