Royal Roads welcomes Dr. Veronica Thompson
Dr. Veronica Thompson has joined Royal Roads as vice-president academic and provost! We are so pleased to have Veronica on campus to start the new year as we advance our new vision and move into our next 25 years delivering innovative online, on-campus and blended education.
Dr. Thompson served in a variety of academic and administrative positions at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal College, Red Deer College and Athabasca University, where she was dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and associate professor of English.
With a PhD in English from the University of Queensland (2002), Veronica also attended the University of Calgary, where she completed a Master of Arts in English (1991) and a Bachelor of Arts in English (1985). Her current research explores power, injustice, identity and belonging, and she is a founding member of the Challenging Precarity Research Network. Having studied diverse topics from maternity and imperialism, to postcolonial South African literature, to literary representations of terrorism, all through a postcolonial lens, Veronica says she’s drawn to understanding stories—both in terms of who holds the pen and who is central to the narrative.
In the last nine years, Veronica mobilized an increasingly diverse complement of faculty at Athabasca, with more than 80 per cent of new positions in her faculty being filled by those with diverse or intersectional identities. Veronica is excited about the direction that Royal Roads has charted, and is looking forward to meeting the rest of the Royal Roads family.
Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Dr. Thompson.