Dean’s Message

Demetres P. TryphonopoulosOn behalf of my colleagues, I wish to welcome you to our Faculty and our unique range of programs as well as to invite you to come and see what we do on a daily basis–and how we do it.

The Faculty of Arts is home to Business Administration, the Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences. The Arts are thriving at Brandon University, which is good for students and parents as well as local, regional, provincial and broader communities. Being the heart and soul of a liberal arts education, the Arts provide students with the skills–critical and creative thinking, oral and written communication, complex-problem solving, and innovation–which employers continue to identify and value as crucial to success in the workplace. Indeed, our students are encouraged to be curious and willing to explore new ways of knowing; equally important is that they are encouraged to become lifelong learners in an ever-changing world.

At Brandon University students may complete Arts degrees in twenty-six programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in departments specializing in the humanities (including English, Drama, History, Languages, Philosophy, and Visual and Aboriginal Arts), the social sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Native Studies, Political Science, Religion, Rural Development, and Sociology), interdisciplinary programs like our pre-education liberal Arts Program, our Gender and Women’s Studies degrees, and our unique degree program in Creative Arts. The Faculty of Arts is also home to the Clinical Specialization program in Native Studies, a program in Rural and Community Studies and the innovative Master’s program and Graduate Diploma in Rural Development. The Faculty of Arts is also home to BAs in Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies (ADES), Geography, Psychology, and Music as well as to two professional degree programs: the Bachelor of Business Administration and the Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Our world-class faculty members are excellent teachers and active researchers, writers, performers and artists. Their commitment to innovative pedagogy and their successes in their individual disciplines translate into unique and lively classroom experiences. Besides being prominent academics, my colleagues in the Faculty of Arts are also truly committed to your success.

We’re proud of what our Faculty has achieved and what it has to offer and hope you will make Brandon University Arts your choice for your post-secondary education. Please speak to one of our recruitment officers about your future in Arts, or email me directly if you have any specific questions (tryphonopoulosd@BrandonU.CA or Artsdean@BrandonU.CA). We’re here to help you make the right decision!

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts,

Demetrios P. Tryphonopoulos
Dean, Faculty of Arts

Dean’s Biography

After spending twenty five years at the University of New Brunswick where I taught in the English Department and served for fifteen of those years as Assistant, Associate, and Acting Dean in the School of Graduate Studies, I arrived at Brandon University in January 2015 and am looking forward to contributing to the dynamic and stimulating academic and intellectual milieu I have discovered in this corner of Southwest Manitoba.

During my academic career, I have taught and researched in twentieth-century American Literature with a focus on difficult modernist texts (especially long poems), often approaching them through the lenses of poetics, translation theory and practice, prosody and rhetoric, and editorial theory and textual criticism. My research interests have taken me to archives and universities across North America and Europe. My essays on Ezra Pound, H.D., and other modernists (including Greek modernist poets) have appeared in North American and European journals; I have contributed to many collections of essays published in the U.S., Italy, France and Greece; and I have given more than one-hundred lectures in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. I’m also the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of fifteen books, including The Celestial Tradition: A Study of Ezra Pound’s “The Cantos” (WLUP); The Ezra Pound Encyclopedia (Greenwood P, 2005); H.D. (writing as Delia Alton), Majic Ring (UP of Florida, 2009); and H.D. Hirslanden Notebooks: An Annotated scholarly Edition (ELS, 2015). Supported by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2011-15), my current book projects include Approaches to Teaching Ezra Pound’s Poetry and Prose (forthcoming from PMLA, 2016), a translation of Andreas Empeirikos’ surrealist collection Υψικάμινος (Blast Furnace), an annotated translation of Odysseas Elytis’ long poem Αξιον Εστι (Worthy It Is), and the publication of my translation of Iakovos Kambanellis’ 1956 play The Courtyard of Miracle.

Last but not least, my graduate and undergraduate students have been trained in various aspects of modernist research, have visited archives (with SSHRC support), have published their work in journal articles and books, and have had the opportunity to attend conferences in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Many of my Master’s level students have gone on to complete doctorate degrees in programs across the country, and several of my former doctoral students hold faculty positions in universities in Canada and the U.S.

Along with my considerable administrative duties at Brandon University, I plan to continue to teach undergraduate courses in American Poetry, to conduct research, and to translate literature from Modern Greek into English.