Dean, Lifelong Learning

Committee Membership

Under Academic Policy, A13.05, Peter Keller, Vice-President, Academic and Provost, has formed a search committee to appoint a new Dean, Lifelong Learning.

Membership of the Search Committee for the Dean, Lifelong Learning

Members Conditions Name
Vice-President, Academic and Provost Chair  Peter Keller           
Faculty Dean Selected by the Deans Claire Cupples
Faculty Dean Selected by the Deans Eugene Fiume
Program Director, Lifelong Learning Elected by and from the Program Directors of Lifelong Learning Shanthi Besso
Program Director, Lifelong Learning Elected by and from the Program Directors of Lifelong Learning Kanthi Jayasundera
Faculty Member Appointed by the VP, Academic Lyn Bartram
Faculty Member Appointed by the VP, Academic Lara Campbell
Faculty Member Appointed by the VP, Academic Veselin Jungic
Student Selected jointly by the SFSS and GSS Iman Baharmand
Support Staff Member Elected by and from the staff of Lifelong Learning Mark Smith
Community Member Appointed by the VP, Academic Pat Lougheed

The search committee has engaged the services of Perrett Laver to assist with the recruitment and management of the search. Questions regarding this opportunity or nominations should be directed to Dr. Gordon Lobay, Partner at

Search Timeline

The search for a new dean can be a lengthy process. A consultative process with significant participation from stakeholders is essential to ensuring the search committee finds and recommends the best candidate to lead Lifelong Learning. Input provided by our faculty, staff, students and community partners is invaluable and the timeline below describes your opportunities to participate.

January 2018: The search committee for the Dean, Lifelong Learning is formed.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018: An Open Forum is held to request feedback on the qualities, opportunities and challenges, and nominations for a new Dean.

Spring 2018: The position description will be finalized and applications will be invited for the position. 

March 2018: The search committee begins reviewing possible candidates. Nominations from interested parties are welcomed.

April 2018: Interviews are held for shortlisted candidates.

May 2018: The search committee recommends the preferred candidate to the President.


The search committee has selected three candidates for final meetings and interviews at Simon Fraser University. To access candidate information (e.g. names, CVs, presentation dates, webcast links), click on the link below and sign in with your SFU computing ID and password.


Open Forum - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Vice-President, Academic and Provost Dr. Peter Keller held an Open Forum with the community on Wednesday, January 17 to invite comments from the community regarding the opportunities, challenges, qualifications and characteristics of the next Dean of Lifelong Learning.

Watch the webcast recording here:

You may sign onto the webcast recording page using your SFU Computing ID and password.


Email Jessica Wong, Director, Administration at for more information on the search process.

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