Message from the Vice-President Research

Message from the Vice-President Research

Welcome! It is an honour for me to be part of the excitement of research at Brock University. I have the privilege each day to learn about new developments, new ideas, and new ways to build knowledge and insight.

Our focus on transdisciplinarity at Brock has set us on a course of finding how to best build upon and enrich research within disciplines while at the same time building the networks that cross intellectual and methodological borders.

Transdisciplinary engagement has extraordinary rewards. I have found in my own research that working across traditional domains of the experimental sciences, health sciences, and the humanities ensures that every day is a day of learning. To me, this is one of the great pleasures of research.

In a research-intensive university, we are all creators of knowledge and, in a very important sense, we are all students. I think this is the approach that creates true partnerships with our communities, an extraordinary engagement experience for undergraduate students, and the culture in which graduate students are valued as junior colleagues and research collaborators.

Dr. Gary Libben:


Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Research grants

Appointment as VPR

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Dr. Gary Libben

Dr. Gary Libben is a scholar and academic administrator who is a leader in advancing interdisciplinary research. Before coming to Brock, he served as Associate Vice-President (Research) at the University of Calgary. A psycholinguist who studies how words are represented and processed in the mind, Dr. Libben was named in 2008 as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a former President of the Canadian Linguistics Association, co-founder of The Mental Lexicon Journal, and was a founding director of the University of Alberta’s Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics. He has also been director of Words in the Mind, Words in the Brain, a Major Collaborative Research Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Libben’s international experience includes visiting professorships in Austria and the Netherlands.


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January 27, 2016 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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January 11, 2016 - 9:00am - January 14, 2016 - 12:00pm