Leading Public Health Scholar Appointed as Next VP Research & Innovation

(Windsor, Ont., Friday, Feb. 17, 2023) ­­– The University of Windsor has announced the appointment of Shanthi Johnson to the position of vice-president, research and innovation, effective July 1, 2023. The position reports to the University’s president and vice-chancellor.

Dr. Johnson will be the University’s internal and external advocate for research, creative work, scholarship, and innovation, providing leadership in advancing areas of opportunity to further accelerate growth and success while ensuring effective support of researchers. In her role, Johnson will also be responsible for advancing UWindsor’s research culture by enhancing the development of interdisciplinary research teams, expanding partnership opportunities, capitalizing on strategic research funding, and supporting student and community engaged research.

Dr. Shanthi Johnson smiles in a portrait photoJohnson, whose research focuses on falls/injury prevention, aging in place in rural communities, and social isolation among immigrant and refugee seniors, comes to the University of Windsor from the University of Alberta where she served most recently as professor and dean of the School of Public Health.

Building on a strong academic foundation from India and culminating with a PhD from the University of Western Ontario, she has significant research and leadership experience in Canada and beyond. She also has had considerable national and international experience through her participation on various councils and boards including the National Seniors Council, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, and the CIHR Governing Council.

UWindsor president Robert Gordon says he is thrilled to welcome Johnson to the University of Windsor community.

“With an impressive body of scholarship that boasts interdisciplinary collaboration and community-engaged practice, Dr. Johnson will be an excellent addition to the University’s leadership team.”

Johnson said she is honoured to have the opportunity to lead, support, and elevate the innovative research capacity and impact at the University of Windsor.

“It is a privilege to join a university community driven by relevance to the critical issues our society faces right now while looking ahead to the solutions we will need in the future,” she said. “I am committed to celebrating and strengthening UWindsor’s diversity of research and innovation.”





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