Dr. Craig Monk
Dr. Craig Monk will become MacEwan University’s provost and vice-president, academic, on February 1, 2019, following nine months as provost, pro tempore. He holds a concurrent appointment as professor in the Department of English, and he served as dean of MacEwan's Faculty of Arts and Science from 2013 to 2018. He was previously professor of English at the University of Lethbridge, where he was appointed first as assistant dean (Students) and, then, as associate dean in its Faculty of Arts and Science. He served as the founding chair of the steering committee of its Centre for the Advancement of Excellence in Teaching and Learning and as founding coordinator of its Academic Writing Program. He received their Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007.
In his current administrative role, he serves as the principal academic officer for MacEwan and leads a talented and dedicated team of deans and academic associate vice-presidents in the shared pursuit of an exemplary undergraduate experience for students. Craig is committed to viewpoint diversity in the academy and is proud of the dedication our institution has made both to tenure and to academic freedom as it established itself as an “undergraduate university” under Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act. He is dedicated to growing an institution that both reflects and engages the community it serves.
Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Craig received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Memorial University, an M.A. from Western University, and M.St. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University, where he held a Rothermere Fellowship at Linacre College. He was awarded further research fellowships from Indiana, Texas, and Yale. His research, dealing with topics in American literature, autobiography, modernism, and publishing history, has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is author of Writing the Lost Generation: Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism (University of Iowa Press), and he completed a term as co-editor of American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography (Ohio State University Press).
He lives in the Edmonton river valley with his partner, Brenda Hubley, a health care administrator. In his free time, he reads widely on contemporary topics and curates the kind of music collection to which teenagers used to aspire. He starts each day with a sudoku puzzle.