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Executive Committee

Allison Muri

Allison Muri

Allison Muri (Chair)

Professor Allison Muri has been a faculty member in the Department of English since 2004. Her research focuses on Digital Humanities applications to the study of Eighteenth-century literature, history, and culture. First elected a member of the USFA Executive in 2016, she has been active with the USFA since 2009 as a member of the Joint Committee for the Management of the Agreement (JCMA), JCMA Caucus, and the USFA Negotiating Committee and Caucus. She has served as Co-Chair of JCMA, Chair of the USFA Communications Committee and is the Association’s Chief Negotiator.

Doug Chivers lectures a biology class about electro-magnetic sensory perception in fish.

Doug Chivers lectures a biology class about electro-magnetic sensory perception in fish.

Doug Chivers (Vice-Chair)

Professor Chivers is an accomplished behavioural and evolutionary ecologist who has recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London and Ecology Letters. He is currently the Rawson Professor of Biology. He is a former USFA Chair who has worked hard to build a strong working relationship between the Association and University administration, and who continues to work towards successful outcomes with regards to terms and conditions of employment.

Geraldine Balzer

Geraldine Balzer (Secretary)

Dr. Geraldine Balzer is an Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Her experiences teaching Inuit students led to her interest in decolonizing pedagogies and transformative education. Her teaching focuses on ways of disrupting the hegemony of standard English and embracing the diversity of Englishes within our world, incorporating Aboriginal and postcolonial literature into secondary classrooms, and preparing teachers to be advocates of social justice. Her research focuses on decolonization and social justice. She works with teachers to explore the use of diverse literary texts and literary theory in order to engage students in critical thinking about societal issues. She also studies International Experiential Education/Service Learning and its impact on Canadian participants and host communities in Central America. A central focus of this research is to ensure that Indigenous host communities in the Global South have voice in the development and implementation of these programs. Reciprocity is central to developing research that is not an extractive industry but is co-owned by the researchers and the communities.

Lénaïc Couëdel

Lénaïc Couëdel is a faculty member in Physics & Engineering Physics.

Susan Fowler-Kerry at the equator in Uganda

Susan Fowler-Kerry at the equator in Uganda

Susan Fowler-Kerry

Susan Fowler-Kerry is a Full Professor in the College of Nursing. During her tenure on faculty she has developed a successfully funded international program of research in the area of pediatric pain and palliative care. As a result she has served as a consultant with several International organizations including the World Health Organization, George Soros Foundation, and the Middle East Cancer Consortium. Recently, she was invited to participate with the Bill Clinton Foundation targeting pain resulting from HIV/AIDs in children in Africa. She has recently published her second book, Pediatric Palliative Care: Global Perspectives. She has served on the executive for 3 terms assuming the roles of Chair of Personnel, Committee on Women’s Issues, Constitution and 2 terms as Treasurer.

John Gjevre (Treasurer)

Professor Gjevre is a faculty member in the Department of Medicine.

Eric Neufeld (seated) gets some tips on iPad programming at Ideas Inc. from some former students.

Eric Neufeld (seated) gets some tips on iPad programming at Ideas Inc. from some former students.

Eric Neufeld

Professor Neufeld is a former head of the Department of Computer Science, where he has an interdisciplinary research program. Eric served has had various roles with the USFA.

Julita Vassileva

Julita Vassileva is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science.

Patricia Farnese

Patricia Farnese (right) as part of the Canadian Delegation to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands where she is chairing negotiations between countries on a climate change resolution.

Patricia Farnese (Sr. Grievance Officer)

Professor Farnese is an Associate Professor in the College of Law. She serves on a number of USFA committees including the Grievance Committee.

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