DLSPH Open: Administrative Renewal & Welcome New Staff

January 24/2018


Dear colleagues,

Welcome back and Happy New Year to everyone.

This month we are delighted to welcome new staff to DLSPH who will help further enhance the student experience, support academic administration and continue our forward momentum of the last six months.

First, the Public Health Sciences Graduate Department welcomes Tony Panzarella as Director of the Biostatistics MSc Program, and Mary Fodor O’Brien as Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum Coordinator.

Tony is a biostatistician with more than 30 years of experience in cancer research and member of the public health sciences community since 2003. In the role of Director of the Biostatistics MSc Program, Tony will support all matters related to biostatistics program curriculum, practica, admission and recruitments. He will also provide mentorship to MSc students and liaise with Biostatistics alumni.

Mary is a career dietitian with experience in all levels of government, research institutes, and not-for-profit agencies where she has supported numerous students to develop advanced professional skills and become registered dietitians. As Practicum Coordinator, Mary will broker placement opportunities, provide student support, evaluate placement work and liaise with the Nutrition and Dietetics program team to ensure it supports student achievement in placements and ultimately in practice as registered dietitians.

Second, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation welcomes Jacqueline Deane as Appointments Administrator, a secondment from the Office of the Vice Principal and Dean of the University of Toronto Scarborough. For the next 12 months she will be responsible for triaging Academic HR matters, including faculty promotions, reviews, searches, and academic appointments. Jacqueline has worked on all three U of T campuses, including the Rotman School of Management and the Department of Biology of University of Toronto Mississauga.

Finally, an update on the DLSPH Administrative Review, which is part of a regular process that all faculties undergo every five years to ensure administrative services are structured to best support the Faculty’s goals and priorities. The administrative review report made recommendations to hone our administrative processes and after careful consideration, we will move forward with a set of recommendations in the first quarter of 2018.

The first recommendation is to launch an Information Technology review to identify opportunities for efficiency and help us set the foundation for our future educational aspirations as well as optimize core activities. The second recommendation is to create a new Public Health Sciences Business Manager position to carry-out the Department’s day-to-day operations and enhance communication and transparency of financial policy and procedures.

As always, I am appreciative of the continued excellent efforts of our hardworking faculty, staff and students. I trust our new administrative staff recruits and executed recommendations will help us continue the forward momentum we’ve created over these last months.

Best regards,

Adalsteinn Brown
Interim Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Dalla Lana Chair in Public Health Policy