|January 8, 2010|
Dr. Helene Cummins has been appointed to the position of Associate Academic Dean (Student Affairs) at Brescia University College, where she has been on faculty since 1993.
Cummins joined Brescia as a lecturer, served as Chair of Sociology from 1998-2001, and is enjoying the challenges and rewards of her new administrative role, in which she manages the Scholars Electives, Brescia Scholars, and Preliminary Year student programs.
She has been recognized for 10 years on the Dean’s Honour Roll of Teaching and earned an Award of Excellence in Teaching in 2001. “I love my students first and foremost. I love teaching; I received the first teaching award at Brescia. I love my research that plays into teaching. All of my work prepares me for this job. My work is multi-faceted, as is the role, so it all fits. You have to be able to deal with a variety of issues to benefit and help students in the best way you can,” Cummins explains.
While the administrative duties keep Cummins very busy, she continues to teach as well because she thinks the ongoing classroom interaction with students makes her a better leader. “Helping students grow and guiding them to their full potential is very fulfilling to me.”
Cummins earned her Honors B.A. in Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining Brescia’s faculty, Cummins taught at Laurier for five years. She describes working at Canada’s only women’s university as a blessing. “It’s wonderfully engaging. I found my passion. I have always felt blessed to be able to undertake teaching and research at a women’s university. I marvel at the ingenuity, wisdom, and dedication of the Ursuline Sisters. These were very savvy women who invested their lives for the enhancement of women’s education. To know that one is part of this vision that they crafted from the ground up is tremendously special.”
Cummins was appointed to the position of Associate Academic Dean (Student Affairs) in October. To date, she has most enjoyed exposing students to arts and culture to round out their educational experience and is embracing opportunities to improve existing programs for the benefit of students. “Being given the gifts to educate, assist, mentor, and socially interact with students inside and out of the classroom is tremendously rewarding. And, practising my life’s work is important and joyful. It’s also very humbling because I’m consistently reminded of how much more I need to learn and how much more I can grow.”
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For more information please contact:
Dr. Helene Cummins 519.432.8353, ext. 28055 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit www.brescia.uwo.ca