Dean of Arts

Lesley Cormack, PhD

Education & Career Highlights:

  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • BA, University of Calgary
  • President, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science
  • Chair, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta
  • Associate Dean of Student Programs, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta
  • Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Early modern science, specializing in geography and mathematics in 16th century England


Responsibilities as Dean:

  • Provides strategic leadership to the Faculty
  • Directs the Faculty's fund development and communications activities
  • Represents the Faculty externally to government, business, the local community and international partners
  • Chairs the Faculty Council, Executive Committee, Faculty Evaluation Committee, Chairs Council and Dean's Office Group
  • Represents the Faculty at General Faculties Council, Dean's Council, the SSHRC Deans Group and generally in its relations with the central administration of the University
  • Oversees all Faculty operations and the implementation of all University and Faculty policies in the Faculty
  • In concert with the Assistant Dean (Administration), oversees the management of the Faculty's finances
  • History of Science Society
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science
  • Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies
  • British Society for the History of Science
Personal Interests and Hobbies:
  • Theatre (attending and performing)
  • Reading
  • Attending my sons' soccer games
  • Walking the dog in the river valley

A Favorite Quote:
"The fundamental job of the imagination in ordinary life, then, is to produce, out of the society we have to live in, a vision of the society we want to live in."
- Northrop Frye, The Educated Imagination

Click here to go to Dean Cormack's faculty page at the Department of History and Classics.

Phone: 780.492.4223