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Officers of Senate

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Dr. Kevin Hewitt, Acting Chair of Senate


Acting Chair of Senate, July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

An account of Dr. Hewitt's life is not complete without first recognizing the essential role of his late mother, who as a single parent, raised four children to value family, community and hard work.  Read more....   

Dr. David Burton, Acting Senate Vice-Chair, Academic Programs

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Acting Vice-Chair of Senate, Academic Programs,
August 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

David Burton, Ph.D., P.Ag., is a Soil Scientist and Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University. 

Dr. Burton's research examines the role of the soil environment in influencing the nature and extent of the microbial metabolism in soil.  He has published over 100 papers in the peer-review literature.  His current research programs involve an examination of the production and consumption of greenhouse gases in natural and agricultural landscapes, influence of climate on soil biological processes, and the assessment of the quality of the soil biological environment and its influence on overall soil quality.  It is the aim of this work to better understand the factors that control soil microbial metabolism and to use this information to develop sustainable land management systems in a changing climate.


  • B.Sc. in Biology from Dalhousie University - 1979
  • M.Sc. in Soil Science from the University of Guelph - 1982
  • Ph.D. in Soil Biochemistry from the University of Alberta - 1989

Dr. Katherine Harman, Senate Vice-Chair, Student Affairs

Katherine Harman

Vice-Chair of Senate, Student Affairs, July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017

Katherine Harman, PT, Ph.D., has taught physiotherapy students for over twenty-five years at two universities and within three curricula. With a Ph.D, in Psychology/Neuroscience, she brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the classroom and her research.

In addition, during her 16 years at Dalhousie University she has contributed to the two principle portfolios of Student Affairs.  In teaching and learning, through the development and delivery of interprofessional education, curriculum development and professor mentoring; and by participating in the full spectrum discipline and appeals at the University from policy development to application in academic integrity officer work, to appeals at the Senate level.

Her discipline-specific research examines the relationship that the physiotherapist has with the client, and to observe and document the psychological techniques used to facilitate behaviour change when a client is in pain and is prescribed exercise.  She also collaborates on several interdisplinary research projects in interprofessional socialization, Aboriginal Children’s Pain and an examination of the effective use of exercise for chronic low back pain.