Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

September 08, 2014 13:59 ET

Pacific Coast University For Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) Appoints Lynn Shaw as Inaugural Vice-President Academic and Dean

Exceptional Scholar Brings Visionary Leadership to New Not-for-Profit University For Workplace Health Sciences

PORT ALBERNI, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2014) - Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences, the world's first and only degree-granting institution dedicated to all aspects of Workplace Health Sciences, welcomes internationally-renowned scholar and academic leader Lynn Shaw as its inaugural Vice-President Academic and Dean, effective immediately.

In her new position, Dr. Shaw will be responsible for overseeing the academic program and budget, education policy, academic appointments, and strategic planning to enhance teaching, the online learning experience, and research.

"I am very pleased that our intensive search for a new Vice-President Academic and Dean has led us to Dr. Shaw," said PCU-WHS University President Wolfgang Zimmermann. "She is a highly regarded administrative leader with an outstanding record of working collaboratively, as well as a distinguished researcher in the field of return to work and occupational health. Her wealth of experience in building a world class academic program is geared towards inclusion and innovation that will prime our students to be leaders in the workplace health science field."

Dr. Shaw has received national and international recognition for her research and leadership in promoting worker and workplace health and wellbeing. Prior to joining PCU-WHS, Dr. Shaw served as Faculty Scholar at Western University. She has a PhD in Rehabilitation Science, and a Bachelor and Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Western University.

She also worked in the automobile and hospital sectors in occupational health and safety, contributing to her ongoing commitment to primary and secondary disability prevention. Her focus in higher education and research has been to help find ways to shape a culture of inclusion and prevention of occupational injustice. Dr. Shaw is also an accomplished author and has held two terms as President and one as Vice President of the Canadian Society of Occupational Science.

"I'm honoured to be joining the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences as it charts a new and transformative path in the field of Workplace Health Sciences," said Dr. Shaw, "I'm passionate about inclusion and participation in the workplace, and I'm looking forward to this opportunity to ensure the university's excellence and distinctiveness in education."

About Pacific Coast University For Workplace Health Sciences

Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences is a statutory not-for-profit post-secondary degree granting education and research institution for the special purpose of creating and disseminating new knowledge including applied research in the fields of return to work and disability management, workplace safety, health promotion, comprehensive rehabilitation and disability leadership studies. The University was established by the unanimous legislative consent of the Province of British Columbia with capital construction provided through the Government of Canada and a significant land donation by the City of Port Alberni in British Columbia. With the cooperation of government leaders and partnerships among labour and industry worldwide, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences is uniquely poised for success and offers a truly global education. The University is committed to excellence in teaching and research, scholarship, and service to the broader community. For more information, visit

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