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July 22, 2014

Dr. Helen Pearce is announced as Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design.

Fanshawe College's Senior Vice-President Academic Gary Lima today announced the appointment of Dr. Helen Pearce as Fanshawe's Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design, effective July 28, 2014.

“Helen's years of experience and her enthusiasm for Fanshawe make her a great asset for this position,” says Gary Lima. “Helen brings a global outlook to her perspective and we are thrilled to welcome her into this exciting role.”

Pearce joined Fanshawe as chair of the School of Design five years ago. She began her career as a news reporter/announcer and news director in London, Windsor and Vancouver and hosted a cross-Canada radio interview show before turning her attention to education.Helen Pearce

Pearce taught broadcasting and communications at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia for 12 years. During that time she received the National Campus and Community Radio Association Standard Radio Award of Excellence for Community Broadcasting and a nomination for a Woman of Distinction award for her work to acquire Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approval to launch a campus/instructional radio station, Village 900. For five years while at Camosun she had partial teaching release to work with faculty to incorporate educational technology into their practice and help establish a Teaching and Learning Centre.

She left Camosun College to spend five years as the chair of media and design programs at the women's and men's colleges with the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. After returning to Canada, Helen worked at Algonquin College as the chair of Design for one year prior to joining Fanshawe.

Pearce's education includes a doctorate in education from the University of Calgary, a master's degree in distance education, a bachelor of journalism (honors) degree, a post-graduate diploma in educational technology, and a certificate in English language teaching to adults.

This appointment follows a nation-wide search process involving an advisory committee that assisted with the search and hiring. Pearce replaces former dean Gary Lima, who was appointed as senior vice-president academic in April 2014.