Associate Vice-Presidents

  • Jaquelyn Burkell
  • David Muir
  • Bryan Neff
  • Kevin Shoemaker

Jacquelyn Burkell

Associate Vice-President (Research)
AVPR and administrative support contact:
avpr-ssah@uwo.ca

  • Primarily focused on research and projects related to arts, humanities and social sciences
  • Works with stakeholders to better integrate research and teaching missions
  • Champions EDI&D in research and international research collaborations in all disciplines
  • Works with centres and relevant institutes regarding applications, renewals and ongoing activities

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Biography

Jacquelyn Burkell was appointed to a five-year term as Associate Vice-President (Research), effective July 1, 2021. She holds a PhD in Psychology (Cognitive Science) from Western and is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies.

Jacquelyn served as the faculty’s Assistant Dean of Research for seven years and chaired the Associate Deans (Research) group from 2016-2018. Throughout her career, Jacquelyn has served on a wide variety of academic committees, including the 2016 URB Task Force Steering Committee – Support for Research in Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities at Western.

 

A highly collaborative scholar, Jacquelyn is a co-investigator on two SSHRC partnership grants – one examining artificial intelligence in the context of justice, the other focused on youth equality and privacy online. More broadly, her research focuses on the social impact of technology and examines how technological mediation changes social interaction and information behaviour.

David Muir

Associate Vice-President (Innovation & Strategic Partnerships)
AVPR and administrative support contact: avp-innovation@uwo.ca

  • Primarily focused on increasing innovation opportunities, fostering social impact and translating ideas and research into commercial opportunities
  • Works with stakeholders to implement a pan-campus strategy for partnerships across disciplines and sectors
  • Provides leadership to the Innovation & Strategic Partnerships portfolio, WORLDiscoveries and Western Research Parks

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Biography

David Muir was appointed Associate Vice-President (Innovation & Strategic Partnerships), effective February 1, 2022. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Western, where his doctoral research focused on synthetic organic chemistry. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in natural product chemistry at the University of Alberta.

David came to Western from the National Research Council, where he had been Director of Research and Development for the Automotive and Surface Transportation portfolio in London. There, he helped revitalize and grow the facility by increasing supports for the automotive and manufacturing sectors, and by driving partnerships with private and public collaborators in Canada and around the world.

David previously spent 20 years in a series of progressive roles at 3M Canada, including in research and development, and in business management positions in the food and medical sectors.

Bryan Neff

Associate Vice-President (Research)
AVPR and administrative support contact: avpr-scieng@uwo.ca

  • Primarily focused on research and projects related to science, engineering and technology
  • Works to enhance grant submission processes and champion large granting initiatives
  • Provides strategic oversight of internal funding programs
  • Advances Western’s success in external awards and recognitions

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Biography

Bryan Neff has been appointed to a five-year term as Associate Vice-President (Research), effective July 1, 2021. He holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Toronto and is a Professor here at Western in the Department of Biology.

Bryan has taken leadership roles at Western in each of undergraduate education, graduate education, and research portfolios. He comes to this position after nine years as the Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Science. Bryan has served on the Senate Committee on University Planning, University Research Board, Academic Integrity in Research Activities panel, and with partnering agencies including Genome Canada on their Large Scale Applied Research Project selection panel, NSERC’s Discovery panel, and NSERC’s strategic planning committee on partnership.

Bryan is an expert on the behaviour, genetics and ecology of fishes, and has worked extensively to conserve native biodiversity and improve the efficiency and sustainability of the aquaculture industry in Canada and globally. His research bridges both discovery and partnership programs, which has culminated in back-to-back NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements and the SYNERGY prize, NSERC’s top award for collaborative research. 

Kevin Shoemaker

Associate Vice-President (Research)
AVPR and administrative support contact: avpr-health@uwo.ca.

  • Primarily focused on research and projects related to medical and health sciences
  • Engages with Lawson and London’s hospitals to ensure coordination and collaboration
  • Oversees core facilities and supports efforts to manage Western's use of animals in research

AVP Kevin Shoemaker

Biography

Kevin Shoemaker was appointed to a five-year term as Associate Vice-President (Research), effective July 1, 2021. He is a Distinguished University Professor at Western, professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Canada Research Chair in the Integrative Physiology of Exercise and Health.

Kevin is a Principal investigator with the Bone and Joint Institute, and an Associate investigator at the Brain and Mind Institute and the Lawson Health Research Institute. In 2017, he was elected a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Kevin is a Physiologist by training with emphases on neural control of the circulation, organ blood flow regulation, and neural strategies of communication within the sympathetic nervous system. His studies focus on human health and disease prevention with emphasis on the impact of physical activity on neurovascular coupling, and the associated mechanisms.

He also has taken an active role in advancing student mental health at Western. Holding funding from each of the tri-agencies, Kevin's research is uniquely interdisciplinary and team-based, with many international partners.