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Announcement — Associate Dean and Director, School of Nursing

Carolyn Byrne

Carolyn Byrne, RN, PhD, MHSc

July 28, 2014

From: John G. Kelton, M.D., Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Carolyn Byrne, as associate dean and director of the School of Nursing, effective July 1, 2014.

As the associate dean and director of the School of Nursing, Dr. Byrne oversees over 430 full-time and part-time faculty and instructors, more than 50 administrative and research staff members and nearly 2,000 students enrolled in one of its various streams, including the popular McMaster Mohawk Conestoga BScN Program. The BScN program recently received a seven-year accreditation, along with its college collaborators, Mohawk and Conestoga, from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing; the highest accreditation level attainable.

Dr. Byrne began her academic career in the School of Nursing at McMaster in 1981. During her time at McMaster she taught in the undergraduate and graduate-nursing programs, chaired the Undergraduate Nursing Program, received the President's Award for Educational Leadership, and was a nurse consultant in the Mental Heath Nursing Hamilton Wentworth Public Heath Unit.

In 2002 she moved to the then new University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) as founding dean of health science. At UOIT she established undergraduate programs in Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Health Sciences, Kinesiology and a graduate program in Health Sciences. She is professor emeritus at UOIT.

In 2010 she became the dean and CEO of the University of Calgary's Nursing branch camps in Doha, Qatar, where she established key linkages with health care partners and government. She increased enrollment to 300 students from 60 students in two years, and boosted research productivity to more than $2 million in the same time.

Dr. Byrne's clinical background is in community mental health with adults and children. She received her master's degree in health sciences from McMaster and her PhD from the Department of Family Studies and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph.

Dr. Byrne has been an active researcher in community-based research through the System Linked Research Unit at McMaster, the Community-Linked Evaluation HIV/AIDS Resource unit at McMaster, and the Health Education Technology Research unit at UOIT.

Since beginning her new role, Dr. Byrne has met with many faculty and staff members within the School of Nursing and has started to get a good sense of the school's undercurrent. She plans to meet with partners and external clinical agencies as well as senior administrators within the Faculty of Health Sciences, with an aim to kickstart a fundraising campaign for the School of Nursing.

Dr. Byrne has made a tremendous footprint on the nursing scene over the course of her career to date and I can certainly sense this same passion and drive already at play in her role here. She is a remarkably visionary administrator.

We welcome Dr. Byrne back to McMaster to lead the School of Nursing as the associate dean and director.

Dr. Byrne replaces Catherine Tompkins, who was associate dean and director of the School of Nursing for the past decade. Under her leadership, the School of Nursing celebrated a period of great creativity and academic and research achievement. I would like to express my thanks to Dr. Tompkins for her exceptional service to the School and the broader University.

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