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Brian Stevenson

e-dition - March 23, 2007

Brian Stevenson:
Vice-President Academic

By Vivian Belik

For Brian Stevenson, working at The University of Winnipeg as the new Vice-President Academic has provided him the opportunity to see his academic career move full circle.

“When I applied for this position, I was looking for a relatively small university where I could find the close personal connections that embodied my undergraduate days at the University of Victoria. The University of Winnipeg represented going back to what I felt was the best type of educational environment one can have.”

Stevenson originates from Victoria but spent most of his life growing up in Mexico. He returned to British Columbia as a young adult, graduating from the University of Victoria with a BA (Honours) in Political Science and a major in philosophy as well as an MA focusing on public policy. After receiving his PhD at Queen’s, Stevenson taught in Mexico at the prestigious Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and then at the University of Alberta School of Business. He then worked in Ottawa as a senior policy adviser in the Department of Foreign Affairs, working first on trade matters and then on foreign policy. He returned to the University of Alberta as Vice-Provost and Associate Vice President (International) and then took a leave to work in Washington D.C. in a senior position at the Organization of American States.

Academics & Students Lifelines of UWinnipeg
As VP Academic, Stevenson has kept international issues at the heart of his work. “I'm very passionate about promoting internationalization at UWinnipeg. This involves not only creating exchanges for international students to come to Winnipeg and our students to go abroad, but it also involves developing an academic environment that highlights international issues in all programs.”

Although Stevenson admits that much of his job consists of very long days filled with meetings, he is energized by his work and mostly, by his interactions with students, deans and professors at the university.

“For me dealing with academic issues and dealing with students are two deeply interrelated sets of issues; these are the lifelines of the University,” emphasizes Stevenson, who tries to leave his office as much as possible to interact with people on campus.

“It is there, talking with students and professors, that the real learning goes on.”

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