Sociology Expert Takes the Helm of Lakehead University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

(Thunder Bay, Ontario – April 23, 2007) Lakehead University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thomas Dunk to the position of Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, effective May 1, 2007. Dr. Dunk has been a faculty member at Lakehead University since 1989, serving as Chair of the Department of Sociology between 1998 and 2006.  
Dr. Tom Dunk Dr. Dunk is a dedicated teacher who has taught Sociology courses cross-listed with Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and Northern Studies.  An active researcher, he has conducted research focusing on the study of Northwestern Ontario’s regional culture, society, and economy, and in 2006 he was recognized with a University Distinguished Researcher Award. He has served on Senate Committees, Strategic Planning task forces, and the Board of Governors at Lakehead University.
Dr. Dunk obtained a B.A. (honours) in Anthropology from the University of Alberta in 1980, an M.A. in Anthropology from McGill University in 1983, and was a Dean’s Honour List Ph.D. graduate in Anthropology at McGill University in 1989.  Prior to coming to Lakehead, Dr. Dunk held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University.
Dr. Dunk has been an appraisal committee member for the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies and an adjudication committee member and chair for SSHRC. He has also been a consulting editor for the Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology.
Dr. Laurie Hayes, Vice President (Academic) and Provost, Lakehead University, said: “Dr. Dunk has had a distinguished teaching and research career, and he is a teacher who is much loved by his students. However, Lakehead University’s administration views his new responsibilities as enabling the University to benefit more broadly from the depth and breadth of his experience. In the end, all Social Sciences and Humanities students stand to benefit. We are all looking forward to his start.”   

For further information, please contact Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications at 807-343-8372,

Lakehead University’s main campus is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Superior. With a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a worldwide reputation for innovative programs and research. Lakehead has over 7,600 students and 2,200 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Lakehead University was named Canada’s Research University of the Year 2005 in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

Last updated April 23, 2007

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