Vice-President Research Portfolio
Dr. Karen Chad
Dr. Karen Chad began her appointment as Vice-President Research on January 1, 2010. She is also a professor in the College of Kinesiology. More information on her appointment is available here.
The Vice-President Research provides overall leadership in developing and promoting the University's research, scholarly and artistic work activities and increasing research intensiveness and performance. The Vice-President Research portfolio includes responsibility for:
- Developing strategies to enhance the University's research, scholarly and artistic environment
- Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work Foundational Document MS Word Document | PDF
- U of S Research, Scholarly and Artistic Landscape
- Office of the Vice-President Research Integrated Plan (2004/05 to 2007/08) MS Word Document | PDF
- Measuring Success and The Way Forward (PDF)
- Office of the Vice-President Research Integrated Plan (2008/09 to 2011/12) (PDF)
- Representing and promoting the University's research achievements and capabilities in provincial, national, and international arenas
- Chief liaison on matters related to University research with government and public sector, private enterprise and civil societies
- Participant on numerous boards and agencies related to research, scholarly and artistic work including the Canadian Light Source and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization
- Development of International Research opportunities
- Fostering innovation and forging inter- and multi-disciplinary collaborations and research partnerships
- Oversight of intellectual property and promotion of knowledge transfer activities
- Development of research groups
- Oversight of the management of the University's research enterprise including policy development and administration
- Celebrating and championing research, scholarly and artistic activities both within and outside the institutional setting
- Sponsors research lectures such as the Harry Toop "Science for Saskatchewan" Lecture Series
- Promotes national and international award opportunities and administers the Distinguished Researcher Award
- Development of the University of Saskatchewan Chairs Program
- Chairs the Associate Deans Research Forum and Centres Forum
Dr. Karen Chad is the Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and is also a faculty member in the U of S College of Kinesiology.
With a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in Australia, Dr. Chad is a prolific researcher holding several research grants and contracts and has supervised numerous graduate students. She received the YWCA Woman of Distinction (Health and Education) award and was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal. In addition, Karen has earned five teaching awards including the U of S Master Teacher Award.
Dr. 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 an International Award for “Innovation in Research”, the National Leadership Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and in 2011 was identified as a “Woman of Influence” by Saskatchewan Business Magazine.
The University of Saskatchewan is committed to enhancing its capacity for research, scholarly and artistic work; strengthening its performance; and promoting the transfer of knowledge for the benefit of communities. As the Vice-President Research, Dr. Chad plays a strategic leadership role in achieving these objectives within the context of the University’s key goals: to attract and retain outstanding faculty; to increase campus-wide commitment to research; to establish the University of Saskatchewan as a major presence in graduate education; and to recruit and retain a diverse and academically promising body of students.
Building on the University of Saskatchewan’s renowned history of discovery and innovation spanning more than a century, Dr. Chad, the University’s Vice-President Research, aims to enhance globally important research under the banner of “discovery with impact”; bringing its expertise on issues of importance to communities and to society.