Lakehead University appoints new Dean of Faculty of Science & Environmental Studies

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Dr. Todd Randall

February 3, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Following a comprehensive search, Lakehead University has announced the appointment of Dr. Todd Randall as the institution’s new Dean of the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies. His five-year appointment begins on March 1, 2017.

Dr. Randall assumes the role having previously served as Interim Dean of the faculty from July 2014 through August 2016.

“Dr. Randall has consistently added value to our University, and is an exceptional choice for Dean of the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Provost and Vice-President, Academic. “He is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the diverse academic priorities and programs of the Faculty’s 10 departments, along with continuing to nurture a vibrant research and scholarly culture.”

“Science and Environmental Studies at Lakehead has a strong tradition of community outreach, and engagement of current and prospective students in faculty-led research,” Dr. Randall said. 

“As Dean, I look forward to working with our students, faculty, and staff to continue building on the success of our predecessors with community and student outreach in initiatives such as the Aboriginal Mentorship Program, Superior Science, the Northwestern Ontario Regional Science Fair, and Science Olympics,” he said.

Dr. Randall will lead the Faculty in renewing and strengthening its excellence in teaching, learning, and research at Lakehead’s Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses.

In addition to serving as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, Dr. Randall’s served as Chair of the Department of Geography & the Environment from 2012-2014, and has provided many valuable contributions to the University through his work on Faculty and Senate committees. In 2014, his skills as an instructor were recognized when he received the student-nominated Contribution to Teaching Award.  

Dr. Randall’s primary research area is the assessment of urban forms and neighbourhood styles in order that communities better reflect principles of environmental sustainability. He has ongoing projects investigating long-term changes and revitalization in Thunder Bay’s downtown cores.

Dr. Randall joined Lakehead University in 2002 as a faculty member in the Department of Geography after earning his PhD in civil engineering and MSc in glacial sedimentology from McMaster University, and an undergraduate degree in physical geography from University of British Columbia.

Dr. Randall also worked as a geoscience consultant during the mid-1990s, helping to improve the application of BC’s then-new Forest Practices Code, and he is a registered Professional Geoscientist.


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