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Dr. Pascale Sicotte appointed Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

We are very sorry to see her leave us, but excited for Dr. Sicotte’s new role and position in the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Office effective immediately.

Dr. Sicotte has acted as department head for the past four years leading us through a department merge in 2014 – not an easy thing to do. Under her leadership, colleagues in the department have worked on creating a culture of respect, support and collegiality. During her tenure as head, the department also successfully recruited a number of fantastic new scholars. The Dean’s office recognizes that Dr. Sicotte is a champion of students and staff, faculty and alumni. She works hard to facilitate success in everyone and this is reflected in the ongoing success of our department.

Dr. Sicotte graduated with a PhD in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal in 1993. Her work deals with the socio-ecology and social dynamics of primates. She joined the University of Calgary in 1996, after having served as the Director of the Karisoke Research Center in 1993-94, and after a limited-term appointment at McMaster University. Over the last 30 years, she has conducted fieldwork in Rwanda, working with mountain gorillas, and more recently in Ghana, working on black and white colobus in the community forest of Boabeng-Fiema. Dr. Sicotte’s research, supported by NSERC, investigates influences on female dispersal decisions, and in recent years in particular, she has focused her work on female and infant strategies against male infanticide. In her 22 years at the U of C, she has graduated over 20 MA and five PhD students, most of them working with her on the black and white colobus. Dr. Sicotte has also organized a very popular field school to Ghana, in operation since 2001, which has introduced a large number of undergraduate students to primate field research.