Michael Plyley, Dean of Graduate Studies
When Michael Plyley became the Brock’s Dean of Graduate Studies on July 1, 2011, he had already spent a decade helping expand graduate activity at the University.
Brock presently offers 41 graduate programs, with more in the planning stages.
Prior to this appointment as Dean, he had been Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.
A biophysicist whose research concerns control of the adaptive response of the blood supply in skeletal muscle in health and disease, Plyley came to Brock in 2001 from the University of Toronto, recruited here to help develop research and graduate studies.
In 2008 he was instrumental in establishing Brock’s multi-disciplinary FAHS PhD program that spans three fields of study — behavioural and population health; health biosciences; and social and cultural health studies.
Plyley (BSc '72 and PhD '77, University of Western Ontario) began his academic career in 1979 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. In 1980, he returned to Canada and over the ensuing 20 years held a succession of significant research and faculty posts at the University of Toronto.
His career to date includes nearly 100 articles in academic publications, and more than 150 abstracts and presentations at national and international conferences.