McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Announcement — Associate Vice President (Academic), Faculty of Health Sciences

Susan D. Denburg

Susan D. Denburg, PhD

June 23, 2010

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

It is my pleasure to announce the re-appointment of Dr. Susan Denburg as Associate Vice President (Academic) of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University effective July 1, 2010.

Dr. Denburg is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She holds a B.A. (Honours) from McGill University, a M.A. from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. She completed her postdoctoral training in neuropsychology and a clinical psychology internship at McMaster University and is a registered clinical psychologist. She has been a faculty member since 1978, working first as a staff psychologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital (1978-1990) and as education coordinator and then vice-chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences (1990-98).

Over the past ten years, as Associate Dean (Education), she has overseen the educational mandate of the Faculty including its educational programs and resources. She helped guide the expansion of the medical program and establish the distributed campuses of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in Waterloo and Niagara, as well as the physician assistant program. She launched the Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER), the Interprofessional Student Council (IPSC) and the Aboriginal Students Health Sciences Office. Facilities developed under Dr. Denburg’s guidance have included renovations to the Health Sciences Library and the anatomy lab, the establishment of the Clinical Learning Centre/Centre for Simulation Based Learning; and planning of the second and third floors of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery.

In 2005 Dr. Denburg assumed the additional portfolio of Associate Vice President (Academic) which expanded her responsibilities to include the health sciences library, information and learning technologies, and faculty affairs. She is a member of the senior management of the Faculty and University and director of Collaborations for Health (CfH), an initiative to identify and enhance innovative interdisciplinary health-related research and education across the University. The establishment of the McMaster Health Forum and of cross-Faculty health-related graduate programs have been signature successes of CfH.

As the Associate Vice President (Academic), Dr. Denburg will assist the Dean and Vice President with the academic and operational functions of the Faculty including long range planning, strategic decision making and resource allocation. She will work closely with the associate deans and department chairs to best position the Faculty to deliver its mission and continue her work in developing emerging community partnerships.

The combined role of Associate Vice President (Academic) and Associate Dean (Education) has been held by Dr. Denburg since 2005. Over the past five years, the Faculty has seen its educational programs double in size resulting in increased administrative responsibility and volume of work associated with each role. In February 2010, at the request of the Faculty, the University Senate approved splitting the two roles.

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