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Canadian Mennonite University announces new faculty appointments

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is pleased to announce three new faculty appointments, all to start in their roles on July 1, 2017.

jonathan dueck
Dr. Jonathan Dueck

Dr. Jonathan Dueck, Vice President Academic and Academic Dean: Dueck holds a PhD from the University of Alberta in Music (Ethnomusicology). He is currently Assistant Professor of Writing and Deputy Director of Writing in the Disciplines at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., an interdisciplinary position that gives Dueck the opportunity to work with scholars and students in a variety of different faculties. He previously taught at Duke University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Alberta.

Dueck does research in the areas of writing and music. He is coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities (2016) and author of Congregational Music, Conflict, and Community (forthcoming 2017, Routledge) as well as Performing Basketball (Oxford, under contract).

He is a graduate of Canadian Mennonite Bible College; during studies at CMBC he also took courses at Concord College and Menno Simons College. With familiarity for all three colleges that merged to form CMU, he looks forward to working at the ongoing development of the university.

"Seeing the institution that CMU has become, and the way that it's engaging the community and church and world, are really exciting for me, and something I've long wanted to be a part of," Dueck says. "I'm more convinced than ever of the vibrancy, potential, and energy of CMU."

Dueck brings impressive insight into the good of the university for church and society, says CMU President Cheryl Pauls.

"Dr. Dueck is inspired by the mission entrusted to CMU: centred on Christ, imaginative and wide-ranging in terms of inquiry, oriented toward servanthood and peacebuilding, and inter-culturally engaged," Pauls says. "The CMU learning community is deeply enthusiastic about the quality education that Jonathan will continue to envision and inspire through CMU."

Rosemary Vogt
Dr. Rosemary Vogt

Dr. Rosemary Vogt, Assistant Professor of Business: Vogt holds a PhD in Education, with a concentration in Leadership and Administration, from the University of North Dakota. She has worked as an instructor at CMU and Red River College, and done consulting work in the areas of forging strategic partnerships between industry, government, and higher education; leadership/management development; Indigenous education and training; counseling and conflict resolution; program evaluation; and researching, developing and evaluating policies and programs.

Her research interests include the way universities partner with, and serve the needs of, the communities in which they are situated. She brings considerable practical experience in various community organizations to her role as a business professor.

"I am passionate about students and I am passionate about teaching," Vogt says. "I'm looking forward to joining the faculty at CMU full-time and investing in the lives of students."

James Magnus-Johnston

James Magnus-Johnston, Instructor of Social Innovation/Director, Centre for Ecological and Economic Resilience (CEER): Magnus-Johnston holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University and has taught political studies and economics at CMU. He is interested in the political, cultural, and institutional shift towards ecological resilience, principally through the application of "steady-state" economic policies.

His research is informed by professional experience in the insolvency field, in policy positions with organizations and lawmakers, and in the communications industry as an editor.

Magnus-Johnston says that one of the things he is looking forward to about his involvement with the CEER is working with students.

"There's nothing I find more exciting than working one on one with students and finding out what problems they're seeking answers to," he says, adding that he enjoys working at CMU because the students are motivated by a greater purpose than making a buck or getting a job.

"CMU is practicing a lot of the change that we want to see in the world," he says.


Other notable CMU faculty updates

  • Assistant Professor of Music Therapy,.5: Michelle Yaciuk
  • Assistant Professor of Music Therapy,.5: Lee-Anne Adams
  • Ongoing appointment as Instructor of Conflict Resolution Studies: Karen Ridd
  • Tenure as Associate Professor of Theology: Dr. Paul Doerksen

About CMU
A Christian university in the Anabaptist tradition, CMU's Shaftesbury campus offers undergraduate degrees in arts, business, humanities, music, sciences, and social sciences, as well as graduate degrees in theology, ministry, peacebuilding and collaborative development, and an MBA. CMU has over 800 full-time equivalent students, including those enrolled in degree programs at the Shaftesbury and Menno Simons College campuses and in its Outtatown certificate program.

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Kevin Kilbrei, Director of Communications & Marketing; 204.487.3300 Ext. 621
Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB  R3P 2N2

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