Dr. Vianne Timmons, who grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador, became the 13th president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland in April 2020.
She spent her early career in Alberta and British Columbia before returning to Atlantic Canada in 1992 to join St. Francis Xavier University as chair of the education department. She later joined the University of Prince Edward Island, serving as that institution’s vice-president for academic development from 2001 until becoming president of the University of Regina in 2008.
Vianne Timmons has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Allison University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Acadia University, a Master of Education degree from Gonzaga University and a PhD in education psychology from the University of Calgary.
During her career, she has maintained an active and wide-ranging research program. She has authored or edited nine books, written more than a dozen book chapters, authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and presented more than 200 invited lectures about her work.
In 2017, she was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada – one of Canada’s highest civilian honours – for her longstanding work in the areas of inclusive education for persons with disabilities, family literacy and women’s leadership.
Vianne Timmons will speak during conference Session Six on June 4.