About Robert MacKinnon

Dr. Robert MacKinnon, Vice-President, UNB Saint JohnDr. Robert MacKinnon is the vice-president of the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. He was renewed for his second five-year term on July 1, 2013.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, a Master of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Doctorate from The University of British Columbia. His research interests are varied, and include the broad areas of the Geography of Atlantic Canada, rural and transportation history, and urban geography. 

A resident of the local area since 2001, Dr. MacKinnon has been an active member of the community. He has served on several local and regional boards and he currently serves as a board member of the Atlantica Centre for Energy and Huntsman Marine Science Centre.

In his academic role Dr. MacKinnon has contributed to regional and national journals and publications including:  National Geographic Magazine, Acadiensis, Canadian Historical Review, Canadian Journal of Regional Science, and The Historical Atlas of Canada.

He has 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". 

As an educator, he has taught at Memorial University, and the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, BC (now Thompson Rivers University).  In addition to his teaching appointments, Dr. MacKinnon has held the positions of Visiting Professor at the University of Bonn (1998-1999), and Visiting Teaching and Research Fellow at Obirin University in Tokyo (1995).

Before taking up his appointment as Vice-President Saint John, Dr. MacKinnon was the Dean of Arts at UNB Saint John (2001-2008), and Chair of the Department of Social and Environmental Studies at the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, British Columbia. 

in 2012, Dr. MacKinnon was the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; and in 2014, he was inducted into the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's College of Fellows (FRCGS).

He has been a strong advocate for students in his capacity as a graduate student supervisor but also in his support for student- led activities on and off campus.