Noreen Golfman, dean of graduate studies and professor of film and English at Memorial University, is the new president of the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies.
The association said in a news release, Golfman would begin her duties Tuesday.
“Graduate education is a global issue,” said Golfman. “It is critical to Canada’s future productivity and our international reputation. The number of jobs for those with graduate degrees grew from 600,000 to more than 1.3 million between 1990 and 2009 and that trend continues. Investment in graduate education is a good strategy for governments, business and individuals. It impacts everything from telecommunications to health care, policy development in the public and private sectors, the agri-food sector and energy, as well as education.”
The Canadian Association of Graduate Studies brings together deans and administrators from 58 Canadian universities with graduate programs. It is also an information hub for people and organizations such as Canada’s funding agencies and graduate student organizations.
The association is holding its 50th anniversary conference this week, from Nov. 4 -7, in Ottawa.