New CSAHS Dean Named

June 03, 2010 - News Release

The University of Guelph has appointed a new dean in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS). Kerry Daly, the college's current associate dean (research) and a family relations professor, begins a three-year term July 1.

The appointment was approved Wednesday by the Board of Governors.

“Kerry is widely respected in the U of G and greater academic community as a scholar, a collaborator and a leader,” said Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic), who chaired the search committee.

“He has an outstanding record of teaching and research and strong experience as an administrator. He understands the workings of the college and the University, and has a vision of how to build on CSAHS’s strong multidisciplinary foundation.”

Mancuso thanked outgoing dean Alun Joseph for his contributions over the past 10 years, members of the search committee for their hard work and commitment to their task, and the University community for its participation.

A U of G professor since 1987, Daly chaired the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition from 2005 to 2007 before being appointed associate dean. He has also served on the University's Senate since 2004.

He is a founding director of U of G’s Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being. He was also director of the Father Involvement Research Alliance, a national organization of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.

Daly studies changing fatherhood practices and how families manage work and family life, as well as community-engaged scholarship.

“I am humbled by this opportunity,” he said. “This college is known for its depth and breadth, both in its offerings and expertise of faculty, staff and students, and I am excited to lead its enhancement and growth.”

Daly has received numerous teaching and research awards, including the President’s Distinguished Professor Award, the Anselm Strauss Award, the Learning and Teaching Award for Learner-Centred Excellence, and the H. David Kirk Award for Research Excellence in Adoption.

He has written four books and authored or co-authored numerous articles, research papers, conference papers and book chapters.

Daly holds a bachelor of arts degree from Carleton University, a master’s degree in family studies from U of G and a PhD in sociology from McMaster University.

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