Vice President, Research, Brock University
Before taking the role as Brock’s Vice President Research, he was the Associate Vice-President (Research). His primary role was to assist in fostering, enabling and building research at the University of Calgary. In particular, his strength lies in leading and securing funding for interdisciplinary research teams.
Dr. Libben holds a faculty appointment in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Linguistics, and heads an active research lab in the Language Resource Centre. As well, he represents the university’s interests on relevant committees and boards. He brings considerable administrative experience to his position, having served with distinction as a Department Chair and as Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Alberta.
A graduate of Concordia and McGill Universities, Dr. Libben began his academic teaching career here at the University of Calgary, before moving to join the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta. His special area of interest is in how words are represented and processed in the mind. He has been a visiting professor internationally, including Austria and the Netherlands. In 2008, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Dr. Libben is the president of the Canadian Linguistics Association, the founding co- editor of The Mental Lexicon Journal, the director of the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics, and the director of Words in the Mind, Words in the Brain, a Major Collaborative Research Initiative Project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.