SMU names new deans for students and international affairs

Professor Paulin Straughan (left) will take over from Professor Ong Siow Heng (right) as dean of students. Prof Ong will be appointed dean of international affairs.
Professor Paulin Straughan (left) will take over from Professor Ong Siow Heng (right) as dean of students. Prof Ong will be appointed dean of international affairs.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY

SINGAPORE - Sociologist Paulin Straughan, who has over 20 years' experience working with tertiary students, will be appointed as the next dean of students at the Singapore Management University (SMU) from July 1.

She will take over from Professor Ong Siow Heng, who will be appointed in a new role as dean of international affairs.

Prof Straughan is currently a faculty member at the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

During her time as a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2009 to 2011, she argued for work-life balance and the nurturing of a more pro-family social environment.

Prof Straughan, who will concurrently be appointed Professor of Sociology (Practice) at SMU's School of Social Sciences, said: "SMU is a young, vibrant university that is firmly grounded in a very strong student centric ethos. I am looking forward to getting to know our students and to add value to their tertiary experience."

Prof Ong, who has served as dean of students since 2011, will move on to assume the role of dean of international affairs, which will focus on promoting the international profile and reputation of SMU.

Prof Ong said: "I hope to help profile the university's strengths internationally, and represent the exceptional calibre of our faculty's thought leadership and research, as well as the high quality of our students' competencies, values and abilities to impact society positively."