Susan Mide Kiss

Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives in Community Engagement, University of Calgary

Susan Mide Kiss is the Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives in Community Engagement within the Vice Provost Teaching and Learning (VPTL) portfolio at the University of Calgary (UCalgary). Recently seconded into this two-year role, Susan is responsible for leading the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement Canadian Pilot for UCalgary along with advancing other strategic initiatives in community engagement. 

Before joining the VPTL portfolio, Susan served as the Senior Director, Community Engagement in the University Relations (UR) division at UCalgary. And prior to joining the UR team in 2011, Susan held a leadership role with a health research initiative in UCalgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. 

Susan’s professional background spans more than two decades and includes a number of health charities and public sector organizations both in British Columbia and Alberta. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, a graduate certificate from the American University (Washington D.C.) and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University (RRU). Susan is working towards a Doctorate of Social Sciences with the College of Interdisciplinary Studies at RRU.

Susan was an active member of the Aligning Institutions for Community Impact (AICI) Working Group and joined the Community Campus Engage Canada (CCEC) Steering Committee in May 2019. An enthusiastic volunteer, Susan served on the Board of Directors Youth Singers of Calgary from 2011 to 2018 and is a strong supporter of United Way, Calgary and Area. Susan has lived in Calgary for 18 years and is the mother of two busy teenagers.