Faculty Governance

Vice-Dean of Faculty Affairs

Dennis Kunimoto, MD FRCP(C)

Dr. Kunimoto graduated from the University of Alberta medical school in 1980. He undertook a residency in internal medicine at the University of Alberta and subspecialty training in infectious diseases at the University of Manitoba. This was followed by three years of research training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, in the areas of immunology and molecular biology.

Since joining the U of A’s Division of Infectious Diseases in 1988, Dr. Kunimoto has served in numerous leadership and administrative roles. He has either led or has been a member on committees involved in many different aspects of clinical service, medical education, research and administration for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, the University of Alberta and University of Alberta Hospital, as well as provincially and nationally.

He has performed committee work related to information management and electronic medical records, academic evaluation and appeals and residency training, among others.

Dr. Kunimoto’s research interests centre on the immunology and molecular biology of mycobacteria. His clinical interests include tuberculosis, hepatitis C and HIV.

Dr. Kunimoto has served as the medical director of the Edmonton Tuberculosis Clinic, as the faculty’s interim chair of the Department of Medicine and, most recently, as interim dean. 

Role of Vice-Dean, Faculty Affairs

Main Accountabilities

  • Provide strategic leadership and advice to the dean and faculty on academic issues.
  • Act as the faculty's lead for the development and implementation of Academic Alternative Relationship Plans (AARPs).
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of faculty committees.
  • Co-ordinate FoMD search-and-selection processes.
  • Foster the development of academic leadership.
  • Co-ordinate selected reviews, representing the dean as delegated.
  • Represent the dean in his/her absence as delegated.
  • Administer FoMD Faculty Council meetings.
  • Chair:
    • FoMD Nominating Committee
    • FoMD Space Committee
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Voting member:
    • Dean's Executive Committee
    • Chairs' Executive Committee
    • Chairs' Committee
    • Information Management Steering Committee 
  • Non-voting member:
    • Faculty Evaluation Committee
  • Alternate for the dean for:
    • Zone Medical Advisory Council
    • Alberta Medical Association Representative Forum

Specific Responsibilities

  • Mediate academic grievances and disputes.
  • Faculty representative for:
    • Alberta Medical Association Advisory Committee on Academic Medicine
    • Edmonton Clinic South Steering Committee
    • AHS manpower planning
    • UAH space committee