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Memorial University Names New Associate Dean, Faculty of Education

September 7, 2012

Memorial University has appointed a new Associate Dean to its Faculty of Education. Dr. Gerald Galway has been named Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs); he commenced his duties on September 1, 2012.

"I'm pleased to welcome Dr. Galway to our administrative team," said Dr. Kirk Anderson, Dean of Education. "He brings excellent academic and research credentials to the position and his extensive background in educational administration will serve the Faculty well in the years to come."

Dr. Galway has taught in the Faculty of Education since 2006, specializing in the areas of educational leadership and policy, education reform, finance and administration. He has served on numerous committees and working groups and was Chairperson of the Faculty's Committee on Undergraduate Studies. He recently co-edited a book on denominational education reform in Newfoundland and Labrador (titled, Education reform: From rhetoric to reality) with the late Dr. David Dibbon, and is presently co-investigator on a Canada-wide study of school board governance, in partnership with the Canadian School Boards Association.

From 1999-2006, Dr. Galway held various senior executive positions with the Department of Education and the former Department of Youth Services and Post-secondary Education. There, he was responsible for the leadership and administration of K-12 education, post-secondary education and skills development, colleges, student financial assistance and the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation. He also served as chairperson of the 2002 Ministerial Review of Student Aid in Newfoundland and Labrador, which resulted in sweeping changes in the province's student financial assistance program, including measures to reduce student indebtedness and loan default rates.

From 1993 to 1996, Dr. Galway led a team of researchers and analysts to develop the province's educational indicators program. Later, as Director of Research and Planning for the Department of Education he spearheaded a series of research projects including several graduate follow-up studies, a pan-Canadian educational finance study and a number of internal policy studies. He is a former high school science teacher and the recipient of a several educational awards and distinctions including two first-place research awards from the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Galway holds a PhD in educational policy and leadership from the University of South Australia, a Master of Science in Medicine from Memorial, as well as Bachelor's degrees in Education and Science, also from Memorial. His research interests include evidence-based policy/decision making, education governance, planning and demography, public sector accountability and educational reform.