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Arts in action 2014/9
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Janet Lum


Associate Dean and Professor, Research and Graduate Studies


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As Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies since 2012, Dr. Janet Lum has been a strong advocate for supporting and advancing the scholarly research and creative activities of faculty members in Arts. With experience, passion and enthusiasm, Janet has played an active role in enhancing, strengthening and showcasing the dynamic talent of our faculty and graduate students.

From 2005 to 2012, Janet co-directed (with Dr. John Shields) the Master of Arts program in Public Policy and Administration —the first graduate program in public policy to achieve accreditation in Canada by the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration. This program became, and remains, one of the most highly regarded graduate public policy programs in Canada and one of the most applied to programs at Ryerson.  She and Dr. Shields received the Yeates School of Graduate Studies Award for their “Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education.”  Janet draws extensively from this experience to provide leadership alongside Graduate Directors to strengthen and enhance graduate studies and graduate programs in Arts.

Janet brings considerable experience to the Associate Dean’s position.  She has been an external adjudicator for the Social Sciences and Humanities, Canadian Institute for Health Research, and for provincial grant programs such as the Ministry of Labour, Research Opportunities Program. As well, she adjudicates numerous Ryerson-wide grant competitions.  

Janet also maintains an active research agenda. Her research is community-oriented, collaborative and multi-disciplinary, emphasizing key issues in integrated health and social care and home and community care.  A special research focus concerns the living and aging experiences of diverse populations. To maximize impact, she explores the public policies and processes that facilitate applicable, evidence-based outcomes –mobilizing knowledge and bringing that knowledge to end-users such as government policy makers, non-profit agencies and citizens.

Janet co-chairs the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC), an international knowledge mobilization network. With over 600 members including professional and non-professional providers, community organizations, consumers, policy analysts, government policy planners and external research partners located in over 10 countries, the network leverages international best practices to translate research ideas into policy action. Janet can point to demonstrable impact on policies in supportive housing, integrated care in community hubs and culturally diverse multi-service centres, the important role of personal support workers and informal caregivers in helping people to age at home.  Her findings have been published in Canadian Journal of Aging, Canadian Public Administration, Healthcare Quarterly, Healthcare Papers, Institute of Public Policy, Healthcare Policy, Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, Hospital Quarterly and Health and Social Care in the Community and Health Reform Observer. 

In recognition of the broad impact of her research, Janet was profiled as an Ashoka Changemaker by the Ryerson University Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and received the Ryerson “Celebrating Excellence, Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement Award” for her “demonstrated outstanding effort in communicating research beyond the University and significant impact in shaping evidence-based policy and practice.”

Janet looks forward to continuing her work to enhance the Arts SRC profile, provide grassroots support to researchers and to develop and strengthen innovative graduate programming in the Humanities and Social Sciences.