FROM Julia O’Sullivan, Dean, OISE
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Karen Mundy as Associate Dean, Research effective September 1, 2012.
Karen Mundy is currently Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at OISE. A University of Toronto alumna, she holds an MA in Adult Education and a PhD in Sociology of Education and Comparative Education from OISE. Prior to joining OISE in 2002, she was an assistant professor, international and comparative education at Stanford University. Founder and Co-Chair of the Canadian Global Campaign for Education, she directs OISE’s Comparative, International and Development Education Centre (CIDEC). Her research interests include the global politics of “education for all” programs and policies; educational policy and reform in Sub-Saharan Africa; the role of civil society organizations in educational change; and global citizenship education in Canadian schools. A prolific scholar, she has published five books and more than four dozen articles and book chapters, including most recently an edited volume entitled “Public Private Partnerships in Education: New Actors and Modes of Governance in a Globalizing World.” Committed to playing an active role in policy dialogue about education and international development, she has contributed to many international policy papers and reports, and has acted as an external reviewer of the World Bank’s education activities in Africa; and an analyst of Canada’s aid effectiveness agenda in education. She has worked with foundations, international organizations and NGOs including the Hewlett Foundation, the Open Society (Soros) Foundation, the International Development Research Centre, CIDA, UNESCO and Unicef. Karen has an impressive record of service at OISE and the University (e.g. Interim Chair, Department of Adult Education and Community Development, CIDEC Director, and Co-Director of collaborative graduate program in Comparative, International and Development Education). An outstanding researcher and a CRC with an international reputation, Karen has an excellent understanding of trends in research funding, the pushes and pulls shaping research policy and research funding, as well as the commitment and tenacity to get out there and open doors for OISE.
I thank all nominators and nominees and the Appointments Committee: Peter Lewis, Associate Vice-President, Research, University of Toronto, and from OISE Susan Anderson, Ruth Childs, Jim Cummins, Esther Geva, Doug McDougall, Tricia Seifert, Suzanne Stewart, Rinaldo Walcott and Jeanne Watson. Most of all, my thanks toKaren for her willingness to take on this important role. I know you will give her every support and join me in congratulating her.
Julia O’Sullivan, PhD
Professor and Dean
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto