Meet our Vice-President Research

Karen Chad

We are building on a dynamic research culture that enriches the academic experience for our students, creates new knowledge across a broad array of disciplines, and helps improve the economic, social, and cultural vitality of our region and beyond. Together, we will unleash discovery the world needs. 


We're innovating, connecting and discovering solutions through our research.

Research Highlights

Research highlights and major announcements.

Signature Areas of Research

Areas of research and scholarship that help position USask among the most distinguished universities in Canada and the world.

Karen Chad - Vice-President Research

Working with partners and building on the University of Saskatchewan’s renowned history of discovery and innovation spanning more than a century, Karen works to enhance globally important research with local impacts.

Dr. Baljit Singh - Incoming Vice-President Research

Following an extensive national and international search, Dr. Baljit Singh, a highly accomplished veterinary researcher, educator and administrator, will join USask President Peter Stoicheff’s leadership team as vice-president research, effective February 1, 2021.


The Office of the Vice-President Research portfolio covers a tremendous range of activities and functions to support, enhance, promote and celebrate USask's research, scholarly and artistic activities.

Strategic Plan

This Research Strategic Plan provides our portfolio direction to achieving the ambitions, commitments and goals of the University Plan 2025

Strategic Goal 1 
Institutional Fortitude.

Strategic Goal 2 
Uplift Indigenization.

Strategic Goal 3 
Invigorate Our Health Cluster.

Strategic Goal 4
Embolden Our Strengths.

Strategic Goal 5
Put Our Knowledge To Work.

Role and Responsibilities

The Vice-President Research's primary accountabilities include:

  • Developing strategies, programs, services and supports to enhance the research, scholarly and artistic environment
  • Celebrating and promoting research, scholarly and artistic achievements and capabilities in provincial, national, and international arenas
  • Fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer
  • Forging inter- and multi-disciplinary collaborations and research partnerships
  • Oversight of the management of the research enterprise, including policy development, processes and administration

This is the University of Saskatchewan’s moment. Our research productivity and impact have never been more distinguished. 

- Karen Chad


 Peter MacKinnon Building, Room 210
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A2

General Requests

For meeting, speaking or general scheduling requests, and general information or questions contact Alice Der.