Professor Julia O'Sullivan Appointed Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

PDAD&C #67, 2009-10


To: Staff, Students and Alumni, OISE
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:      Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Date: March 10, 2010
Re: Professor Julia O'Sullivan Appointed Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

I am pleased to announce that the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Julia O'Sullivan as Dean of OISE from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2015.

Professor O'Sullivan is one of Canada's leading experts in the teaching and learning of reading. Originally from Dublin, she received her B.Sc. from Trinity College, Dublin and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Her research has attracted $7 million in external funding, and has led to the publication of more than 100 scholarly and professional papers and presentations. She is the lead researcher on two recent studies of reading: "Get Ready, Get Set, Get Going: Learning to Read in Northern Canada" is published in English, French, Ojibwa and Inuktitut and represents the first Canadian study in reading exclusively concerned with Northern children; "Key Factors to Support Literacy Success in School-aged Populations" (for the Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Education) is published by the Canadian Education Statistics Council. An advocate for children, a developmental psychologist and licensed teacher, she has worked actively with schools, community groups and governments for more than 20 years contributing to educational policy and services for young children. She was a member of the Government of Ontario's Expert Panel on Early Reading in 2002, served as a literacy specialist with Ontario's Turnaround Schools program and is an Advisor to the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, led by the Rt. Honourable Paul Martin

Professor O'Sullivan is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario and has led the Faculty's development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan. From 1999 - 2007, she was Dean of Education at Lakehead University, where she established the first Department of Aboriginal Education in a Canadian Faculty of Education. As the Founding National Director of the Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, she established and led a network of university, community, and government partners across Canada.

Please join me in welcoming Professor O'Sullivan to the University.