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New dean appointed for STM

By Jacquie Berg


SASKATOON — President Terrence Downey announced that the St. Thomas More College (STM) Search and Appointment Committee for the Dean has completed its deliberations and the board of governors has accepted his recommendation that Dr. Arul Kumaran be appointed dean of St. Thomas More College for a five-year term effective July 1, 2016.

With a focus in his new role to continue improving and expanding student offerings, which historically have made STM in its federated status a unique and valuable complement to the University of Saskatchewan, Kumaran states, “I am confident that the college’s commitment to excellence in teaching and research, incorporated within the key pillars of the new strategic plan, will serve to maintain and strengthen the legacy of STM moving forward.”

Kumaran received his BA, MA, and MPhil degrees in English literature from the Madras Christian College in India, where he also taught as an assistant professor. Specializing in early modern literature, Kumaran came to the University of Saskatchewan in 1994 to complete his PhD. While finishing his doctoral work, Kumaran worked as a sessional lecturer at St. Thomas More College. He has also taught at St. Francis Xavier University and UBC — Okanagan.

Kumaran was hired by St. Thomas More College as assistant professor in a tenure-track position in 2005. He currently holds the rank of associate professor of English and served as head of STM’s English department from 2012 - 2015.

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