New Dean appointed for St. Thomas More College

Dr. Tammy Marche (PhD) is the next Dean of St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon. (STM photo)

Release from St. Thomas More College (STM)

STM President Carl Still recently announced that Dr. Tammy Marche (PhD) will be the next Dean of St. Thomas More College, following Dean Kumaran, whose term concludes this June.

Following an internal search process, Marche’s appointment was recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee for the Appointment of the Dean and was approved by the College’s Board of Governors. Her five-year, renewable appointment as Dean will begin on July 1, 2021 and extend until June 30, 2026.

Marche received her BSc in Mathematics (1985) and her BSc Honours in Psychology (1986) from St. Francis Xavier University. She then completed her MSc (1988) and PhD (1993) in Experimental Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She joined STM in 1992 as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and was subsequently appointed Assistant Professor in 1993. She was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and then to Professor in 2013.

Marche has a long and distinguished record of administrative service and leadership at STM. She was Department Head of Psychology from 2003-2004 and 2009-2015 and Acting Department Head of Sociology from 2015-2017. She served as Assistant Dean from 2004-2007 and was appointed Associate Dean in 2017. Over the course of her career, she has served on every major committee at STM and has represented STM on numerous committees at the University of Saskatchewan, especially in the College of Arts and Science.

Marche is also an accomplished teacher and mentor, having offered 14 different courses in Psychology from the introductory to the graduate level. She has supervised 12 graduate theses to completion as well as 39 undergraduate honours theses. Marche received the USSU Teaching Excellence Award in 1999 and the STM Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.

Marche’s research expertise is in cognitive development and memory. She has received funding for her research from federal agencies, including SSHRC and CIHR, as well as from provincial, university, and college grants. Her publications include a co-edited book and 28 research papers with colleagues and students. Marche has produced 76 research papers and posters for conferences. From 2017 to 2020 she served as Associate Editor of Developmental Review.

The Dean is the senior academic officer of the College and a key member of the College’s senior administrative team. The Dean oversees the College’s academic programs and planning, faculty recruitment and career development, student services and the Dean’s office, and the federation relationship with the University of Saskatchewan. In this last capacity the Dean serves as a key liaison with the Dean and Vice-Deans of the College of Arts and Science. As she takes on this position, Marche will have the full support of the College’s senior leadership team as she directs the academic work of our faculty and students.