Leadership

Dr. Joanna Everitt, the institute’s director, is supported by an advisory board which includes UNB faculty members as well as representatives of the Saint John community.

Academic fellows of the Institute include any faculty member currently holding a full-time or part-time teaching position at UNB who is also engaged with the research, teaching and community outreach activities of the Institute.

Community fellows may also be appointed if their interests and experiences complement those of the Institute.

Academic fellows

Dr. Everitt is a Professor of Political Science and currently the Director of the UCSI. Her research focuses on political and community engagement with a specific interest in the role that identity plays in representation and participation. She is a member of several Boards of Directors of Arts organizations in Saint John and actively involved in the local community.


Dr. Best is a Professor of Psychology. Her research focuses on a range of topics including health-related topics such as addictions, personality, and life satisfaction, research methodology, diagrammatic reasoning, history of graph use in science, and learning and technology.

Dr. Chalmers is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She is currently working on a study on the province of New Brunswick’s policies around school closings and consolidations.

Dr. Campbell is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies. Her research examines the development and enhancement of the application of evidence-based strategies for crime prevention and reduction. She is an invited member of the Government of New Brunswick's Roundtable on Crime Prevention and Public Safety, which informed this province's strategy on crime prevention and reduction.

Dr. Emin Civi is a Professor in the Faculty of Business. He specializes in marketing and marketing management, emerging economies and the internationalization of companies. He is recognized by numerous University, Regional and National teaching awards and is interested in increasing students opportunities for experiential learning. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Center (SJMNRC) and an active community volunteer.

Dr. Fleet is an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Student Relations with the Faculty of Business. In this role he oversees the Faculty of Business’ Co-op program and other experiential learning opportunities for students. He works with local businesses to create real-world “laboratory” projects, and counsels new entrepreneurs in their business start-ups and with local organizations such as the YMCA to assess their impact on the community.

Dr. Folster is an Honorary Research Associate in the Faculty of Business. She spent nine years working in government, as a policy analyst at the Canadian International Development Agency, and then for the Government of New Brunswick on tourism sector development and cultural policy. She has also conducted research and policy evaluations for various international organizations. Dr. Folster spent nine years working in government, as a policy analyst at the Canadian International Development Agency, and then for the Government of New Brunswick on tourism sector development and cultural policy. She has also conducted research and policy evaluations for various international organizations and is particularly interested in economic development policy and planning.

Dr. Jeffrey is a Professor of Political Science. She examines issues of nationalism, global human rights, the welfare state, and gender and politics. Her past research has focused on the local and international sex-trade as well as Canadian prostitution policy. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for AIDS Saint John.

Dr. Keyes is a Senior Teaching Associate and Coordinator of the BA/BEd program at UNB Saint John. She has an extensive background in both Neuropsychology and Special Education that inform her current research interests. With her specialized training in the area of Learning Disabilities and Inclusive Service Provision Models, Dr. Keyes works closely with local school boards and is often invited to speak at local and provincial workshops and conferences, and also serves on many University and Community-based committees.

Dr. Lewis is an Associate Professor of Political Science. His major research interests are in cabinet government and citizenship education, with a focus on Canada.

Dr. MacKinnon, current VP Saint John, is a Professor of Geography. His research has focused on the geography of Atlantic Canada, rural and transportation history, and urban geography. In the mid-2000s he led a Community University Research Alliance Project entitled: "The Industrial City in Transition: A Cultural and Environmental Inventory of Greater Saint John" funded by SSHRCC, as well as a Knowledge in Society SSHRCC Grant entitled: "Business Development through Community Development". He has been an active member of the community, serving on several local and regional boards. He currently serves as a member of the leadership team of the Business Anti-Poverty Initiative as well as a board member of the Atlantica Centre for Energy and Huntsman Marine Science Centre.

Dr. Marquis is a Professor of History and specializes in Canadian history, urban history (including the history of Saint John), criminal justice history, the history of alcohol and drugs and the history of popular culture. His recent book Truth and Honour: The Death of Richard Oland and the Trial of Dennis Oland, was named as a finalist for Canada’s National Business Book Award in 2017.

Dr. Moir is a Professor of Economics whose research focuses on the role of cooperation in the economy. He has used game theory methodology to examine environmental issues, market structure, governance, strategy framing, public good provision, gambling, economic measurement, happiness, and community economic development.

Dr. Muñoz-Martínez is an Associate Professor of Political Science. She is a strong advocate of experiential, team and community-based teaching in her courses and has her students involved in local policy projects and human rights awareness campaigns.

Dr. Nagel is an Assistant Professor of Nursing. His research focus is on community development, health care access for vulnerable populations (including inner city, LGBTQ+, New Comer and First Nations), homelessness, telehealth technology and nursing education. He is actively involved in community based research and employs community service learning models in his teaching. He serves on the Data and Measurement Committee of Living SJ, the Community Council on Homelessness and several other community organizations.

Dr. Rinehart is a Professor of Marketing in the Faculty of Business and is the Director of the MBA program at UNB Saint John. Her research and teaching engages with issues of relevance to the local community. She is a founding member of Women for 50%, and serves as chair of the Saint John YMCA and Saint John Energy and is a Director with the Port of Saint John. Between 2011 and 2015 she served as deputy mayor of the City of Saint John.

Dr. Watson is an Associate Professor of Economics with the Faculty of Business. He specializes in health and labour economics and has recently been researching the impact of economic and job insecurity on the mental and physical health of individuals.

Dr. Weissman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. He has been studying homelessness, housing and social policy in Canadian and US cities since 1999. He looks at the provisions that make a range of housing models, from Housing First to tiny home communities, which he calls Intentional Homeless Communities, feasible in the context of widespread homelessness in North American cities.

Dr. Woodhall-Melnik is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her research explores employment and housing as social determinants of physical and mental health, addiction and concurrent disorders. In addition, her work investigates the effectiveness of publicly funded rehousing and housing loss prevention interventions on health and housing outcomes, employment and income.