University of Saskatchewan

September 21, 2014   

U of S Appoints New Vice-President Research

Karen Chad
November 17, 2009

Following an extensive international search, Dr. Karen Chad, an award-winning kinesiologist, has been appointed Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan, effective Jan. 1.

The five-year renewable appointment was announced today by U of S President Peter MacKinnon following approval by the Board of Governors. Chad is currently Acting Vice-President Research.

“I am delighted by Dr. Chad’s acceptance of this appointment to lead our $170-million-a-year research enterprise,” said U of S President Peter MacKinnon. “As those who have worked with her across the campus well know, she has a wonderful leadership style that is well adapted to an era in which teamwork and collaboration are emphasized in research success.”

MacKinnon noted that the U of S was recently ranked second highest in research growth in the country in Canada’s Top Research Universities Report, and has achieved a five-fold increase in technology licensing income over the past five years.

“We have made significant progress in our research funding that will enhance both student learning and our economic and social impacts,” he said. “But these overall numbers obscure some continuing vulnerability, particularly with respect to federal tri-council funding for which further improvement is needed. We want to take the research enterprise to the next level, and I believe that under Dr. Chad’s transformative leadership, we will achieve this goal.”

A prolific researcher and supervisor of graduate students, Chad holds numerous research grants investigating obesity-related issues. She obtained a $2-million federal grant for a community-partnered health research project that has become a model for communities across Canada.

Since becoming Acting Vice-President Research in 2008, she has been instrumental in spearheading development of policies and programs designed to promote research, scholarly and artistic work, and building partnerships with government and industry. In particular, she has played a key role in the University’s success in advancing to the final stage in the highly competitive selection process for a $10-million Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security, the nation’s most prestigious type of chair. Successful candidates will be announced next April.

Chad sits on a number of national boards and has chaired or overseen more than 100 key boards, committees, research programs and teams. Honors include a 2004 International Award for “Innovation in Research” and the 2007 National Leadership Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

With a PhD from the University of Queensland in Australia, she is a faculty member in the U of S College of Kinesiology where she has earned five teaching awards including the 2005 U of S Master Teacher Award. She moved up through the administrative ranks serving as Associate Dean Research for her college and Associate Vice-President Research.

In 1997, she received the YWCA Woman of Distinction (Health and Education) award and in 2006 was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


For more information, contact:

Kathryn Warden
U of S Research Communications
(306) 966-2506

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