Jacques Paul Couturier was appointed Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of the Université de Moncton on January 29, 2018. He was previously the Vice-President of the Edmundston campus of the Université de Moncton since July 1, 2013. He served previously as dean of studies (2004 2013), interim dean of the Faculty of Forestry (2012-2013) and head of the humanities sector (2001-2004). He first came to the Université de Moncton in 1992, when he was hired as a full-time professor of history at the Edmundston campus.
Jacques Paul Couturier holds a Ph. D. and a master’s degree in history from the Université de Montréal. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Université de Moncton (bachelor of arts in history and bachelor of multidisciplinary arts) and has undertaken additional studies at the University of Poitiers, France. He was also a postdoctoral researcher at the University of New Brunswick.
Over the course of his teaching and research career, Dr. Couturier has published numerous works and articles on Canadian and Acadian history. He is notably the author of two works on the history of Canada: Un passé composé : le Canada depuis 1850, which is used in universities across Canada, and L’expérience canadienne, des origines à nos jours, which has been incorporated into the high school history curriculum. He is also the author of Construire un savoir : l’enseignement supérieur au Madawaska.
Among the various administrative positions he has held, Dr. Couturier has been invited to serve on numerous bodies at the Université de Moncton, including the Academic Senate (since 2001), the Board of Governors (since 2013), the Program Committee (2002 2013), the Joint Planning Committee (2011 2013, which he has also chaired) and various ad hoc committees, including steering committees on collaboration with the CCNB, program reconfiguration and program viability. He currently represents the Université de Moncton on the strategic committee of the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne. From 2013 to 2017, he was also president of the board of directors of the Northern Hardwoods Research Institute.
At the community level, Dr. Couturier is involved in a number of organizations and has supported a range of causes. An active member of the Fondation Saint-Louis-Maillet since 1999, he served as that entity’s president from 1999 through 2002. He was the founding president of the Northwest Resource Centre for Newcomers, an organization dedicated to supporting the integration of immigrants. He was also director of communications for the fundraising campaign for the Edmundston Community Amphitheatre and a member of the Amphitheatre committee (2014-2017). At the 2014 Congrès mondial acadien, he oversaw the organization of the symposium L’Acadie dans tous ses défis, a major multidisciplinary scientific event in the area of Acadian studies. As a historian, Dr. Couturier has served on numerous boards, including those of the Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française, the Association for Canadian Studies and the journal Acadiensis.
Made a Knight of the Order of Academic Palms in 2010, Dr. Couturier was elevated to the rank of officer in 2017 by the French Republic.