Joseph Reappointed CSAHS Dean
July 14, 2006 - Campus Bulletin
Prof. Alun Joseph has been reappointed to a second five-year term as dean of the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS), pending final approval by the Board of Governors.
Joseph is the longest-serving dean at U of G. He was first appointed in July 2000 after serving as chair of the Department of Geography for eight years. “Alun has extensive experience, know-how and understanding of the workings of this university and of our underlying philosophy and principles,” says Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic).
He was part of the team that brought together two colleges (Family and Consumer Studies and Social Science) to create CSAHS in 1998 and was integral to the transition process, Mancuso says. He also put that knowledge to use helping to lead the planning and the development of the new College of Management and Economics, she says.
“He is simply a first-rate dean, with a very collegial leadership style, coupled with creativity, enthusiasm and deep commitment to the college and its students, faculty and alumni. He is deeply admired and respected by his peers, as was evident by the tremendous support he received from his college and the University community during the review process."
As dean, Joseph worked to create new partnerships and multidisciplinary collaborations, both on and off campus, and to deepen and broaden alumni support. He is known for his passionate support of all the college’s activities.
During his 30-year academic career, Joseph has researched and published extensively on rural studies and, in particular, the delivery of health and social services to rural populations. He has been a member of national multidisciplinary research projects, including the Canadian Aging Research Network, examining how eldercare can be balanced with workplace and family commitments. He also contributed to two special commissions of the International Geographical Union and was an adjunct professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. In addition, he served as a consultant to several federal and provincial agencies brainstorming new methods of health-care service delivery to seniors.
Joseph has degrees from Liverpool and Queen’s universities and earned his PhD from McMaster University.