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Professor Kelly Lyons takes on new role at School of Graduate Studies

Submitted on Friday, November 04, 2022

Professor Kelly Lyons has been appointed Acting Vice-Dean, Research and Program Innovation at the School of Graduate Studies from January 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023.

A professor in the Faculty of Information, Lyons is cross appointed to the Department of Computer Science. Prior to joining the Faculty of Information, she was the Program Director of the IBM Toronto Lab Centre for Advanced Studies where she was responsible for designing and implementing innovative research and knowledge mobilization programs that resulted in research funding (annually) for over 60 PhD students and approximately 40 Faculty Fellows. Her current research interests include service science, knowledge mobilization, data science, social media, collaborative work, and software engineering.

From 2015 to 2020, Lyons served as Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Information where she provided leadership and oversight of curriculum development and program delivery for all of the Faculty’s academic programs. From 2020 to 2021, Kelly served as the Dean’s Advisor on Pandemic Planning and Response where she led the development of re-entry plans and worked to support faculty, staff, and students during the crisis of the pandemic, collaborating with the School of Graduate Studies and Provost’s office on programs to help graduate students who were impacted by the pandemic. She is currently the Dean’s Advisor on Strategic Initiatives.

Kelly has co‐authored several papers, served on program committees for conferences, given many keynote and invited presentations, and co‐chaired several workshops. She has been the recipient of an NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant, NSERC Discovery Grants, an NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant with SAP, NSERC Engage Grants (with Sciencescape and Dell), MITACS Accelerate Grants (with numerous companies), a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant, two University of Toronto/UCL research grants, an IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Grant, an IBM Advanced Studies grant, and has received funding through the GRAND Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). Kelly is an IBM Faculty Fellow and a Faculty Affiliate of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. She is currently on the Board of CS-Can/Info-Can and on the Board of the Informs Service Science Section. From 2008 to 2012, she was a Member‐at‐Large of the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) Council and a member of the Executive Board of the ACM Women’s Council (ACM-W).

“I am delighted that Professor Lyons has agreed to serve as Acting Vice-Dean, Research and Program Innovation, and I look forward to working closely with her in this capacity,” said Joshua Barker, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education.