The University of Prince Edward Island Board of Governors recently accepted the recommendation of the search committee for the Dean of Education and approved the decanal appointment of Dr. Miles Turnbull for a five-year term effective July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2017. Dr. Turnbull has been interim Dean since 2011.
“I am especially pleased to erase the ‘interim’ label from Dr. Turnbull’s title as UPEI’s Dean of Education,” said Vice-President Academic Jim Randall. “Miles has already proven to be a strong leader and I look forward to working with him to further the goals of the faculty and of UPEI.”
Since 2002, Dr. Turnbull has worked in and provided leadership to UPEI’s pre-service and graduate programs. He was Coordinator of the Bachelor of Education—français langue seconde from 2002–2010. As Coordinator of Graduate Studies from 2008–2011 he led in establishing the PhD in Educational Studies, and a special cohort of the MEd program for community college educators. His research interests include French as a second language (core and immersion), code switching, teacher development, teacher beliefs, and project-based and experiential learning.
“I’m proud to be Dean of Education at UPEI,” said Turnbull. “Our faculty is an innovative, passionate, creative group of educators and educational researchers, and I join, along with them, in welcoming students to the many unique programs we offer.”
Dr. Turnbull is a past-president of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) and before joining the faculty at UPEI, was an Assistant Professor in the Modern Language Centre at OISE-University of Toronto, and worked in core and immersion French programs in three Canadian provinces. He has his BA (French) from UPEI, MA (Études françaises in teaching French as a second language) from McMaster University, and PhD in Second Language Education from the University of Toronto.