As Associate Dean (Academic), Dr. Stephenson's portfolio includes oversight of the undergraduate operations in the Faculty of Arts and Science, as well as the oversight and implementation of undergraduate academic regulations. The Associate Dean also reviews student appeals or academic integrity cases, and manages complex academic cases involving individual students and faculty members. Dr. Stephenson participates in all committees of the Faculty relative to students or programs and liaise with the division of Student Affairs, Student Wellness Services, the Human Rights Office and the Office of the University Ombudsman. The Associate Dean’s portfolio also includes Admission and Recruitment, Orientation, and the implementation of the Senate Policy on Academic Consideration for Students in Extenuating Circumstances.
Dr. Stephenson holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, and previously served as the Undergraduate Chair at the Dan School of Drama and Music. Her research is focused on contemporary Canadian drama, metatheatricality, "theatre of the real," autobiographical performance, and performativity in fictional worlds-within.