Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies reappointed
Wilfrid Laurier University has reappointed Joan Norris to a second term as dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS).
During her first term, Norris helped ensure approval of 10 new
graduate programs and increased capacity in existing programs, resulting
in a 30-per-cent increase in graduate enrolments. She also developed
partnerships with the Graduate Students Association and various
faculties at Laurier, created a strategic plan for the faculty, and has
been active in provincial and national organizations that oversee
Her priorities for the second five-year term include developing a
new strategic plan with the FGPS, the Graduate Faculty Council and
faculty deans, focusing on integration opportunities, and enhancing the
graduate student and postdoctoral fellow experience.
“Dr. Norris is a strong advocate for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and graduate programs at Laurier,” said Deborah MacLatchy, vice-president: academic & provost. “She
is well positioned to take on the challenges and to develop the
opportunities to further support graduate program development at Laurier
during her second term."
“I am delighted with the opportunity to continue to serve as dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies,” said Norris. “In the next few years, I will be working closely with members of the faculty to build capacity in our existing programs and to develop new programs that draw upon our strengths in ways that are innovative, collaborative and integrative."
Norris will begin her second term in January 2012 following a
research sabbatical. For the period July to the end of December, Tamas Dobozy, associate professor of English and
Film Studies and associate dean of Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral
Studies, will serve as acting dean and Matt Smith, associate professor of biology will serve as acting associate dean.