Vice President (Research)

The Office of the Vice-President Research and its reporting units are the central support for the research community. They are critical for ensuring that the research activity at the University of Lethbridge continues to grow. These offices provide a broad range of essential services including:

  • Research development
  • Proposal development and mentorship
  • Research ethics compliance
  • University-industry liaison
  • Animal care services

If you are a University of Lethbridge faculty member seeking research support, please log into the internal ORIS website on the intranet. You will find forms, guidelines and other documents and procedures for all stages of your research.

Dr. Robert Wood

Interim Vice-President (Research)



Robert Wood is the University of Lethbridge’s new Vice-President of Research, as he takes over the lead role in expanding the research footprint of one of the country’s top research institutions.

Wood has served at the U of L for nearly two decades starting in the role as Dean of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, and more recently as the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Wood’s own research interests span the areas of social problems, youth culture, addiction and the sociocultural aspects of problem gambling. Wood earned a BA Honours from the University of Alberta, an MA from the University of Toronto, and his PhD at the University of Alberta, all in sociology.

Wood’s experience goes beyond the walls of the University as he has represented the U of L in a number of external roles such as president of the Western Canadian Deans of Graduate Studies, secretary-treasurer for the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and as Western Regional representative on the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Administrators.

Wood’s 13-month role as Interim Vice-President (Research) began on June 1, 2020.

Dr. Jackie Rice

Associate Vice-President (Research)
Dean, School of Graduate Studies


Dr. Rice earned a BSc in 1993, a MSc in 1995, and a PhD in computer science in 2003 from the University of Victoria. From 1995 to 2000 she worked as a computer consultant for various areas of industry, and she has been teaching at post-secondary institutions since 1995. Dr. Rice's experiences being one of very few women in her area have shaped how she goes about doing research. As well these experiences have given her a drive to encourage diversity, and not just in computer science. As a result Dr. Rice is active in outreach and mentoring for young people from many different backgrounds, including working with the local Sea Cadets as a civilian instructor. Dr. Rice has been with the University of Lethbridge since 2002 and currently holds the positions of Associate Vice President (Research) and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.