Dr. Cynthia Zutter
Cynthia Zutter was appointed Vice-Provost at MacEwan University on January 1, 2016. She holds the rank of Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science at MacEwan University where she has held an academic position since 1996. She was a collegiate student-athlete (swimming) and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in both Anthropology and Geography before earning her Master’s (1989) and Doctorate (1997) in Anthropology from the University of Alberta.
Throughout her academic career at MacEwan University, Cynthia has served in a variety of leadership roles. She was founding Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science (AEPS) in 2002, leading the implementation of majors in Anthropology, Economics and Political Science during the evolution to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Following this, in 2007, she was appointed as the first Director of the Faculty Commons, the foundational teaching and learning centre at MacEwan University. As Vice-Provost at MacEwan University, she serves as the animator of academic development projects that are identified as priorities of the university’s strategic plan including research culture development, academic program review and program changes as well as priorities linked to internationalization enterprises and student-focused curricular and learning initiatives.
Dr. Zutter has worked as an archaeologist throughout the North Atlantic region, examining past interactions and the interplay of humans in their environment. Her initial work in Iceland focused on how the original Norse settlers altered this fragile northern landscape. More recently, she has held multiple SSHRC research grants for her work on 17th and 18th century Inuit sites in Labrador. A key component of her work is the analysis of how Inuit used the limited available plants in the arctic region to supplement their diet and economy.