Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

StFX appoints Dr. Mathias Nilges as Director, Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership

September 28th, 2018
Dr. Mathias Nilges

Dr. Mathias Nilges, a StFX English professor, has been named the Director of StFX’s Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, a centre devoted to developing student, faculty and community leadership. 

As director, Dr. Nilges, a seasoned member of StFX faculty with a strong record of accomplishment, is responsible for the academic programs and the management and operations of the McKenna Centre, which provides students with opportunities to link theory with practice, and to focus on local, national, and international leadership applications.

He will work with groups across campus including the Coady International Institute and the Mulroney Institute of Government to maximize resources and develop events and programs that distinguishes StFX. He will also provide leadership to develop academic programming, and actively engage and energize students and members of the campus community. 

Dr. Nilges says he is looking forward to the role. 

“One of the most exciting aspects of the McKenna Centre to me is that it makes it possible to foster and to produce courageous, innovative projects by students and faculty at StFX, projects that make important contributions to contemporary academic, sociocultural, and political debates,” he says.

“The McKenna Centre is a very special resource for us at StFX insofar as it is able to support and amplify big, new ideas on our campus. I hope that we can make it our ‘blue sky thinking division’ that serves all students and faculty on our campus, and I look forward to developing a rigorous academic focus at the centre. 

“We will work to bring together students and faculty across fields and disciplines through new initiatives and new opportunities for collaboration in an attempt to foster the creation of courageous new thought and ideas and to creatively address some of the most pressing problems of our time.”

Dr. Nilges has been an English professor at StFX since 2008. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was the winner of the 2009 University of Illinois at Chicago Outstanding Dissertation Award.

He has been appointed an Obama Fellow, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, May/June, 2019, and is currently a Jules Léger Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences at StFX. 

Dr. Nilges is a frequently invited keynote speaker, including recently delivering a prestigious series of lectures and workshops at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee as the university’s Rheney Lecturer. He was also the driving force behind the recently launched The Examined Life Lab, a student-led online lab at StFX that offers research opportunities to students in the humanities and that fosters the development of important current skills through analyses and critiques of daily life designed to better understand the pressing problems of our time. 

He is the author of three monographs, including one in preparation, as well as numerous edited collections, edited journal volumes, articles, book chapters, reviews, and translations. 

For the past decade, he has been actively involved in the StFX community in a variety of roles from serving as the Chair, Faculty of Arts to an Immersion Serving Learning faculty leader.  

McKenna _Centre

Start Your Journey