About Petra Hauf

Dr. Petra Hauf is the vice-president of the University of New Brunswick’s Saint John campus.

As an internationally renowned researcher, Dr. Hauf will build upon UNB’s momentum as a global leader in research and continue to advance UNB as a research-focused institution.

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 a full professor and department chair in psychology when she became the 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.

Dr. Hauf wants to develop strong partnerships and deepen the connection among faculty, staff and students to build a stronger sense of community both on and off campus. She feels that together, faculty, staff and students can create an inspiring and thriving environment that enhances overall campus life at UNB.

“I am incredibly excited to join the UNB community – to work with the faculty, staff and students across the Saint John campus in finding opportunities to engage in new approaches that have a significant impact on their academic experiences.”