Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Chad London, PhD, was appointed to the position of Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, Mount Royal University, in August, 2011. The Faculty is comprised of the Department of Child Studies and Social Work, Department of Physical Education and Recreation Studies, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Centre for Child Well-being and the Centre for Nursing, Education, Scholarship and Teaching. The Faculty offers the following programs: Bachelor of Child Studies, Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing, Social Work Diploma, Advanced Studies in Critical Care Nursing and the Bridge to Canadian Nursing. The Faculty is supported by 90 full-time faculty, 40 exempt/contract support staff and approximately 200-250 part-time faculty.
Dr. London earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Physical Education from the University of Lethbridge, a Master’s degree in Human Kinetics majoring in Sport Management at the University of Windsor, graduating as the MHK Sport Management Student of the Year, and a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from the Graduate Division of Education Research at The University of Calgary. His doctoral research was focused on moral leadership in higher education. In 2010 he completed Harvard University's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.
In 1996 he joined the Faculty of Community Studies at Mount Royal College, teaching in the Sport and Recreation Management program until 2000, when he was appointed as Chair of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation Studies, prior to his appointment as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies. In addition to his duties as Chair, he also taught in the Physical Activity and Sport Administration program, including courses in leadership and communication, sport and recreation marketing, and sport administration.
Dr. London is an active scholar in the areas of higher education. His research has produced insights into the moral decision making of leaders, international education initiatives to enhance global learning for students and leadership styles of athletic directors and the complex roles of Department Chairs. He chaired an MRU institutional committee, the Task Force on the Role of the Department Chair, to develop an evaluative framework for assessing the roles of Department Chairs and directed its implementation as the Chair of the Role of the Departmental Chair Implementation Team.
Dr. London serves on many faculty and university committees and is an active member of numerous organizations such as the North American Society for Sport Management and the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. He has been instrumental in the development of many key university and program initiatives with organizations such as: the Alberta Association for Community Living; Persons with Development Disabilities – Calgary; Calgary Flames Hockey Club; and Alberta Health Services. He has fostered relationships and partnerships with other post-secondary institutions including University of Alberta, The University of Calgary, University of Regina, Universidad de Quintana Roo, Universidad de Guadalajara-Guzman, Akershus University College and the University College of the North.
He was instrumental in the development of the Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Program (IPSE) at Mount Royal University. IPSE has garnered an AACL Community Inclusion Award (the Community Inclusion Award (given to individuals or groups whose efforts have been outstanding in ensuring individuals with development disabilities are fully included in community life) and was nominated for a Norm McLeod Community Contribution Award (this award is presented by the Alberta Ministry of Seniors and Community Supports and recognizes groups or organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and commitment to community inclusion).
Dr. London is currently an editorial board member for the International Journal of Sport Management. In 2004 he was recognized by Calgary Inc. magazine as one of Calgary's Top 40 Under 40, a list of Calgarians under the age of 40 that recognizes professional and volunteer contributions as well as efforts to promote Calgary. Chad's leadership efforts in contributing service to the university and the community were recognized by Mount Royal University in 2007 when he was awarded the Distinguished Administrator/Manager Award. He was presented with an Exemplary Leader Award at the Chair Academy's 20th Annual International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas in March of 2011.