English prof appointed new Associate Dean in the Faculty of Humanities

In her new role as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Student Affairs and Curriculum in the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Neta Gordon looks forward to supporting students and programs.“The first-year space is often a difficult one to negotiate, especially for students who are new to the ever-changing university,” says Gordon, who starts the new role on Sunday, July 1. “A lot of my interest in the undergraduate experience emerges from thinking about how to make that space lively and productive.”A Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, Gordon has taught first-year students almost every year since arriving at Brock in 2002. Her teaching has been recognized with the Brock University Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011.Gordon’s experience as a Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature taught her the importance of setting up conditions so that faculty can do their best, she says, and she looks forward to encouraging connections between disciplines.“I think students gain so much from serendipitous interdisciplinarity,” she says. “I’d also like to encourage more knowledge sharing among my colleagues about our teaching experiences and our pedagogy.”In addition to serving two terms as department chair, Gordon has served on the Academic Review Committee, the BUFA Negotiating Committee and Grievance Panel, and the Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee of Senate.“Dr. Gordon has extensive administration experience at Brock which will stand her in good stead as Associate Dean,” says Dean Carol Merriam. “I am very pleased that Dr. Gordon will now turn her impressive talents to the work of the Faculty of Humanities in this new role.”


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