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Joan Collinge named Continuing Studies dean pro tem

June 26, 2008

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By Diane Luckow

Joan Collinge, associate dean of Continuing Studies and director of the Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE), was appointed dean pro tem of Continuing Studies from July l, 2008 through Aug. 31, 2009.

Collinge is replacing John LaBrie, who will leave SFU at the end of June after completing three years of his five-year term. He is returning to the U.S. for family reasons.

"SFU is fortunate to have someone such as Joan with the necessary experience and respect of her colleagues who can step into such an important role on short notice," says John Waterhouse, VP-academic.

Collinge earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at SFU, often working at the university as she put herself through school. She joined the university full-time in 1988 as a program director with CODE, then became associate director and, in 2000, director.

Last year, Collinge received an honorary member award from the Canadian Association of Distance Education in recognition of her outstanding achievements and contributions to distance education in Canada.

Collinge, who is currently in her third term as associate dean, notes that the search for a new dean awaits decisions by the university’s senate and board of governors regarding the proposed College of Life-Long and Experiential Learning, which is part of the university’s faculty restructuring initiative. The new college, if approved, would include Continuing Studies.

"If the motion passes," says Collinge, "we would then know the portfolio the new dean would assume and the kind of leader we are looking for."
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