Dr. Karen Chad

University of Saskatchewan

Vice-President of Research, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Karen Chad is the Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and a faculty member in the College of Kinesiology. Since obtaining her Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in Australia, Dr. Chad has gained a reputation as a prolific researcher. Dr. Chad has received several research grants and contracts and has supervised numerous graduate students.  She also sits on a number of national boards and has chaired or overseen more than 100 pivotal boards, committees, research programs, and teams.

Dr. Chad has received several honours, including the YWCA Woman of Distinction (Health and Education) Award, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the International Award for “Innovation in Research” and the National Leadership Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Additionally, in 2011, she was identified as a “Woman of Influence” by Saskatchewan Business Magazine. Dr. Chad has also earned five teaching awards, including the U of S Master Teacher Award.

As the Vice-President Research at U of S, Dr. Chad plays a strategic leadership role in achieving many objectives within the context of the University’s key goals: to attract and retain outstanding faculty; to increase campus-wide commitment to research; to establish U of S as a major presence in graduate education; and to recruit and retain a diverse and academically promising body of students. Building on the University of Saskatchewan’s renowned history of discovery and innovation, Dr. Chad aims to enhance globally important research and expertise on issues that resonate with communities and society.