Capilano University announces new Associate Vice President, Creative Activity, Research and Scholarship & Graduate Studies

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Dawn Whitworth, associate vice-president, creative activity, research and scholarship & graduate studies at Capilano University

Dawn Whitworth has been promoted to the newly created role of associate vice-president, creative activity, research and scholarship (CARS) & graduate studies, as of June 20, 2022.

In her new role, Whitworth will be responsible for providing leadership, oversight and strategic vision for creative activity, research and scholarship, as well as an emergent focus on graduate studies at the University. She will be representing the University locally and nationally to grow government, community, industry and institutional connections that will contribute to sustainable support and funding for faculty and student creative activity, research and scholarship.

With over 20 years of leadership experience developed in England and Canada, she has led CARS at Capilano University since August 2019. Prior to Capilano University, her most recent roles have included leading CARS development at UBC and Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Dawn holds a doctorate in educational leadership from SFU and a master’s degree in cultural management from the UK. Additionally, she currently serves on CapU's 2SLGBTQ+ Presidents Advisory Committee, Senate Teaching and Learning Committee, Howe Sound Biosphere Working Group, and nationally she sits on the Mitacs Advisory Committee for Teaching Institutions and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Leaders Group.

We are pleased to celebrate this new role for Dawn Whitworth as Capilano University's inaugural associate vice-president of CARS & graduate studies.


Laureen Styles, EdD
VP, Academic & Provost


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