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Professor Jacqueline Warwick appointed new Dean, Academic

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor  Jacqueline Warwick as 鶹ֱ’s new Dean, Academic. This is a full-time appointment for a 5-year term effective May 1, 2024. 

Dr. Warwick has been in the position of Interim Dean, Academic since August 2023. She is a Canadian musicologist (PhD UCLA, 2002) who came to Halifax for a position at Dalhousie in 2003. She served in leadership roles for more than half of her years at Dal, in the interdisciplinary Gender & Women’s Studies program, the MA program in Musicology, and as the inaugural Director of the Fountain School of Performing Arts. In this last position, she oversaw the merging of Dal’s departments of Music and Theatre, the development of new curriculum, and fundraising for the Strug Concert Hall and Costume Studies suite in the recently opened Arts Centre expansion. She continues to be an active researcher and writer and is currently working on a book about child prodigies in music for Oxford University Press.

“My year as 鶹ֱ’s interim dean has been highly rewarding, and I feel positive about the challenges and opportunities ahead,” says Warwick. “鶹ֱ has been a beacon in art education through my whole life, and it’s exciting to join this vibrant, creative, and brilliant community.”

“Jacqueline has been invaluable in her role as interim dean over the last year and I am so pleased that she will be joining us in this permanent role. She will be an essential member of our senior leadership team. It is a time of much anticipated institutional growth as we move toward a consolidated campus at the Halifax Seaport over the next 6 years,” says Dr. Peggy Shannon.

Jana Macalik to continue as Interim Vice President Academic and Research and Provost

We are also pleased to announce that Jana Macalik will serve another year as Interim Vice President Academic and Research and Provost.

Jana has been covering this important role since July 1, 2023, and has contributed to creating an open and collaborative work environment.

“Jana has enhanced many processes to help advance the Academic division and 鶹ֱ’s organizational structure. We have seen positive change under Jana’s leadership, and we look forward to continuing this momentum into next year,” says President Shannon.

Human Resources is in the process of engaging an external Executive Search Firm to start the search for the permanent hire. 鶹ֱ will provide a future update when the search is underway.