New Dean of Arts & Science Humanities Announced

April 2, 2019

Dr. David Ellis appointed new dean at Trent University

David Ellis smiling to the camera.

The Provost’s Office at Trent University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David Ellis as the new dean of Arts & Science – Humanities, effective July 1, 2019 for a five year term.

Professor Ellis brings to this position the experience and knowledge he achieved as acting dean of Arts & Science, Science (2017/18). He has a comprehensive understanding of the responsibility centered management model and resource allocation. Prof. Ellis has been instrumental in leading the development of new programming at the University; he conceived of and led the development of the International Trent/Swansea dual B.Sc./B.Eng. degrees and Trent’s Medical Professional Stream. He avidly encourages students in this stream to enroll in degrees and courses beyond the sciences to obtain the skills that are required to be successful medical professionals. As acting dean, Prof. Ellis was responsible for providing direction to undergraduate academic units to foster an environment of excellence in learning, teaching and research. As both an advocate and mentor, he was responsive to the needs of faculty and students, ensuring student success and offering high quality programs. Prof. Ellis’ skills and experience are well-placed to provide leadership to the Humanities at Trent.

“I’d heard of the excellence of Trent University’s Humanities division long before I came to Peterborough,” said Prof. Ellis. “Trent’s Humanities are recognized worldwide for producing top notch students who meet the requirements to be competitive in today’s job market. All professions require some level of humanities’ knowledge and expertise. I am excited to be offered the opportunity to work with our talented faculty in the further evolution of the division at Trent.”

Prof. Ellis has been a faculty member at Trent University since 2004 in the department of Chemistry. He is the coordinator of the Medical Professional Stream and is associated with the Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods and Environmental and Life Sciences graduate programs. He has served as chair of the cyclical program review committee, departmental chair in Chemistry and has been a member of Senate, and departmental personnel and curriculum committees.