Inclusivity in STEM - 2018/2019 PSEER Seminar Series with Dr. Maureen MacDonald

Date and Time


RICH 3504


The Power of Process Change
Dr. Maureen J. MacDonald, Dean of Science, McMaster University

Since taking on the position of Dean of Science in 2017, I have found that one of the true joys of the position is the ability to examine, influence and alter processes in order to align them with our shared values and goals.  While it is very important to increase awareness of issues related to equity, inclusion and diversity in STEM fields, I also think that we need to issue calls to action and respond to those calls in concrete ways.  In my talk, I will highlight some of the process changes we have been making at McMaster University and some of my aspirations for the future.


Dr. Maureen MacDonald became the first woman to lead the Faculty of Science with her appointment as Dean in May 2017. Dr. MacDonald is an accomplished professor, respected researcher and former Director of McMaster’s School of Interdisciplinary Science. She is an associate member of both the Department of Kinesiology and the School of Rehabilitation Science and is a member of the Exercise Metabolism Research Group.

Dr. MacDonald joined McMaster as a sessional instructor in 1998 after earning an undergraduate honours chemistry degree at Acadia University, her Masters and PhD in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and holding post-doctoral positions at Western University and the University of British Columbia. Dr. MacDonald is the recipient of the 2018 Mentorship Award from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, is a multiple nominee for the McMaster Students Union teaching award and has undertaken significant administrative leadership roles on a variety of committees and groups on campus and in the community.

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