Vice-Provost and Dean
Dr. Brooke Milne is the Vice-Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR), effectively July 1, 2019. As Vice-Provost and Dean, Dr. Milne provides leadership for graduate education across campus by advocating for the needs of graduate students, fostering a collaborative approach to inspire curriculum renewal and interdisciplinary program innovation, prioritizing equity, inclusion and wellness for graduate students, promoting Indigenization and reconciliation, and sustaining FGSR's flagship professional development programming.
In her administrative roles in graduate education, Dr. Milne has demonstrated her commitment to students and their success, as well as an outstanding ability to build interdisciplinary bridges and partnerships, and foster links between teaching and learning. She has an excellent understanding of the needs and demands of research, the service-oriented role of the University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and the roles of graduate students.
Dr. Milne's passion for research and graduate education stems from her own work as a graduate student, a supervisor, as well as from an extensive record of graduate administrative leadership. Prior to coming to the University of Alberta, Dr. Milne was a Professor of Anthropology (Faculty of Arts), a Professor in the Centre for Earth Observation Science (Clayton Riddell Faculty of Earth, Environment, and Resources), and the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba. As Associate Dean at the University of Manitoba, she worked across disciplines to oversee a large and diverse portfolio of academic units. In addition, programs based at the Université de Sainte-Boniface and four Joint Master's Programs with the University of Winnipeg were under her leadership. Prior to becoming Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies in 2016, Dr. Milne served as the Graduate Program Chair in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba from 2011 to 2013.
Dr. Milne is an archaeological anthropologist specializing in the analysis of stone tool remains that were made and used by the earliest human populations to live in the Arctic. Dr. Milne received her BA (Honours in Anthropology) from the University of Waterloo, MA (Anthropology) from Trent University, and PhD (Anthropology) from McMaster University. She was a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario prior to joining the University of Manitoba in 2006. Dr. Milne has more than 20 years of experience working on archaeology field projects located throughout Nunavut. Her research has been supported by more than $2 million in research funding from SSHRC, CFI, Natural Resources Canada, and the Manitoba Innovation Fund, among other programs. Through her established research collaborations, Dr. Milne draws together research expertise from the archaeological, geological, and geophysical sciences to explore questions relating to human life as it is preserved in the Arctic archaeological record over the last 4000 years. Dr. Milne strongly supports experiential learning and she involves graduate and undergraduate students, as well as northern high school and college students, in her fieldwork to provide them with hands-on experience working on remote archaeological sites. Through her research programs, Dr. Milne has built and maintained lasting interdisciplinary and inter-institutional partnerships with academics, students, stakeholder communities, and private sector companies across the Canadian north both nationally and internationally.
Outside of academia, Dr. Milne has competed as an elite athlete in alpine ski racing and alpine snowboard racing, including holding the 1993 Canadian title for snowboarding giant slalom. Dr. Milne also enjoys spending as much time as possible with her daughter and French bulldog.