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Interim education dean begins term

September 4, 2008

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Suzanne de Castell, associate dean, academic (above), in the Faculty of Education, has been appointed interim dean until September 2009. She replaces Paul Shaker, whose five-year term has ended.

"Suzanne has the combination of administrative experience and knowledge of the faculty that will enable her to provide strong leadership during the upcoming transition year," says Bill Krane, associate VP-academic.

"I am confident that the Faculty of Education will be well-served under Suzanne’s leadership."

De Castell, who has been with SFU for 30 years, sees the coming year as "a period for consolidating our strengths." She says her main priorities include developing a more inclusive and collaborative intellectual community, and continuing to work closely with schools and school boards, both in terms of program development and the interests of professional communities.

She adds, "I feel extremely privileged to be given this opportunity and I’m looking forward very much to the challenges of the year ahead."

A professor and researcher in the areas of equity and inclusion, qualitative research methods and educational technology, de Castell is currently engaged in new media research, working on designing and developing game-based educational learning environments.
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