New Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research
SACKVILLE, NB — Dr. Karen R. Grant has been appointed to a five-year term as Mount Allison University’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research effective August 1, 2012.
Grant is currently the Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs) at the University of Manitoba. She is a professor in the Department of Sociology specializing in health sociology and women’s health.
“We are delighted to have someone of Dr. Grant’s calibre join Mount Allison,” says President and Vice-Chancellor Robert Campbell. “Dr. Grant brings a wealth of administrative experience to the University, as well as an innovative approach that will enhance our academic community.”
Of the appointment Grant says, “I am honoured and excited to be part of Canada’s top undergraduate university. I look forward to learning more about Mount Allison’s immersive learning community and working with the independent-minded faculty, staff, and students I haveheard so much about.”
Originally from Ontario but raised in Winnipeg, Grant was educated at the University of Manitoba and Boston University where she earned a PhD in Sociology in 1989.
During her tenure at the University of Manitoba, Grant has authored four books as well as numerous journal articles, book chapters, reviews, and presentations. She has also been the principal, co-principal, co-investigator, or collaborator in research projects that have garnered 35 grants and contracts worth nearly $4 million. The overarching theme of all her work is the manner in which social institutions and practices bear on women’s experience of health.
Grant was part of a working group of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) that prepared a successful application for $19.1 million in CFI funding for the Digital Content Infrastructure for the Human and Social Sciences. She now serves on the Board of Directors of CRKN. She is currently the Vice-President (Research Policy) for the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Grant replaces Dr. Stephen McClatchie, who was appointed to the position of Principal of Huron University College on July 1, 2011.
The Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research is the senior academic officer at Mount Allison and is responsible for the effective planning and management of the academic affairs of the University. The Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research works collaboratively with deans and directors to ensure excellence across all of the University’s academic programs in three faculties as well as in the registrar’s and admissions offices, library, student life office, and numerous research and teaching centres. Specific responsibilities include providing leadership in the review of faculty appointments, tenure and promotion, as well as policy and budgetary issues and all matters pertaining to the fiscal well being of each of the sections reporting to the Provost and Vice-President’s office.