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Athabasca University

Dr. Dominique Abrioux

President Emeritus Professor Emeritus Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University Adjunct Professor, University of Edinburgh



Dr. Dominique Abrioux  Dr. Dominique Abrioux served as President of Athabasca University from February 10, 1995 to May 31, 2005. On the University's staff since 1978, he was a key team member in furthering the institution's commitment to increasing students' accessibility to high-quality, individualized, distance-delivered and online education.

Dr. Abrioux retired in August 2008 and now engages part-time in select national and international consultancies, specializing in the organization and administration of open distance learning systems. Significant recent activities include CIDA work in Egypt and a Commonwealth of Learning consultancy in Papua New Guinea. He is currently editing a publication of international case studies on Open Schooling and was appointed in 2008 to the Academic Council of University Canada West.

Dr. Abrioux has an extensive record of scholarship and teaching. He obtained a BA (honours) in French and German from the University of Saskatchewan and undertook graduate studies at the University of Alberta, where he received an MA in Comparative Literature in 1974 and a PhD in Comparative Literature in 1979. Dr. Abrioux's interests in language, literature, education and educational administration have been the basis for numerous articles, published papers, peer review assignments, and speaking engagements and workshops on distance education presented worldwide.

The late 1970's witnessed Athabasca University's rapid expansion as it responded to students' heightened interests in an alternative method of post-secondary education. In 1978, Dr. Abrioux launched the University's French program and went on to develop the curriculum plan and five distance education French courses. Since then, he has held a number of positions at the University including Coordinator of the French program; Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Acting Vice-President Academic; Professor of French; and President.

A comparatist by training, Dr. Abrioux has expanded his education-related experience through international travel and appointments. In 1987, he was named a Founding Visiting Professor at the Université Canadienne en France and from 1993 to 1994 he served as Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Multimedia Education in Japan.

Dr. Abrioux is past chair of the Universities Coordinating Council (1996-1999) and former vice-president (English Canada) of the Inter-American Distance Education Consortium (1996-1999). In 1999 Dr. Abrioux launched the Canadian Virtual University-Université canadienne virtuelle consortium and served as its founding president until 2005.

In July 1999, Dr. Abrioux was named one of Alberta's fifty most influential people by Alberta Venture magazine. The Commonwealth of Learning appointed him an Honorary Fellow in 2002, the same year as he received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. The Open University ( UK) conferred on Dr. Abrioux the honorary degree of Doctor of The University in 2003. In 2005, he was honoured with the Alberta Centennial Medal and named a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, and a Lifetime Member of the Canadian Association of Distance Education.

Updated July 31 2017 by CDE

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