Gary Libben, Vice-President, Research
Gary Libben is a scholar and academic administrator who is a leader in advancing interdisciplinary research. Before coming to Brock, he served as Associate Vice-President (Research) at the University of Calgary.
A psycholinguist who studies how words are represented and processed in the mind, Libben was named in 2008 as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a former President of the Canadian Linguistics Association, co-founder of The Mental Lexicon Journal, and was a founding director of the University of Alberta’s Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics. He has also been director of Words in the Mind, Words in the Brain, a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Libben’s international experience includes visiting professorships in Austria and the Netherlands.
Before joining the University of Calgary in 2009, Libben (BA Psychology ‘76, Concordia University; MA Applied Linguistics ‘82, Concordia University; PhD Linguistics ‘87, McGill University) was at the University of Alberta from 1992 to 2008, where he was a professor of Linguistics. He also served as Associate Dean of Arts (Research) and chair of the Department of Linguistics.
He began his academic teaching career at the University of Calgary from 1986 to 1992 as an assistant professor and graduate program director for the Department of Linguistics.