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Dean of the Graduate School Blacksburg, VA

From a strong pool of candidates, Aimée Surprenant, associate vice president (academic) and dean of the School of Graduate Studies for Memorial University of Newfoundland, has been selected to fill the role of Dean of the Graduate School at Virginia Tech, effective September 1.

Surprenant brings a wealth of leadership experience to Virginia Tech and a distinguished record of accomplishment as an academician, researcher, and administrator. As associate vice president and dean at Memorial University, Surprenant successfully led a program portfolio of more than 120 graduate diploma, master's, and doctoral degree programs for over 4,000 graduate students, and guided the university’s strategic graduate enrolment management planning and recruitment processes. She also was responsible for the leadership and growth of graduate student funding and partnered with Memorial’s Graduate Council to advance policies and curricula to promote continuing improvement of and innovation in graduate programs.

Surprenant is a respected expert in the field of psychology and research in the intersection of auditory perception and memory. She has co-authored two books, "Human Memory: An Introduction to Research, Data, and Theory" and "Principles of Memory," and authored, edited, and contributed to numerous book chapters, papers, publications, and other scholarly articles. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. She has also served as chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee for the Canadian Psychological Association and is active in Science Atlantic and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science.

Surprenant is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science for her distinguished, sustained, and exceptional contributions to the society and to the advancement of the field of brain, behavior, and cognitive science. She is also a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Psychonomic Society. Surprenant holds a Ph.D., Master of Philosophy, and Master of Science degrees in psychology from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from New York University.

Pam Pezzoli led this search with Jeff Kessner.


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