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Associate Deans

Portfolios and Areas of Responsibility

Michael Fronda

Associate Professor, History and Classical Studies

Portfolio and Areas of Responsibility

The Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Oversight oversees and manages teaching programs and space planning in the Faculty.

  • Management of the allocation of physical space for the Faculty, working closely with Campus Space and Planning, Teaching and Learning Services and Facilities Management
  • Curriculum development, management and approvals; Chair of Curriculum Screening Committee and Curriculum Committee
  • Developing inter-Faculty partnerships and programs
  • Strategic Planning; co-chair of Strategic Planning Committee with Associate Dean (Student Affairs)
  • Works closely with the Director of Administration on streamlining administrative structures within and across departments and other units
  • Ensuring Faculty participation in the management of the Humanities and Social Sciences library collections
  • Management and development of summer school offerings for the Faculty

Biography

Professor Fronda's research centers on Pre-Roman and Roman Italy. His monograph Between Rome and Carthage: Southern Italy in the Second Punic War (Cambridge, 2010) examines the varied responses of Italian allied communities (socii) to Hannibal's invasion of the peninsula and his string of stunning victories in the early years of the war. The book highlights how each indivdual community's decision to defect or remain allied with Rome was strongly influenced by local political, economic and diplomatic conditions, including political factionalism and interstate rivalries. His current research project examines how Rome's hegemony in Italy during the middle and late Republic was reinforced by the display of images, gestures, behaviors, rituals and so forth, enacted before an Italian audience. Formerly Prof. Fronda was a senior associate of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Cyprus, Greece and Italy. He has held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (host institution: Technische Universität Dresden) and has been awarded funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).


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Jim Engle-Warnick

Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Portfolio and Areas of Responsibility

The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs oversees and manages all academic personnel matters in the Faculty.

  • Reappointment and promotion, leading the Faculty Review Board
  • Sabbaticals and leaves of absence
  • Junior faculty mentoring
  • Faculty recognition (in collaboration with the Associate Dean Research)
  • Academic performance evaluation and management
  • Contract Academic Staff, including visiting appointments
  • In collaboration with the Dean,
    • Tenure-track and tenured faculty recruitment, retention, retirement
    • Yearly compact process for the allocation of academic hiring licenses

Biography

Jim Engle-Warnick received his BSEE from the University of Akron, his MSIA from Carnegie Mellon University, his PhD in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, and was a Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. An experimental economist in the Department of Economics of McGill University and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations (CIRANO), his principal research interests focus on behavioral economics including risk and ambiguity, game theory and repeated games strategies, and central bank decision making. 

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Tabitha Sparks

Associate Professor, Department of English

Portfolio and Areas of Responsibility

The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies oversees and manages all research, prize and award, and graduate, and post-doctoral studies matters in the Faculty.

  • Oversight and coordination of research activity in the Faculty, including the management of grant application processes in the Faculty, of CRC and named chair application and renewals, as well as management of CFI applications
    • Review and signing of OSR checklists for Faculty commitments and unit chairs
    • Data analysis of Faculty grant performance
    • Faculty strategy, process and nominations for prizes and awards
    • Oversight of McGill Research Centres
    • Representing Faculty of Arts on University committees for research
  • Oversight and coordination of graduate fellowship funding, management of postdoctoral competitions and graduate student travel awards;
    • Faculty resource allocation for graduate and post-doctoral studies resources
    • Allocation of teaching support budgets (course lecturer exclusions and teaching assistantships)
    • Data tracking of Faculty graduate studies funding
    • Representing Faculty of Arts on GPS committees for graduate studies

Biography

Tabitha Sparks is an Associate Professor of English and an Associate Scholar in the Social Studies of Medicine. In 2017-2018 she was a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge (UK). She focuses on the 19th C British novel, narrative theory, literature and medicine, and feminist narratology, and her publications include A City Girl by Margaret Harkness (Ed.) (2017), Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture (co-edited with Louise Penner) (2015), The Doctor in the Victorian Novel: Family Practices (2009), The Brontës: A Critical Companion (Ed.) (2008); contributions to publications including Blackwell’s Companion to the Brontës, Blackwell’s Companion to Sensation Fiction, Women’s Writing, Victorian Literature and Culture, Hektoen, Narrative, Journal of Narrative Theory, Cultural Studies, and numerous edited collections. Her professional experience includes script adaptation for Civilizations V (Firaxis Games) and consulting for the Victorian & Albert Museum (London, UK). She has received fellowships and grants from The Dickens Project, Nines (Networked Infrastructure for 19th C Studies), Emory University, FQRSC, and the NEH. She is the representative for Canada at the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies International (Durham, UK). At McGill, she was the Director of Graduate Studies in English (2015-2017). She is currently completing a monograph on Victorian metafiction.

 

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Lucyna M. Lach

Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Portfolio and Areas of Responsibility

The Associate Dean for Student Affairs oversees and manages all undergraduate student matters in the Faculty.

  • Oversight of Arts OASIS, whose mandate includes providing advice and support to students regarding their academic path
  • Disciplinary officer for the Faculty of Arts
  • Strategic Planning; co-chair of Strategic Planning Committee with Associate Dean (Academic Administration and Oversight)
  • Representing Faculty of Arts on University committees pertaining to undergraduate student affairs

Biography

Dr. Lucyna Lach is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and an Associate Member of the Departments of Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine. As Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Lach has led a strategic planning exercise to enhance student advising. This has led to a number of initiatives to improve support that students receive from their point of entry until graduation. In this role, she has provided academic leadership and contributed to various university-wide committees addressing student success and well-being. She is currently co-chairing the Faculty of Arts Strategic Planning exercise and is chair of the Committee on Student Services, a subcommittee of Senate.

 

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