To the campus community:

Welcome to fall term 2017.

This year, we have five new faculty members and one new librarian joining the Mount community. We are very excited to have these new colleagues with us. Our students, as well as faculty and staff, will benefit from their expertise, research, energy and enthusiasm.

Below you will find brief biographies for each new faculty member and librarian. I encourage you to reach out and meet them. As well, please watch for longer stories about each of them that will appear this fall from Public Affairs.

Please join me in welcoming these new faculty to the Mount.

Best wishes,

Elizabeth Church, PhD
Vice-President Academic and Provost
Mount Saint Vincent University

New faculty and librarian (2017-2018)

Dr. Sherry Pictou, Women’s Studies
Dr. Pictou, a Mi’kmaw woman from L’sɨtkuk (Bear River First Nation), Nova Scotia, joined the Department of Women’s Studies on July 1, 2017, several months after completing her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Program at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include decolonization of treaty relations, Indigenous women’s role in food and lifeways in land based practices, Indigenous refusal politics and Indigenous knowledge systems. Dr. Pictou has considerable experience in political, policy, and activist work with indigenous communities and currently serves on the Coordinating Committee of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples and on the SSHRC Aboriginal Advisory Circle implementation plan for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action 65.

Dr. Sarah Reddington, Child and Youth Study
Dr. Reddington joined the Department of Child and Youth Study on July 1, 2017. She completed her PhD in Critical Disability Studies and Education at the University of South Australia and her MEd in Inclusive Education at Acadia University. Dr. Reddington’s research in the field of critical disability studies is concerned with the relationship between special education practices, medicalized notions of disability experience and how they impact young people’s subjectivities and everyday practices. Her work engages with poststructural thinking, affect theory, posthumanism, Deleuzoguattarian theory, queer theory, diffraction and new materialism to challenge the conditions of disablism.
Ms. Sandra Schwab, Librarian
Ms. Schwab joined the Mount in July as a Librarian I specializing in data services, user experience, and engagement. She is also the Liaison Librarian for Education and Child & Youth Study. She holds a BEd (Secondary), an MA (Humanities Computing), and an MLIS from the University of Alberta. She has worked as an instructional designer for a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) called the “History of Video Games,” as a programmer for the Edmonton Public Library’s Makerspace, and as a data assistant with the University of Alberta Libraries’ Digital Initiatives unit.

Dr. Mohammad Siddiquee, Business (Finance)
Dr. Siddiquee comes to the Mount from the University of New Brunswick. His research focuses on behavioural finance as well as the psychology of decision-making, particularly in investment management. Influenced by the works of Benjamin Graham and his disciple Warren Buffett, Dr. Siddiquee also studies value investing and has co-developed a simple value investing decision-making tool. Originally from Bangladesh, Dr. Siddiquee attended Jahangirnagar University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration in 2001 and 2002. He received his MBA in 2012 and PhD in 2017 from the University of New Brunswick.
Dr. Nathaniel Street, English
Dr. Street holds a BA in Philosophy from Valparaiso University, Indiana, an MA in English and a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Street comes to the Mount with an admirable teaching record, having most recently held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University and having won two teaching awards while at USC. His research brings together rhetorical theory and writing pedagogy, and he has presented his work at several international conferences. He is currently working on a book-length study of writing as a pedagogical method that determines a person’s rhetorical capacity to respond to specific situations. Dr. Street will be the Writing Coordinator for the Department of English.

Dr. Tianyuan Yu, Business (Management)
Dr. Yu holds a PhD in Management from Sun Yat-Sen University, China and is completing a second PhD in Management at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University. Dr. Yu has had extensive academic experience both in Canada and in China. She was an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Business Administration at Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai (2003 to 2013), where she won many awards for her teaching excellence. From 2013 to 2016, she had a term position as an Assistant Professor at Saint Mary’s University and taught part-time there as well. Dr. Yu’s research interests include cross-cultural management, management, and organization history.