Provost and Vice-President, Academic


Dr. Craig Monk 

Dr. Craig Monk has been provost and vice-president, academic at MacEwan University since May 2018. He holds a concurrent appointment as professor in the Department of English, and he served a full term as dean of MacEwan’s Faculty of Arts and Science from 2013 to 2018.

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. He has appointed or reappointed all ten members of this leadership team, bringing seven new leaders to MacEwan from institutions across Canada. Dr. Monk is committed to viewpoint diversity in the academy and is proud of the further dedication our institution has made to tenure and to academic freedom in our Collective Agreement as we established ourselves as an “undergraduate university” under Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act. He wrote and got unanimous approval across campus for MacEwan’s “Statement on Free Expression,” the first such original statement adopted in the province, and he remains the sponsor for our “Free Expression on Campus” policy.

He is dedicated to helping grow an institution that both reflects and engages the community it serves. Dr. Monk participated proudly in the development of Teaching Greatness: Strategic Vision 2030, a growth framework for MacEwan that honours our place in O-day’min. Over the past decade, he has been involved directly in the recruitment of hundreds of new faculty colleagues across every academic department at MacEwan, and he oversaw the growth of additional teaching and research support for the academy. He also implemented a new structure for student services, including a hub-and-spoke advising model, as we seek to expand our student numbers beyond 20,000. He completed the university’s first mandate renewal in a decade and helped establish our first General Faculties Council, the foundation for our collegial governance, and served as its first chair during twelve months of transition. He works now with the President by co-chairing, with faculty colleagues, council standing committees focused, amongst other things, on quality assurance. As his main philanthropic interest, he supports Bent River Records, MacEwan University’s own record label.

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Dr. Monk 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 University, the University of Texas, and Yale University. His research, dealing with topics in American literature, autobiography, modernism, and publishing history, has twice 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 five-year term as co-editor of the journal of record in his field of scholarly expertise, American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography (Ohio State University Press).

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.

Strategic Enrolment Management Committee

The Strategic Enrolment Management Committee is a standing committee of Provost’s Group and provides leadership on enrolment planning for the university.

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