Research team member Helen Lasthiotakis has accepted the position of Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) at the University of Toronto, effective September 8, 2015.
As Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, Helen has a leadership role in the oversight of strategic partnerships with external funding and advocacy organizations, coordination of activities with academic divisions and other central portfolios, provide oversight for strategic initiatives, awards and honors, global research partnerships, research information and analysis, preparation of major reports, and the management of the Office. She is a member of the Research Advisory Board.
Helen has held previous senior roles at U of T, including Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of the Dean in the Faculty of Arts & Science; Director, Academic Programs & Policy in the Office of the Vice-President and Provost; Science Coordinator for the Canada Ocean Drilling; and Program Manager for the Nortel Institute for Telecommunications in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. She also supported the University’s inaugural Senior Advisor to the President on Science Engagement. A double graduate of the University with a BSc and MSc from the Department of Geology at U of T, she is currently a PhD candidate with the Department of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education at OISE.
On June 5, 2015 an article on Canada’s Globe and Mail discussed the Thiel Fellowship, a program that offers highly talented youth $100,000 to leave higher education for a minimum of 2 years and focus on developing their dream start-up. Creso discussed findings of his recent book The Entrepreneurship Movement and the University.
On June 1, 2015, Creso Sá presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE). After being awarded the Research & Scholarship Award Professor Sá was invited to present on his recent work. The presentation focused on his latest book The Entrepreneurship Movement and The University.
The CSSHE is Canada’s forum for the promotion of research in the field of higher education. This year’s conference took place May 31 – June 2 in Ottawa, ON.
Team member Daniel Hamlin presented research done in collaboration with Creso Sá at this year’s American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference that took place April 16-20 in Chicago, Illinois. The presentation entitled “Research Use in Government: The Role of Capacity, Relationships, and Leadership.” examines the use of research in the policymaking process.
The AERA Annual Meeting seeks to connect scholars of education, including all levels from early childhood to higher education. With over 2,600 sessions, this year’s meeting welcomed more than 14,000 people.
On Wednesday April 15, 2015 team member Andrew Kretz successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled “Exploring the effects of postsecondary experiences on STEM majors’ attitude towards entrepreneurship.” This thesis was supervised by Creso Sá. The team is very proud of Andrew’s achievement and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavours!