Dr. Richard Marceau began his term as vice-president (research) on June 1, 2013, and he’s already begun sharing his vision for research at Memorial and actively engaging with Memorial’s internal and external partners.
“Memorial has a very strong record of research excellence, and I hope to bring my own active contribution to this long tradition” he said. “I especially plan to emulate my predecessor’s stellar example of partnership with faculty members, faculties, deans, other vice-presidents, and the provost with the objective of intensifying research activities at Memorial University.
“I also aim to build on – and if at all possible! – improve on the strong tradition of service which already characterizes all units within the Office of the Vice-President (Research). Service to the university’s research community – and beyond, if one considers that research is the first step on the journey of innovation – is at the heart of the portfolio.”
In this regard, thanks to ongoing consultations with the office’s numerous stakeholders, both within the university and the larger community, Dr. Marceau has already identified priorities which he intends to address in partnership with his colleagues in coming months. Some of these include the streamlining of institutional processes for supporting the submission and management of grants and partnership agreements; identifying metrics for tracking the performance and effectiveness of Memorial’s research support activities; and preparing an implementation plan for the Research Strategy Framework.
“All of these – and many other initiatives – will require considerable consultation, and I intend to work closely and collegially with all of our colleagues in order to ensure wide acceptance of these initiatives,” he said.
Dr. Marceau comes to Memorial from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), where he served as provost and vice-president (academic). In that role he directed UOIT’s explosive growth since 2005 from 1,800 to 9,200 students, from 60 to 170 faculty members, a doubling of undergraduate and graduate programs, a significant increase in research and design chairs (from one to 14), and the graduation of UOIT’s first PhD candidates.
An engineer by profession and a graduate of McGill University (B.Eng., PhD) and École Polytechnique (M.Sc.A.), Dr. Marceau has worked in the university milieu since 1993. Before embarking upon an academic career, he spent 12 years in industry as a practising engineer, researcher and research and development planner with MONECO Inc. and Hydro Quebec.