LONDON, ON, Oct. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Huron University College is pleased to
announce the appointment of Dr. Ingrid Mattson as the inaugural London
and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at its Faculty of
Theology. The Chair in Islamic Studies builds on an almost 150-year
tradition at Huron University College of open discourse and engagement
between people of different faiths. Dr. Mattson will begin her
appointment on July 1, 2012.
"Dr. Mattson brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and expertise to
this area of study and Huron is privileged to have a scholar of her
calibre," said Dr. Stephen McClatchie, Principal of Huron University
College. "We are honoured that, with her pick of many positions around
the world, Dr. Mattson has decided to return to Canada and accept our
appointment to the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic
Dr. Mattson was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo and earned her PhD
in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago. She is the first
convert to Islam and the first woman to lead the Islamic Society of
North America. Before accepting the Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron
University College, Dr. Mattson was Director of the Macdonald Center
for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford
Seminary in Hartford Connecticut. She has also been an Advisor to both
the Bush and Obama Administrations.
"It is an honour to be back in Canada and to accept this position at
such a prestigious institution as Huron University College," said Dr.
Mattson. "Huron has a remarkable history of critical inquiry and I look
forward to building on this tradition by offering Huron students the
opportunity to learn about a faith that more than 20 per cent of the
world's population practices, in an open and liberal environment."
Building on almost 150 years of theological education in the Anglican
tradition and having already made similar appointments in Comparative
Religions and the Hebrew Bible, creating a Chair in Islamic Studies is
a natural progression in terms of curriculum and program development at
Huron University College. As this is the first Chair in Islamic Studies
at a faculty of theology in Canada, with Dr. Mattson's impeccable
credentials and academic record, it is a privilege for Huron University
College to have her join the faculty and hold this historic position.
SOURCE Huron University College
For further information:
Dr. Stephen McClatchie
Principal, Huron University College
Phone: (519) 438-7224 x299