Faculty of Arts
Saint Mary's University
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3
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Dr. Madine VanderPlaatSociology
Acting Dean of Arts
Director, SMU Centre for the Study of Sport and Health
Madine VanderPlaat is a Professor of Sociology whose research focuses on social inclusion, citizen participation and the well-being of women, children and families. From 2013 through 2019, Dr. VanderPlaat was the Associate Dean of Arts, Research and Outreach, and previously served as Acting Dean in 2018.
An accomplished academic and engaged member of the campus community, Dr. VanderPlaat has had a distinguished career at Saint Mary’s University, beginning in 1991 as a lecturer in Sociology & Criminology. She was Chair of that department between 1999 and 2006, and Director of the Atlantic Metropolis Centre—a consortium of researchers, government representatives, and NGOs dedicated to policy-relevant research—from 2003 to 2013. She served as Chair of the Academic Senate from 2017 to 2019, and was recently appointed Director of the SMU Centre for the Study of Sport and Health.
Dr. VanderPlaat has extensive experience working in multidisciplinary, inter-sectoral research environments at the national and international level. Her research has been published in the Canadian Journal of Ethnic Studies, Community Development Journal, Canadian Journal of Sociology, and School Psychology International among others. Recent projects explore community resilience, immigration, and integration of refugee families. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada among others.
Associate DeanAssociate Dean of Arts - Curriculum and Student Affairs
Dr. Kirrily Freeman is the current Associate Dean of Arts - Curriculum and Student Affairs (Acting). See her bio below.
Dr. Kirrily A. FreemanHistory
Associate Dean of Arts (Acting) - Research and Outreach
Associate Dean (Acting) - Curriculum and Student Affairs
Associate Professor, Honours and Graduate Program Coordinator, History Department
Kirrily Freeman is an historian of modern Europe. She holds a BA in European Studies (University of Guelph), a master's degree in Second World War Studies (University of Edinburgh) and a PhD in History (University of Waterloo). Her teaching and research focus on the cultural history of western Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and her publications include Reading the Postwar Future: Textual Turning Points from 1944 (Bloomsbury, 2019), and Bronzes to Bullets: Vichy and the Destruction of French Public Statuary, 1941-1944 (Stanford, 2009).
Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts
B.A. Program Advisor
B.A. Program Advisor - Psychology
B.A. Program Advisor
Project Manager, Field Schools and Academic Exchanges