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Queen's University

Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

Ms. Ann Tierney


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Comprehensive portfolio of student engagement and support programs and services, complementing those offered by student governments

  • Facilitate students’ engagement with each other and the broader community to promote intellectual and personal growth, cross-cultural skills, and preparation to be engaged and effective citizens

  • Support the development of student leaders; facilitates and enhances their role in governance of the institution

  • Representation and communication of the diverse voices of students within the administration

Phone: 613-533-6944


Ann was appointed Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs at Queen’s in July 2011. In this position she is responsible for a comprehensive range of services to support undergraduate and graduate students from first year through to graduation. The constituent departments of Student Affairs include academic learning support, Health Counseling and Disability Services, Residence and Food Services, Athletics and Recreation, Career Services, Community Service Learning, the Ban Righ Centre and the Four Directions Aboriginal Centre. Within these departments is a wide range of programs and services to promote student development and learning, enhance the student experience at Queen’s, and contribute to the creation of an environment for student success and student engagement in academic pursuits and the co-curricular life of the university.

Ann returned to Queen’s to take up this post as she graduated from the Queen’s Faculty of Law in 1989 and worked there from 1997 to 2003. Ann went to Carleton University where she served as Dean of Students and then Associate Vice-President, Student and Academic Support Services from 2003 to 2007. In 2007 Ann joined the University of Calgary as Vice Provost (Students) where she worked until July of 2011. Ann's list of accomplishments in these roles is extensive and includes the establishment of Carleton's First-Year Experience Office, improvement of the university's orientation program for new students and their families, development of a peer mentoring program, and the establishment of offices for career development and cooperative education. She also developed a strategy to increase support for international students. At the University of Calgary Ann established the Student Success Centre, the University’s first renewable scholarship program, the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, a comprehensive student leadership and mentoring program and was instrumental in increasing the University’s application and student retention rates.

Ann is a lawyer by training and practiced in Toronto and Kingston for several years. Ann holds her Master of Public Administration from Queen's University's School of Policy Studies.  She earned her Bachelor of Law from Queen's in 1989 and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Carleton in 1986. 

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000