Dr. Brooke Milne was appointed Dean of the College of Arts & Science at the University of Saskatchewan on August 1, 2023. She is an anthropological archaeologist and is concurrently appointed as a tenured professor in the College’s Department of Anthropology. Dr. Milne is an established and collaborative interdisciplinary researcher who draws expertise, techniques, and analytical approaches from across the Social and Natural Sciences, and Humanities to explore the long-term human occupation of the Canadian Arctic. Her research and fieldwork programs have been generously supported by SSHRC, CFI, NCE, Natural Resources Canada, Manitoba Heritage, and Research Manitoba, among other agencies, for nearly three decades.
Dr. Milne has published on diverse topics in high impact journals and is renowned for her work in the areas of lithic (stone) technology, novice skill apprenticeship, geochemical provenance and technological organization, and the reconstruction of long-term human land use patterns in the Canadian Arctic. She has been nominated twice for the Faculty of Arts, Excellence in Teaching award at the University of Manitoba, and has successfully mentored and advised both undergraduate and graduate students in her interdisciplinary research lab, ArcTec. Dr. Milne is a tireless advocate on behalf of graduate students and graduate education, and was awarded a Presidential Citation from the Graduate Student’s Association at the University of Alberta in 2020 in recognition of her efforts.
Dr. Milne has an extensive track record in academic administration and service, having held progressively responsible and complex leadership roles as Associate Chair, Associate Dean, and Vice-Provost and Dean, at two other U15 Universities: the University of Manitoba and the University of Alberta. Her experience in graduate education has afforded her a broad interdisciplinary understanding of academic standards, requirements, and regulations spanning the social and natural sciences, humanities, visual and performing arts, education, health sciences, engineering, and business. Dr. Milne also led the establishment of transformative policies, regulations, and requirements during her tenure at the University of Alberta in support of graduate education, supervision, and mentorship. She is a staunch supporter of EDI, and the Indigenization and Decolonization of the academy. Dr. Milne’s collaborative direction and support to develop and implement the first Indigenous Content Requirements for graduate students and new graduate supervisors at the U of A was recently recognized by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) Task Force on (Re)conciliation Report as exemplar for graduate education in Canada. Dr. Milne is deeply committed to supporting a positive, inspiring work and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students.
Dr. Milne was born in Winnipeg, MB and has family roots in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Outside of academia, Dr. Milne has competed as an elite athlete in alpine ski racing and alpine snowboard racing, including holding the 1992 Canadian Women’s title for snowboarding giant slalom. Dr. Milne is excited and honoured to be a member of the USask community and to be working in support of the College of Arts & Science.
- SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Western Ontario
- PhD, McMaster University
- MA, Trent University
- BA (Hons), University of Waterloo
Continuing Education and Professional Development
- Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Leadership, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Kotter Change Leader Intensive Program, Kotter International, Inc.
Previous Academic Positions
- Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta (2019 – 2023)
- Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Manitoba (2018 – 2019)
- Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Manitoba (2012 – 2018)
- Professor, Centre for Earth Observation Science, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, University of Manitoba (2013 – 2019)
- Adjunct Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, University of Manitoba (2008 – 2019)
Select Awards & Recognitions
- Graduate Student Association, Presidential Citation in support graduate students and graduate education, University of Alberta (2020)
- Nomination, Teaching Excellence Award – Established Faculty, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba (2016)
- Nomination, Teaching Excellence Award – Established Faculty, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba (2015)
- Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba (2011, 2007)
- Rh Award (Social Science) for outstanding contributions to research and scholarship, University of Manitoba (2011)
- University of Waterloo, Arts in Academics Award (2009)
- Stone Tools (lithics)
- Lithic Provenance
- Novice Skill Acquisition
- Gender and Agency
- Digital Site Preservation