Mary-Ellen Kelm

Associate Dean, Research & International

As Associate Dean, Research and International, I am responsible for all research-related activities within FASS, including approving proposals; supporting continuing faculty members’ research initiatives; coordinating visiting scholar/fellow appointments; providing leadership in profiling FASS research activities; leveraging opportunities for recognition of FASS research; and liaising with the Office of the Vice President, Research & International (VPRI) to identify and promote FASS faculty members in relation to institutional nominations for SFU, national, and international awards. My portfolio also encompasses institutional international activities, liaising with SFU’s senior administration concerning FASS and SFU international initiatives. I chair the FASS Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar Search Committee, FASS Jack and Doris Shadbolt for the Humanities Steering Committee, and FASS ad-hoc Research Committee, and serve on the Scholars at Risk Committee, SFU Research Computing Stewardship Committee, and Associate Vice President, Research (AVPR)-Associate Dean, Research consultation committee.

I am a Professor in the Department of History, and the author and editor of five books, the latest with co-editor Keith Smith entitled Talking Back to the Indian: Readings in Settler Colonial Histories. My work focuses on the history of health research in Indigenous communities. I came to SFU in 2006 as Canada Research Chair in Health, Medicine and Society and in 2011 became an Associate Dean in the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.