New Jarislowsky chair introduced to Memorial community

Jan 15th, 2015

By Janet Harron

New Jarislowsky chair introduced to Memorial community

Dr. Tony Fang is the newly-appointed Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation at Memorial University.

An economist, Dr. Fang comes to Memorial from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he was the director of the master of international business program and an associate professor of human resources management and employment relations. He has previously taught at York University in Toronto and at the I. H. Asper School of Business at University of Manitoba.

The mandate of the $2 million chair is to promote research in the areas of global and local cultures, immigration, diasporas,  demographic change and strategies for immigration retention and integration. These areas directly align with Dr. Fang’s research interests and accomplishments which include a recent role as the domain leader in economic and labour market integratuon at CERIS – Ontario Metropolis Centre and a recent stint as president of the Chinese Economists Society.

Dr. Fang has a Ph.D. in industrial relations and human resource management from the University of Toronto. His areas of research interest encompass issues of compensation and benefits, high performance workplace practices, pension, retirement policy and the ageing workforce, education, immigration, and minimum wages, union impact on wages, innovation and firm growth, pay equity and employment equity. 

He has published in such journals as Strategic Management Journal, Industrial and Labor Relations Review (Cornell), Industrial Relations (Berkeley), British Journal of Industrial Relations, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Public Policy, China Economic Review, Journal of World Business, Journal of Labor Research, International Journal of Manpower, Journal of Management History, Social Indictors Research, Perspectives on Labour and Income. He has also received nine research awards from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and five research grants from Human Resource and Development Canada (HRSDC).

“My ultimate goal is to make Memorial the place to study global migration, and cultural and economic transformation in North America,” said Dr. Fang. As chair, he hopes to establish a research centre, speakers series and academic journal all addressing issues of global migration and cultural diversity.

The Faculty of Arts and the Department of Economics are hosting a reception to introduce Dr. Fang to the Memorial University community on Friday, Jan. 16 form 3 to 5 p.m. in the Brunuea Centre’s atrium.  All are welcome to attend.