Mac researcher to become Brock’s new Dean of Applied Health Sciences

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Mac researcher to become Brock’s new Dean of Applied Health Sciences

Published on May 06 2011


Brock University today announced Neil McCartney — a renowned researcher with an international reputation for his work on human aging, cardiac rehabilitation and spinal cord injury — as the new Dean of its Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

McCartney, a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, takes up his new position at Brock on Aug. 1, 2011. Joanne MacLean, former chair of Brock’s Department of Sport Management, has been acting as Interim Dean while the University conducted its search for a permanent candidate.

The announcement was made by Murray Knuttila, Brock’s Provost and Vice-President/Academic.

“We are extremely pleased to be bringing in a scholar of Dr. McCartney’s credentials and achievements,” said Knuttila. “His academic and leadership capabilities will strengthen Brock’s senior team.”

McCartney said he is excited about his new role.

“It’s a great honour to be selected as Dean,” he said this week, “and I will work hard to fulfill the aspirations of students, staff and faculty members. I very much look forward to becoming a member of the Brock community.”

Currently the Director of McMaster’s distinguished Centre for Health Promotion and Rehabilitation, McCartney (BEd, Exeter University, UK, 1974; PhD, McMaster University, 1983) was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.

In 2009, McCartney was appointed by the provincial government to the Transitional Council of the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario, and was subsequently elected as its vice-president. The Council is in place to create the infrastructure, rules and regulations of this soon-to-be-established health care college.

In 1993, McCartney was appointed a visiting scholar at Stanford University in Palo Alta, California. He has also co-authored or contributed chapters to 10 books, and has been the lead or contributing researcher for more than 80 journal articles.

Dr. Neil McCartney

Dr. Neil McCartney