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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
June 26, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Dr. Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts, Associate Dean: Student Affairs and Special Projects

About the Associate Dean: Student Affairs and Special Projects

With more than 30 years teaching experience combined with her research, Dr. Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts is ideally suited for the position of Associate Dean of Students: Student Affairs and Special Projects at the Faculty of Arts.

She came to Laurier in 1994 as an assistant professor. Since then, she has served as Chair, and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Languages and Literatures. She has served in many committees within the Faculty of Arts and was the Senate representative for Languages and Literatures for one term. Mercedes is currently an elected Faculty representative in the Wilfrid Laurier University Board of Governors. She is also an elected Board Member of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and an elected Member of the Executive Council of the 3M National Teaching Fellows.

Focusing on issues of exile, memory and the diasporic discourse of Latin America, Rowinsky-Geurtsí research and teaching explores how the role of language and literature has an impact on our lives transforming our perception of who we are in the world and allowing us to consider the many possibilities of understanding the self. She has published in national and international peer reviewed journals. Her work has received multiple recognitions at the national and international level. Her passion for teaching has been recognized at the institutional and national level. In 2000, she was awarded the Wilfrid Laurier University Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2005, she received the Laurier Alumni Faculty Mentoring Award in recognition of her outstanding mentorship and support to undergraduate students while the students are completing independent research as part of their degree requirement. In 2008, she received the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. The community of 3M National Teaching Fellows embodies the highest ideals of teaching excellence and scholarship with a commitment to enhance the educational experience of every learner.


  • Serve as a resource for students, faculty, staff and parents on all academic matters relating to undergraduate students
  • Mentor students for a successful learning experience while at Laurier
  • Evaluate studentsí petitions relief from academic regulations
  • Deal with issues of academic misconduct
  • Assist students who have a prolonged absence for physical or psychological concerns
  • Assist students if they experience the death of an immediate family member
  • Serve as a liaison between WLU and the student's family
  • Advance conditions that enhance student learning and personal development
  • Promote the creation of purposeful, open, just, disciplined, caring and celebrative environments
  • Forge collaborative partnerships with students, faculty, staff and others to enhance student learning
  • Integrate expertise on students, their environments, and teaching and learning processes into practice
  • Involve students in all facets of the University to enhance student learning and personal development

Contact Dr. Rowinsky

519-884-0710 ext. 2785

Dean of Arts Office (DAWB 5-106)