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Barbara Fallon appointed U of T’s associate vice-president, research

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Barbara Fallon, a professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and an expert in child welfare policies and practice, has been appointed the University of Toronto’s associate vice-president, research.

The role will see Fallon tasked with boosting the quality, impact and resourcing of research across U of T’s three campuses. She will begin the position on May 1, 2022, for a five-year term.

Fallon, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare and received U of T’s President’s Impact Award in 2020, says she’s excited for the opportunity and “humbled to work with the executive leadership team” at the university.

“I always think of research, service and teaching as a three-legged stool and how those components work together at the university fascinates me,” said Fallon. “Research must be informed by both service and community impact and teaching.

“Helping to support vast and varied programs of research across U of T is something that I’m really excited about.”

Fallon says she’s been an “incredible beneficiary” of mentorship and support throughout her career and is looking forward to building resources and support for others in her new role. That includes: further developing U of T’s culture of inclusive excellence in research; supporting and advocating for major awards and grants; and developing and resourcing U of T’s research infrastructure.

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