Home of the Academic Deans
The Academic Deans' Office is responsible for academic administration and programming at Algoma University. The Academic Dean and office staff are committed to ensuring that the quality of education at Algoma University is held to the highest standards.
In collaboration with faculty, and in conversation with students, our work on course and program development and quality assurance processes contribute to the University’s overarching mandate to provide meaningful and exciting educational opportunities to the community of Sault Ste. Marie, the province of Ontario, and beyond to the international community.
The Academic Dean’s Office plays a critical role in providing faculty with the tools and support they need to enhance their teaching, research, and service commitments.
In our office, and on these webpages, full- and part-time faculty will find a range of resources including general information (e.g., faculty handbooks), forms and templates (e.g., annual reports), as well as administrative and committee support documents.
The Academic Dean’s Office also serves as the hub for where issues or concerns that students bring to our attention are examined and solutions facilitated, and where initiatives to help provide a positive student experience at Algoma University are supported.
Collectively, our team has many years of experience in working with faculty, staff, and students at Algoma University in a wide variety of capacities. We are committed to offering friendly and professional support to our fellow employees and enhancing the experience that students have while at Algoma University.
Please send comments, queries and suggestions regarding academic programming at Algoma University to [email protected].
Dean’s Honour List
Algoma University is proud to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of students who have earned the distinction of being on the Dean’s Honour List. These students have achieved an overall average of 80% or higher on the last 30 credits completed during the 2020-2021 academic year or on the last 30 credits completed part-time.Dean’s Honour List 2020-2021 (PDF)
Meet our Academic Deans and Office Staff
The Academic Deans and office staff contributes to the well-being and growth of Algoma University by providing support to full time and part-time faculty, academic programs and units, staff and students.
Dr. William Wei
Dean of the Faculty of Business and EconomicsView Full Bio
Dr. Michael Twiss
Dean of the Faculty of ScienceView Full Bio
Dr. Alean Al-Krenawi
Dean of Humanities, Social Science, and Cross-Cultural StudiesView Full Bio
Daniella Cádiz Bedini
Academic-Executive Assistant to the Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cross-Cultural StudiesView Full Bio
Academic Administrative Assistant, Faculty of ScienceView Full Bio
Academic Administrative Assistant, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and Cross-Cultural StudiesView Full Bio
Academic-Executive Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Business and EconomicsView Full Bio
Quality Assurance OfficerView Full Bio
Key Contacts & Structure
The Algoma University academic structure is comprised of three Faculties: Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Humanities. Each of the Faculties is led by a Faculty Chair. The Faculty Chairs work in cooperation with the Academic Dean in the administration of Faculty business and provide leadership in the development of curriculum and programs at Algoma University.
Each Faculty has a number of Department Chairs. Department Chairs provide academic leadership for curriculum and programs within Algoma University’s departments. Below is a summary of names and contact information for Faculty and Department Chairs as of April 2023.
Faculty Chairs, Department Chairs and Directors
Locate and learn more about our faculty and department chairs
Dr. Laurie Bloomfield
Faculty Chair, Sciences, Associate ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Jennifer Foote
Department Chair, Biology & Environmental ScienceView Contact Info
Dr. Laura Wyper
Department Chair, Community Economic and Social Development, Assistant ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Paulette Steeves
Department Chair, Geography, Geology and Land Stewardship | Canada Research Chair Tier 11 Healing and Reconciliation, Associate ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Sheila Gruner
Faculty Chair, Social Sciences, Associate ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Trevor Tchir
Department Chair, Law and Politics, Associate ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Dwayne Keough
Department Chair, Psychology, Associate ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Andree-Ann Deschenes
Department Chair, Music & Visual Arts, Assistant ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Rose Ann Torres
Director of the School of Social Work, Assistant ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Miguel Garcia-Ruiz
Associate ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Jo-Anne Ryan
Associate Professor - Accounting Prog. Coord. And Departmental ChairView Contact Info
Dr. Pedro Antunes
Executive Lead, ResearchView Contact Info
Dr. Andrew Judge
Department Chair, Assistant ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Linda Burnett
Department Chair of English and History, Faculty Chair of Humanities & Social Sciences, Associate ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Michael Graydon
Assistant Professor and Department Chair, SociologyView Contact Info
Faculty Chair, School of Business and Economics, Associate ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Edward Turgeon, BMus, MMus, MMA, DMA
Director of Music, Professor, Musician-in-Residence (Duo Turgeon)View Contact Info
Teaching & Learning
We aim to create a culture of scholarly and effective teaching at Algoma University
We’re committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality in our academic programming
Academic Policies, Procedures, and Services Student FAQ
Helping students navigate how and when to use academic policies, procedures, and services