Award-winning researcher Julie McMullin has been appointed to a five-year term as Western University’s first-ever Vice-Provost, International, commencing June 1, 2012.
McMullin, a world-renowned scholar in the areas of aging, gender and ethnicity, has served as Special Advisor on Internationalization to Western’s Provost Janice Deakin since January 1, 2011.
According to Deakin, McMullin’s international research and development experience, which garnered a Premier’s Research Excellence Award (PREA) in 2004 and numerous other awards and grants throughout her academic career, combined with the administrative skills she gained as Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Social Science, made her an excellent choice for this important role.
“Julie has provided outstanding leadership over the past 15 months, during which time she has been instrumental in building and shaping the administrative team overseeing Western’s international student recruitment initiatives, international student services, study-abroad and exchange programs, and a host of other international relations activities,” says Deakin. “With the collective support of Western’s senior administration and Western International staff, I am confident she will continue to provide creative and effective leadership within this important portfolio.”
Western University is committed to supporting faculty research around the globe, and to providing students with an education that prepares them to live, work and actively contribute to international economies, cultures and societies. Home to collaborations on every continent, and to faculty, staff and students who have been trained around the world, Western is firmly situated within the international milieu. This level of engagement enhances the University’s ability to attract the highest calibre of personnel and increases its capacity to develop strong, mutually beneficial collaborative research initiatives that provide benefits to Canada and the broader world.