Veteran Education researcher and administrator Kathy Hibbert has been named Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education, for a term that runs Oct. 1-June 30, 2020, Andrew Hrymak, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) announced this week.
Hibbert has played many roles at Western since first joining the Faculty of Education as an instructor in 2000. In addition to her current roles as Associate Dean of Teacher Education, as well as Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Curriculum as a Social Practice, she is also cross-appointed to the Department of Medical Imaging in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and an affiliate member within the Department of Women’s Studies & Feminist Research and the graduate program of Health & Rehab Sciences.
For 18 years prior to joining Western, she held several teaching positions with regional school boards in southwestern Ontario.
“With the support of her colleagues within the Faculty, across campus and among our external institutional partners, I am confident Kathy will provide strong leadership while we undertake the search for the next Dean of Education,” Hrymak said on Tuesday.
The decanal selection committee has not yet been formed. A slate of candidates to serve on the committee comes before university Senate Friday.