Dean's Office: Andrea Smilski

Andrea Smilski, Associate Dean of Health and Human Services

Andrea Smilski is the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health and Human Services (HHS) at Vancouver Island University (VIU). She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Manitoba, a Masters in Business Administration from Hertfordshire University, London, England, completed doctoral coursework in the Philosophy of Nursing from the University of British Columbia, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Athabasca University.

Her work experience includes practice and management in the non-profit and public health sector, teaching and executive leadership in the Post-Secondary setting, conducting applied research, and leading projects and initiatives in education and health management and delivery.

Andrea’s current research interests include institutional theory, changing institutional fields, organizational legitimacy, and employee health. Her doctoral research focused on the influence individual institutional legitimacy judgements has on employee and organizational functioning and health.

Prior to her academic and Post-Secondary work experience, Andrea worked in the public and non-profit health sectors across Canada. She also worked for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Jakarta, Indonesia, for 4 years managing their administrative outreach services.

Andrea has served on several Boards with such organizations as the Child Guidance Clinic, Haven Society, Canadian Mental health Association, and Planned Parenthood where her skills in training, education, mental health, community health, marketing, financial management, and fund-raising have contributed to these important charities. Her work and volunteer experiences have provided her with an appreciation for management in non-profit, public, and private organizations within changing environments.

The promotion of healthy and purposeful populations and workplaces are foundational to Andrea’s practice. She believes these are the feedstock for flourishing and sustainable institutions.




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