University of Calgary

New Associate Vice-President (Research) team appointed

UToday HomeSeptember 22, 2011

The University of Calgary has a bold vision to achieve the highest standards of excellence in discovery and innovation. Today I am delighted to share with the community a new organizational model that will help us get there. We are appointing an internal Associate Vice-President (Research) team of four researchers who will remain in their faculties half-time, and spend the other half-time in the Office of the Vice-President (Research) (VPR). This model ensures AVPs remain deeply connected to active discovery, innovation, and service, while bringing their innovative ideas and expertise to the senior administration of the university.

The new AVPs are research stars and leaders from across the university: Andre Buret [Biological Science, Faculty of Science], James (Jay) Cross [Faculty of Veterinary Medicine], Anne Katzenberg [Archaeology, Faculty of Arts] and Frank Maurer [Computer Science, Faculty of Science]. Summaries of their CVs are posted and we encourage you to read about their exceptional careers and accomplishments at www.ucalgary.ca/vpr/about. I know you will be impressed.

Although the AVPs will work with me as a truly integrated team, each will hold responsibility and accountability for one part of the overall VPR portfolio. Their portfolios will be available on our website soon, but with our goal to be a top university, you can imagine that as a team we will be focusing on engaging students more actively in discovery and innovation; improving professional development for students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members, along with providing efficient support mechanisms for their new research initiatives; assisting with commercialization and application of research; networking across faculties to advance institutional priorities; and working with the Tri-Council funders and other groups to increase opportunities.

Over the past two months I have consulted with many faculty and staff about how to best organize the Office of the VPR to support our academic priorities. Thank you to everyone who so freely shared their insight, their ideas and their time.

The AVP appointments are effective September 2011. Andre, Jay, Anne, Frank and I are tremendously excited about working together to support our scholars across the university, and to engage in discussions with all of you about how to build on past strengths to become one of the top research intensive universities in Canada.

Please join me in congratulating the new Associate Vice-President (Research) team.

Ed McCauley
Vice-President (Research)