Brock names new Associate Vice-President, Academic and Dean of Social Sciences

MEDIA RELEASE: 2 May 2018 – R00093

Brock University Interim Provost Tom Dunk announced the appointments of two senior administrators Wednesday, May 2.

Dunk announced that Brian E. Power will become the University’s new Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic while Ingrid Makus will become the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Both will begin five-year terms on July 1.

Power has been Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities for the past six years and is also former chair of the Department of Music, part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. A scholar in early music, Power is an accomplished choral and solo tenor as well as a violinist.

He will succeed Greg Finn, who has held the senior academic administrative position for the past 11 years. Finn will be staying on for six months as a special advisor to the Provost, before taking an administrative leave.

“Brian knows the Brock community and culture, and he also has considerable administrative experience to complement his scholarly achievements,” said Dunk. “We are pleased to have someone with these qualifications take on this important position for the University.”

Power said he welcomes the opportunity to play a new role in helping take the University into a future of new potential.

“Academic quality assurance is essential to our mission at Brock,” he said. “As I join the Office of the Provost, I am both honoured and excited to be taking on this key responsibility.”

Dunk also announced Wednesday that Makus will become Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences after serving as Interim Dean for the past 17 months.

“Ingrid has done a great job over the past year and a half in the role on an interim basis, and I’m confident her innovative approach to leadership will help the Faculty thrive in these complex times,” Dunk said. “It’s a combination of her experience as a department chair, associate dean and interim dean, and her demonstrated commitment to lead in a collaborative and transparent manner.”

Makus served as chair in the Department of Political Science and has been part of many University committees. She held the role of Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for FOSS, and was Interim Dean in the Faculty in 2013-14, before taking on that role again starting in November 2016. Makus’ academic expertise is in political theory, the politics of gender and reproduction, and diversity issues.

“I’m excited and thrilled to be selected as the next Dean of Social Sciences,” she said. “It’s diverse in the structure and makeup of programs, as well as the types of students.

“This is an incredibly vibrant and dynamic group of researchers, scholars, staff and advisors,” she said. “This is a Faculty that is moving forward in directions that align perfectly with the strategic mandate of the University and the informal things we’re emphasizing like experiential learning and community engagement.”

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