Canada, 47, most recently served as dean and professor of English at the College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He’s also been chair and assistant chair of the Department of English and Theatre and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He’s won two teaching awards and published three books, a monograph, and more than 20 essays and creative works.
As vice chancellor, he will lead IU Kokomo’s academic programs, including developing and coordinating programs and courses, recruitment and development of faculty, and cultivating a culture of research and creative activity.
“Mark is an accomplished educational leader, teacher, and scholar of English,” said Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. “He will provide leadership as we continue to enhance our high quality academic programs, and grow our culture of scholarship and research. He is also an IU alumnus, and we welcome him home.”
A native of Indianapolis, Canada said IU Kokomo’s commitment to student success attracted him to the campus.
“I want to be a force to help IU Kokomo achieve its strategic goals,” he said. “For me, success means our students have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their careers, and to be the kind of leaders we need in our country. I am a great supporter and fan of experiential learning.”
Canada earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from Indiana University, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.