(July 29, 2022) – The national search for the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture has now been completed and Laurentian University is pleased to introduce Dr. Joy Gray-Munro as Dean.
Dr. Gray-Munro, an Associate Professor from Laurentian University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture has been at Laurentian for nearly 20 years and has filled multiple leadership roles within the University, including:
- Vice Dean, Faculty of Science Engineering and Architecture
- University Senator
- Chair of Faculty Council
- Chair of Faculty Curriculum Committee
- Leader of Task Force on Environmental Programming
- Coordinator PhD Materials Science Program
- Coordinator Interdisciplinary Sciences Program
A leader amongst her peers, her dedication to teaching was also recognized as the winner of the Laurentian University Full Time Teaching Excellence Award in 2018. Her research has focused on Chemistry, specifically in the area of surface chemistry with an emphasis on the surface modification of biomedical implant materials to improve their biocompatibility. One particular focus is on the development of coatings to control the biodegradation rate and biocompatibility of biodegradable metallic implants for orthopedic applications.
Dr. Gray-Munro earned her Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Mount Allison University. Her doctoral work involved the surface modification of biomedical polymers to give them antibacterial properties. She completed postdoctoral positions at the National Research Council and the University of New Brunswick before becoming a faculty member at Laurentian University in 2003.
Dr. Gray-Munro begins her term as Dean on August 1, 2022. The University also wishes to recognize the many efforts of Dr. Dean Millar who served in the role of Interim Dean since December of 2020.