The director of Sauder’s research support services, Frances Chandler, is the new president of the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators, the country’s leading network of her peers.
CAURA also presented her with the Dan Chase Distinguished Service Award - Priority Initiatives, for her work advancing the organization’s goals of communicating and facilitating cutting-edge research.
In her new role, Chandler will connect with counterparts around the globe and work closely with major funding agencies, work that she says will bring invaluable insight to her position at Sauder. At the school, Chandler helps researchers set up grants, manage finances and navigate ethics regulations, moving projects from start to finish.
“My job is to help faculty members be successful in their research,” says Chandler. She encourages any Sauder researchers to ask her how she can help them achieve their research goals.
As CAURA’s president, she’ll gain access to detailed information about the workings of funding bodies and journal publishers. “Plus, it will raise Sauder’s profile quite a bit, as I represent the school among major international players in university research,” she says.
Professor Darren Dahl, senior associate dean, faculty and research, was excited to hear the news, saying that Chandler’s CAURA presidency will be a valuable asset for the school.
“This is truly an honour – and very well deserved,” Dahl says.
At Sauder, Chandler is also teaching a research methods course in the coming months, as part of the Commerce Scholars Program that she helps coordinate. The program gives high-achieving BCom students an enriched experience in business research, as each student is mentored by a Sauder professor. Chandler is also the director of Sauder Social Entrepreneurship-Kenya, a business skills program training Kenyan youth to start their own businesses.