Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette is pleased to have assisted Dalhousie University with the appointment of Dr. Arig al Shaibah as the University’s first Vice Provost of Student Affairs.
Dr. al Shaibah supports Dal students through a broad portfolio that includes: Student Wellness, Student Academic Success Services, the Dalhousie International Centre, Black Student Advising Centre, Aboriginal Advising Centre, Multifaith Centre, Athletics and Recreation, Student Life, Student Career and Leadership and the Registrar’s Office.
She comes to Dalhousie from Queen’s University, with 15 years of experience working in student affairs and advancement. Prior to that, Dr. al Shaibah spent eight years working in various non-profit organizations, including immigrant settlement services, and two years working abroad in health and education sectors.
Most recently at Queen’s, Dr. al Shaibah served as assistant dean of student affairs (student life and learning) overseeing a diverse portfolio focused on residence life, student transition and development, and academic success, and provided leadership for the university’s Aboriginal Student Centre and International Student Centre. As assistant dean, she led the development and evaluation of programs designed to support first-year student transition into the university environment and enhance student experience and academic success. Dr. al Shaibah chaired the university’s mental health, hazing prevention and sexual assault prevention and response working groups, and she was instrumental in developing the university’s Sexual Assault Support and Response Protocol. Within student affairs, she has also served in the roles of assistant dean (residence life, diversity and community development) and as director of residence life.
Dr. al Shaibah received her BScH (Life Sciences), MPA, and PhD (Education) from Queen’s University, where, in addition to her leadership within the Division of Student Affairs, she taught undergraduate courses for the departments of gender studies and geography.
As a member of both the Deans’ Council and the Provost Committee, the vice-provost, student affairs will provide a voice for student interests in discussions and decisions with both academic and non-academic administrative leadership at Dalhousie.