About Petra Hauf | Vice-President | Saint John | UNB

About Petra Hauf

Dr. Hauf is the Vice-President Saint John at the University of New Brunswick since March 2019. She is a dynamic leader who is actively engaged in all campus affairs, including academics, administration, and operations. As an internationally-renowned researcher, she is building on UNB’s momentum as a global leader in research and continuing to advance UNB as a research-focused institution.

Through her involvement with the Integrated Health Initiative, community engagement at Living Saint John, Regional Economic Development Agency for Greater Saint John, Opportunities New Brunswick, and Atlantica Centre for Energy, she is realizing her vision to engage in new approaches and develop strong partnerships to inspire a thriving environment that greatly enhances both UNB and the community of Saint John.

Through her experience in senior administration in a variety of academic institutions, Dr. Hauf takes her academic perspective and applies it to a variety of scenarios. She is establishing innovative approaches to significantly impact and benefit Saint John.

Dr. Hauf joined UNB from St. Francis Xavier University where she was the Dean of Science and the Acting Director of the Rankin School of Nursing. As a testament to her dedication and accomplishments in research, she was Professor and Department Chair in Psychology upon her appointment as Dean of Science. Under her leadership, the Faculty of Science introduced several very successful interdisciplinary programs.

Throughout her tenure at St. FX, she was appointed the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Development and she continues her NSERC-funded research on the role of motor skills for perceptual, social, and cognitive development during the first years of life.