Dirk de Boer, department head and professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, will take on the role of acting vice-dean Indigenous in the College of Arts & Science while Kristina Bidwell is on maternity leave from Feb. 1, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2019.
De Boer has served multiple terms as head of the Department of Geography and Planning and is interim head of the Department of Indigenous Studies. He earned his BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Amsterdam and his PhD from the University of Alberta before joining the University of Saskatchewan in 1990.
With a research focus on erosion models, hydrology and geomorphology, de Boer has held research grants through NSERC and contracts through Environment Canada. He has published 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and has supervised six graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
De Boer has served on numerous college committees and previously held a one-year term as acting vice-dean social sciences.