New associate dean (research) to help business faculty during time of change


Dr. Travor Brown


Sept. 22, 2015

A new associate dean of research has taken his place at the Faculty of Business Administration.

Dr. Travor Brown began his term as associate dean on Sept. 1. A professor of human resources and labour relations, he was the director of the master of employment relations (MER) program from 2010-2013, during which time it was ranked fifth in Canada among human resource management programs in the 2013-14 Eduniversal Best Master’s Ranking by Eduniversal Observatory.

“I think because of the success I had in growing the MER program that I can take that experience and bring it to growing our research-based graduate programs, and that’s very much in line with the goal of Memorial’s strategic research intensity plan to double its graduate students,” he said.

Dr. Brown began working at the business faculty in 1999 and has also held positions at the University of Toronto and the University of Ulster. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Memorial and a master of industrial relations and a PhD in industrial relations, both from the University of Toronto.

The business faculty will see a number of long-serving faculty members retire this year, and Dr. Brown says his background in human resources will help the faculty to manage this change.

“I think the changing demographic [of faculty members] is going to be one of the biggest challenges we’re going to face. We will see a lot of new faculty members coming in, who are often freshly off their PhDs, so we want to create an environment where they can successfully launch and continue their careers. This is a good opportunity to help shape the future of the faculty and continue our momentum in research and contributing to the province.”

Dr. Brown also aims to help grow the number of high-quality applicants to the faculty’s research-based graduate programs, explore funding sources outside of tri-council grants and support the establishment of research chairs.

“Dr. Brown’s experience as a leader in human resources is particularly important at this point in time as we continue our growth in the areas of research, leadership and community engagement,” said Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, dean of the business faculty. “We’re seeing a great deal of momentum and have a number of interesting initiatives underway for which Dr. Brown’s industry and academic experience will be of incredible value. We’re excited to have him with us in this new role.”

Dr. Brown is a former president of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. He’s authored more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, a textbook and over 70 conference presentations. He’s been the sole investigator on two national Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grants.

Much of his research examines issues concerning goal setting and training effectiveness with a focus on management and leadership development.

In addition to his academic background, Dr. Brown has extensive industry experience in the telecommunications and manufacturing sectors.

Susan White