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Dean's Corner

Richard McCutcheon, PhD

Dean, Faculty of Arts
Dean of Arts Rick McCutcheon

Dr. McCutcheon’s engagement with administrative leadership is informed by over 35 years of studies, teaching, research and service in university settings and also by his periodic work with nongovernmental organizations. Much of his scholarly and humanitarian work has focussed on issues of peace, conflict, and social justice with a particular focus on the large-scale violence experienced by the country of Iraq, where he traveled in times of war and later lived for a year with his wife as country representatives for two respected NGOs. For many years Rick was a highly regarded professor in the Conflict Resolution Studies and International Development Studies programs of Menno Simons College/The University of Winnipeg.

Prior to coming to TRU, he held academic dean roles at Menno Simons College/The University of Winnipeg and later at Algoma University in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. In these leadership roles he has enjoyed the opportunity to put his facilitation and conflict transformation skills to work.

Rick holds a BA (Hons) with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in Sociology from Brandon University, an MA in Comparative Religious Studies and a PhD in Anthropology from McMaster University. Rick is happily married and a father to a creative and energetic six-year-old boy. He enjoys photography as contemplative practice.

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