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Faculty Focus: Health Sciences

April 1, 2012

Faculty Focus: Health Sciences Improving the human condition
" We need to invest in our programs to attract the best students." – Jim Weese, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

Western's Faculty of Health Sciences, an international leader in health, health care, rehabilitation and physical activity, prepares the students of today to address the health care challenges of tomorrow.

"We strive to make our Faculty a great place to work, study, learn and grow," says Jim Weese, Health Sciences dean since 2004. "It is imperative to develop a culture that fosters creativity and growth. Out of that comes learning and discovery that make tangible contributions to the well-being of people around the globe."

Student interest in the Faculty has never been greater and the quality of students coming to campus continues to increase. This is a trend Weese hopes to see continue.

"We need to invest in our programs to attract the best students," Weese says. "Part of that recruitment process is showing that we are committed to providing the resources necessary for success, such as scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students."

With research and teaching expertise across a number of areas – Nursing, Kinesiology, Health Studies, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology – the Faculty offers its students a unique look at human health from a variety of perspectives.

Providing innovative learning experiences are among the ideas shaping Weese's vision for his Faculty's future. He believes bringing together researchers at the forefront of their fields with talented and motivated students can create endless opportunities for discovery of new knowledge.

In this pursuit, the Faculty has committed to creating four endowed Research Chairs to attract some of the world's top academic minds to Western. With a focus on health and aging, hearing, musculoskeletal health and exercise as behavioural medicine, these chairs would complement the faculty's existing strengths and enhance Western's reputation for providing an unparalleled student experience and improving the quality of life for others.

"Even though we are a large faculty, we are all dedicated to the same thing," Weese says. "All our members have a strong interest in improving the human condition. This unifying focus promotes collaboration among researchers and lends itself to innovative learning experiences for our students."

For more information, please contact Catherine Dorais-Plesko at 519-661-2111 ext. 86510 or email

This article appeared in the Spring 2012 edition of Impact Western
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