Memorial's Office of the Vice-President (Research) expanding
by Michele Osmond
To meet the growing responsibilities of the Office of the Vice-President (Research), the Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Dr. Ray Gosine as acting associate vice-president (research)(AVPR). This 12-month position comes on the heels of the recent retirement of Dr. James Wright, former director of Major Research Partnerships.
The immediate duties of the acting associate vice-president (research) include tasks previously assigned to the director of Major Research Partnerships, assisting in the development of a new organizational plan for the Office of the Vice-President (Research), and working with faculties and schools to support and increase research activity at Memorial.
The new organizational plan will provide for efficient management of current and future research activity, which could grow to $150 million or more in total research income over the next five to seven years.
“The position of AVPR is an integral part of any new organizational structure” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research). “However, the exact shape of that structure, and the specific roles and responsibilities that will be assigned to the new AVPR are not yet finalized. Until that process is complete and the new organizational plan is approved by the Board of Regents, it is premature to launch a search for the position of AVPR. The search process is expected to begin in fall 2008.”
In the interim, Dr. Gosine, who is currently dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial, will provide valuable administrative leadership for the Atlantic Innovation Fund, and for identifying new research partnerships across the university. He will also provide critical support for research generally at Memorial. Research, which features prominently in the university’s new strategic plan, continues to grow in scale, scope and complexity.
Dr. Gosine, who is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been a member of Memorial’s deans and directors group for four and a half years and he brings to the AVPR position a strong understanding of academic matters at Memorial. He is also an active researcher and he has led successful fundamental and applied research programs at C-CORE and at Memorial.
Dr. Gosine will be located in the new suite of offices of the vice-president (research) located on the third floor of the Inco Innovation Centre. Dr. Gosine will take up his new post on March 1, 2008.
Meanwhile Dr. Michael Collins has been serving as the university’s acting vice-president (academic) while Dr. Eddy Campbell serves as acting president. Dr. Collins has been at Memorial University of Newfoundland since 1969, most of that time in the Department of Biology. He was director of General Studies from 1988 to 1994, and became associate vice-president (academic) in June 2001. He also holds the position of full professor of Biology. He has also taught for the Faculty of Education.
In addition to being an active researcher he has distinguished himself in the areas of teaching excellence and in educational leadership. In 1996 he was the winner of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in 1998 he was named a 3M Teaching Fellow, Canada’s highest award for university teachers.