McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Announcement — Assistant Dean, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program

Stacey Ritz

Stacey Ritz, PhD

August 20, 2015

From: Alan J. Neville, MBChB, Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Health Sciences

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Stacey Ritz as assistant dean of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program (B.H.Sc.) of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), effective July 1, 2015.

Dr. Ritz re-joins us from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), where she has been a faculty member in the Medical Sciences Division for the past 10 years, most recently as an associate professor since 2010.

In her new role, Dr. Ritz will lead the innovative and popular B.H.Sc. program, which was designed to offer students an understanding of health from biological, behavioural and population-based perspectives, with a foundation in science. She replaces Dr. Del Harnish, who has served as assistant dean since the program's inception in 2000.

Dr. Ritz earned both her B.Sc. (Honours) in biology and PhD in molecular immunology, virology and inflammation from McMaster University, in 1997 and 2003 respectively. This year, she received her M.Ed. in curriculum studies from the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Ritz has been involved in our B.H. Sc. Program's success before. She taught first-year inquiry in the B.H.Sc. program in 2004, and co-developed and co-taught the fourth-year B.H.Sc. course on science, culture and identity. She was part of the team of instructors who won McMaster's 2005 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Course or Resource Design), as well as the national Alan Blizzard Award for collaborative course development and contributions to teaching from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

At NOSM, she played key roles in the development and implementation of many policies for the medical program, including leadership positions in student assessment and promotion, student appeals, and curriculum development and refinement in the MD program and the NOSM Pediatrics Residency Program.

Dr. Ritz's research interests include integrating sex and gender into laboratory-based biomedical research; critical discourse analysis and critical literacy in health professional education; and the effects of particulate air pollution on the immune system.

Please join me in giving Dr. Ritz a warm welcome as she settles into her new role.


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