Dr. Margaret Edwards appointed dean of AU Faculty of Health Disciplines

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Dr. Margaret Edwards (centre), dean of the Faculty of Health Disciplines (FHD), shakes the hand of an FHD graduate at Athabasca University convocation. (Left, sitting: Dr. Cindy Ives, interim vice-president, academic. Far right, smiling: Dr. Shawn Fraser, acting dean, AU Faculty of Graduate Studies.)

Dr. Margaret Edwards (centre), dean of the Faculty of Health Disciplines (FHD), shakes the hand of an FHD graduate at Athabasca University convocation. (Left, sitting: Dr. Cindy Ives, interim vice-president, academic. Far right, smiling: Dr. Shawn Fraser, acting dean, AU Faculty of Graduate Studies.)

After serving as acting dean of Athabasca University’s Faculty of Health Disciplines (FHD) for two-and-a-half years, Dr. Margaret Edwards accepted the position of dean for the faculty for a five-year term effective Aug. 1, 2014.

“We’re grateful that Dr. Edwards has agreed to continue her contributions to AU and the Faculty of Health Disciplines in the role of dean,” said Dr. Cindy Ives, interim vice-president, academic, at AU. “Margie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position, and she’s a proven leader.”

Dr. Edwards has worked for AU in some capacity since 1990. Her roles have included professor, course coordinator for the AU Centre for Nursing and Health Studies (for the undergraduate courses and then later for the graduate courses) and associate dean for the Faculty of Health Disciplines.

She also has a broad health care background as a clinician, administrator, consultant and researcher, with published research in the fields of health care informatics, exemplary online education and older adult care givers.