Augustana announces new dean

Demetres Tryphonopoulos appointed Dean of Augustana Faculty and Executive Officer of Augustana Campus, effective July 1.

Tia Lalani - 11 January 2019

Demetres Tryphonopoulos will be bringing an impressive background and a sense of excitement to his newly appointed position as dean of Augustana, beginning July 1, 2019.

Over a 30-year long academic career spanning institutions in Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba, Demetres Tryphonopoulos has acted as a faculty and school dean, aided in the creation of a $110 million institution-wide fundraising and branding campaign, supervised dozens of graduate students and taught a great number of undergraduate students, all alongside an impressive research record which includes 15 books, numerous articles and chapters and uninterrupted research funding. He will be bringing his impressive background and an excitement to take on the new role as dean of Augustana beginning July 1.

"My two predecessors have done much to position Augustana as an integral part of the University of Alberta," said Tryphonopoulos. "I am hoping that I'll be able to work collaboratively with members of the academic but also the wider communities in order to strengthen even more Augustana's considerable reputation."

Three years at Brandon University and previous experience at the University of New Brunswick arm Tryphonopoulos with a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges that face a small, rural campus. His leadership experience and record of having promoted interdisciplinary teaching and pedagogy make him especially valuable at this time, as Augustana continues to adapt to its new academic calendar and move toward exciting curriculum changes. Over the next six months, Tryphonopoulos hopes to "become more familiar with current students and their aspirations and needs as well as with faculty and staff and their vision for Augustana."

In addition to advancing the Faculty and working administratively and academically, Tryphonopoulos is looking forward to getting to know the wider Camrose community. "During my visit to Camrose in December for my interview, I met a few members of the local community and was greatly impressed by their passion for Augustana," Tryphonopoulos explained. "As much as anything else, I look forward to establishing solid and warm relationships with members of the local community to whom I'll look for direction, new ideas and support."

While working to get familiar with Augustana, Tryphonopoulos will also be busy chairing search committees in the Faculty of Arts at Brandon University. "While I'll continue to think about my move to Alberta, I'll also focus on making certain that I leave the Faculty of Arts at Brandon University in the best shape possible," he said.