Dean of Students Leadership Team

André Costopoulos, PhD
Vice-Provost and Dean of Students

André Costopoulos joined the University of Alberta as Vice Provost and Dean of Students in July, 2016. Born and raised in Montreal, Costopoulos holds a BA (Hons) in anthropology from McGill, an MSc in anthropology from the Université de Montréal and a PhD in archeology from the University of Oulu, Finland.  He began his career in 1999 as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Eastern Connecticut State University. In 2001, he joined McGill as a research associate and sessional instructor in the Department of Anthropology and joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2003. From 2012 – 2016, he served as McGill's Dean of Students.

Helen Vallianatos, PhD
Associate Dean of Students

Dr. Helen Vallianatos is currently the Associate Dean of Students, in the Office of the Dean of Students, as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. As Associate Dean of Students, she works to connect the Office of the Dean of Students with faculty and staff across campus, to ensure that student needs and issues across faculties are being addressed, and to assess how to improve student experiences at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Vallianatos has also served as Associate Chair (Undergraduate Programs) in the Department of Anthropology, during which time she worked to further develop the experiential learning component of the BA Honors program. She has also incorporated community-service learning in many of her courses, which dovetails well with her collaborative, community-based research approach.

Rob Washburn
Assistant Dean, Administration

Shana Dion
Assistant Dean, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Students

Kevin Friese, MEd
Assistant Dean, Health and Wellness

Kevin's career has focused on a diverse set of commitments relating to students and student affairs taking him from student recruitment to student affairs and student health and wellness. With over eighteen years of experience in the field of health and wellness, Kevin has the privilege of leading a multidisciplinary team of health professionals on campus that use a holistic health & wellness framework to support the well-being of students, their families, faculty, and staff. He has a passion for supporting the health and well-being of our campus with a vision of creating communities in which each person is empowered to flourish and achieve their full academic and life potential. 

Janice Johnson, D.E.S.S.
Assistant Dean, Residence Life

Janice Johnson started as the Assistant Dean of Students (Residence) in January of 2017. She came to the University of Alberta following a 17-year career at McGill University, where she worked in a variety of roles in residence life and enrollment services. Prior to joining the student affairs world, Janice worked in communications and project management in the film and theatre sector. She has extensive experience in leadership positions on community boards and foundations. Janice grew up in Montreal, and studied at McGill University and Université de Montreal-HEC.

Wendy Doughty, PhD
Assistant Dean, Student Success

Wendy's career has focused on working with postsecondary students, both domestic and international, who are experiencing challenges in achieving their goals. She has extensive experience in working with mature students, students with diverse abilities, and students for whom English is not their first language. With more than 25 years of experience in adult education, both in and outside of the classroom, she remains passionate about helping students realize their dreams. She continues to balance her administrative duties with teaching so that she has a first-hand view of student needs. Wendy has taught in in three faculties at the U of A and in Inner Mongolia and Uganda. She has the privilege of leading a multidisciplinary team of professionals on campus who support the success of students in academics, career and experiential learning.

Joan Schiebelbein, MEd
Acting Assistant Dean, Student Life

Joan Schiebelbein is the Acting Assistant Dean, Student Life. She came to campus as a student and joined the Career Centre in 1988 after completing two undergraduate degrees. She received her Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education in 2005 and became the Career Centre’s Director in 2007. Joan is a strong proponent of experiential learning, and believes that through engagement in co-curricular activities students discover – and sometimes even create – career opportunities that they otherwise would not have known about.