McMullin named to top international post

Award-winning researcher Julie McMullin has been appointed to a five-year term as Western’s first-ever vice-provost, international, commencing June 1.

McMullin, a world-renowned scholar in the areas of aging, gender and ethnicity, has served as special advisor on internationalization to Western’s Provost Janice Deakin since Jan. 1, 2011.

According to Deakin, McMullin’s international research and development experience, which garnered a Premier’s Research Excellence Award (PREA) in 2004 and numerous other awards and grants throughout her academic career, combined with the administrative skills she gained as associate dean research in the Faculty of Social Science, made her an excellent choice for this important role.

“Julie has provided outstanding leadership over the past 15 months, during which time she has been instrumental in building and shaping the administrative team overseeing Western’s international student recruitment initiatives, international student services, study-abroad and exchange programs, and a host of other international relations activities,” Deakin said. “With the collective support of Western’s senior administration and Western International staff, I am confident she will continue to provide creative and effective leadership within this important portfolio.”