Faculty of Arts
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3
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.
Dr. Myles McCallumClassics
Associate Dean of Arts - Curriculum and Student Affairs
Myles McCallum is an Associate Professor of Classics in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, and served as the department's Chair until June 2021. He specializes in Roman archaeology and history, and teaches courses on these subjects as well as Classical mythology, ancient Greek and Roman literature, and Latin. He has published on archaeological ceramics, Pompei, Roman imperialism in southern Italy, Italian urbanism, Roman villas, and Roman imperial properties.
He is co-director of the Basentello Valley Archaeological Research Project in Puglia and the Villa of Titus Excavations in the Apennines of Lazio, and a collaborator on the Queen's University excavations at Caere on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy. His research looks at the role played by imperial properties in the cultural development and social organization of rural Italy, cultural agency and the development of urbanism in Italy during the Republican period, and economic archaeology.
Recent research awards include a SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-2024), along with Martin Beckmann, for his Reexamining Roman Villas project; and a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship (2020-2021), to examine the archaeological end environmental evidence for religious activities at Lacus Cutiliae (Lago di Paterno) in central Italy. Since 2009, he has also been an Associate and then Co-Editor for Mouseion, the journal of the Classical Association of Canada. Read more about Dr. McCallum’s research and publications.
Dr. Sara MaltonEnglish
Associate Dean of Arts - Outreach and Faculty Support
Sara Malton is a Professor of nineteenth-century literature in the Department of English Language & Literature.
Her recent research awards include a SSHRC Insight Development Grant in 2020 for her project, “Wondrous Hunger: Salvation, Starvation and the Nineteenth-Century ‘Fasting Girl.’” Her book, Forgery in Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture: Fictions of Finance from Dickens to Wilde, was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2009. Her work has appeared in such journals as Studies in the Novel; Victorian Literature and Culture; European Romantic Review; and English Studies in Canada; and in essay collections by McGill-Queens UP, Peter Lang, and the University of Missouri Press.
Dr. Malton is the current Secretary and a past Trustee (2014-17) of The Dickens Society. Learn more about her research and publications at saramalton.com.
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