StFX announces new Academic Vice President & Provost

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Dr. Amanda Cockshutt

St. Francis Xavier University is pleased to announce that Dr. Amanda Cockshutt has been appointed as the Academic Vice President & Provost, effective May 1, 2022.   

Dr. Cockshutt comes to the university from Mount Allison University where she served as the Dean of Science and Graduate Studies. Dr. Cockshutt has served in several leadership positions during her tenure at Mount Allison, including as Head of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. She is described by her colleagues as visionary, effective, results-oriented, an extremely hard worker, an unwavering voice of support for students and an engaging leader.   

Dr. Cockshutt is an educator who engages and inspires students. She is the recipient of both the J.WE. A. Crake Teaching Award in the Faculty of Science at Mount Allison and the Herbert & Leota Tucker teaching award, Mount Allison’s highest award of teaching excellence. She is a scholar of biochemistry with a research focus on the molecular biology of marine picocyanobacteria. Her research program has attracted funding from sources including NSERC and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.   

In 2004, Dr. Cockshutt started a federally incorporated biotech company, Environmental Proteomics NB Inc., and was its founding CEO and currently serves at the Chief Scientific Officer. Through her career path, she has maintained an active research program with numerous publications and citations. She has served as the Academic Editor for PLoS ONE since 2014, and on the Evaluation Group for the NSERC CREATE program and on the Fulbright Canada Scholars & Scholarships Adjudication Committee.