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Terry Chapman named dean of arts at MHC

April 17, 2013

Long-time instructor Terry Chapman has been named dean of arts at Medicine Hat College.

Chapman is well known in the community for her political analysis, and has been an instructor at MHC since 1986. She has taught countless students in history, political science and sociology, and has also been a program coordinator for humanities and social sciences for the past several years.

Chapman has served as interim dean since September, when the position was vacated by Len Vandervaart, who is now vice president of academic.

“I’ve enjoyed being an administrator,” she said. “It’s a new challenge and a new opportunity to serve students in a different way.”

The move to dean will see Chapman concentrate on administrative duties, but she said she still hopes to teach an occasional course.

“I’d like to still be on the front line and have a continued understanding of what it’s like to be an instructor in post-secondary,” she said.

Vandervaart said she’s a “phenomenal teacher” and looks forward to continuing to work with her as a dean.

“She takes that knowledge and that experience from the classroom and brings it into the meeting rooms. She reminds us all of what it will take to support that kind of teaching and learning environment,” he said. “She brings years of commitment to students to the college, and that’s what we’re getting from her in this role.”

Chapman received her master of arts in Canadian history from University of Calgary and her doctorate in Canadian history from University of Alberta.

She will continue to provide political analysis to media outlets in her new position.