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Dr. Arig al Shaibah, Vice-Provost, Student Affairs



About the Vice-Provost, Student Affairs

Dr. Arig al Shaibah became Dalhousie’s first vice-provost, student affairs in April 2016, appointed into the new role created to strengthen the relationship between student enrolment and support services and academic operations at Dalhousie.

The vice-provost's broad portfolio supports Dal students across all four campuses in Halifax and Truro, and includes: Student Health & Wellness; student academic supports including the Writing Centre, the Student Accessibility Centre, Studying for Success, the Bissett Student Success Centre: Academic Advising and Career Services, and the Student Success Centre at Dal AC; the Dalhousie International Centre; Black Student Advising Centre; Indigenous Student Centre; Multifaith Services; Athletics and Recreation (including varsity and clubs); Student Life (including Residence Life and Student Conduct Office); and the Registrar’s Office.

Read Dr. al Shaibah's full profile

Dr. al Shaibah came to Dalhousie from Queen’s University, with 15 years of experience working in student affairs and advancement. Prior to that, Arig spent eight years working in various non-profit organizations, including immigrant settlement services, and two years working abroad in health and education sectors.

Most recently at Queen’s, Dr. al Shaibah served as assistant dean of student affairs (student life and learning) overseeing a diverse portfolio focused on residence life, student transition and development, and academic success, and provided leadership for the university’s Aboriginal Student Centre and International Student Centre. As assistant dean, Arig led the development and evaluation of programs designed to support first-year student transition into the university environment and enhance student experience and academic success.

Dr. al Shaibah chaired the university’s mental health, hazing prevention and sexual assault prevention and response working groups, and was instrumental in developing the university’s Sexual Assault Support and Response Protocol. Within student affairs, Arig has also served in the roles of assistant dean (residence life, diversity and community development) and as director of residence life.

Dr. al Shaibah received a BScH (Life Sciences), an MPA, and a PhD (Education) from Queen’s University, where, in addition to leadership within the Division of Student Affairs, Arig taught undergraduate courses for the departments of gender studies and geography.

As a member of both the Deans’ Council and the Provost Committee, the vice-provost, student affairs provides a voice for student interests in discussions and decisions with both academic and non-academic administrative leadership at Dalhousie.

Quick facts

  • Has taught undergraduate courses in gender studies and geography.
  • Chaired mental health, hazing prevention, and sexual assualt prevention and response working groups at Queen's University.
  • Led the development of first-year student transition programs at Queen's.