Tom Urbaniak

Professor of Political Science, Director of the Tompkins Institute

Dr. Tom Urbaniak, Professor of Political Science, currently chairs the University Senate (the academic governing body). He is also the University Parliamentarian and Director of the Tompkins Institute. Tom is the author of five books and numerous studies and articles. Dr. Urbaniak is a recognized expert on Canadian and municipal politics. He chairs the national inter-faith organization Faith & the Common Good and is the past chair of the National Trust for Canada. He has served as an international elections observer for Canada and is an Administrative Justice of the Peace for the Province of Nova Scotia. He is a frequent media analyst on public policy (in English, French, and Polish) and also prepares well-received educational radio segments that make academic research on leadership accessible to a broad public. He serves in leadership positions for the Polish communities of Cape Breton and Atlantic Canada. His recent books include Dignity, Democracy, Development: A Citizen’s Reader; Action, Accommodation, Ac


Canadian Politics, Public Policy, Economic Development, Municipal Politics, Polonia (Polish communities outside Poland)