Dr. David Wardlaw, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Dr. David Wardlaw is a Professor of Chemistry and Provost & Vice-President (Academic) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. During the course of his academic career he has made significant contributions in research, teaching, academic leadership, and external relations. He holds both undergraduate (B.Sc. 1976, Chemical Physics) and doctoral degrees (Ph.D. 1982, Theoretical Chemistry) from the University of Toronto. Following his graduate studies he was a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, 1982-84. In 1984, Dr. Wardlaw accepted a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at Queen's University as a NSERC University Research Fellow; he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989 and to Professor in 1994. He served as Head of Chemistry at Queen's 2002-2006. In July 2006 he was appointed to a five-year term as Dean of Science at the University of Western Ontario. In August 2011 he took up his current position at Memorial. His areas of research specialization are chemical physics, chemical reaction dynamics, and computational chemistry and he has published over 70 refereed articles in these areas. Dr. Wardlaw has a track-record of commitment and achievement in improving the teaching and learning environment at universities with a focus on improving the student learning experience and academic success, and professional development for instructors. During his appointments as a Head at Queen's and a Dean at Western, he was extensively involved in advancement activities, with a focus on alumni relations and fundraising. Dr. Wardlaw is also committed to engaging young people in project-based science. In this regard, he has been associated with Youth Science Canada (YSC) since 1999, serving as the YSC National Judge-in-Chief for the Canada-Wide Science Fair, 2004-2010. From 2005 to 2011 he was Chair of Youth Science Ontario, a non-profit organization focussing on inquiry-based science opportunities and experiences for Ontario's youth.