Acting Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) Announced

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Rebecca Hallett smiling in front of glass wall

The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Rebecca Hallett as Acting Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) for a one-year term starting May 1, 2017.

Hallett, a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES), will serve in this role while Prof. Beverley Hale is on a one-year administrative leave.

“I am very happy to have Rebecca take on this important position for the college,” shares Rene Van Acker, Dean of OAC. “Rebecca is a highly regarded research leader who understands how this role can help our faculty achieve greater success in research and continue to grow graduate enrollment." 

The Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) is responsible for leading and managing research and innovation in OAC, as well as the graduate programs. The Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) is also a key member of OAC senior leadership team.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve OAC in this capacity,” shares Hallett. “I look forward to supporting and championing our impressive research programs, facilitating new research initiatives, and growing our graduate programs through the recruitment of excellent students and scholars.”

Hallett is currently the Associate Director (Graduate Studies) for SES and has served on various Senate and OAC committees. She has supervised 20 graduate students and five postdoctoral fellows during her time at the University of Guelph. She has published 62 papers in refereed journals, 23 technical reports and developed a smartphone app called Aphid Advisor based on her research.

Hallett joined the University of Guelph in 1998 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon. Hallett completed both her MPM and Ph.D. in entomology at Simon Fraser University. A video with more information on Hallett and her research is available here.

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