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About the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research

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Gloria S. Waters assumed the position of Associate Provost and Vice President for Research at Boston University on July 1, 2013. In this role she has responsibility for the University’s research enterprise. She represents the University to key stakeholders in government, industry and foundations and leads the development and implementation of effective policies and procedures to streamline and manage research.

Dr. Waters received her academic training from McGill University, Montreal Canada, where she was awarded the bachelor’s degree in Psychology and from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada where she completed both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology. Subsequent to receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Waters was a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University and then received a career development award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. She was on faculty at McGill University until 1997 at which time she was appointed as Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Boston University.

Dr. Waters served as the Dean of Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College from 2005 to 2013. During this time she made tremendous strides in increasing the size, quality, and selectivity of the College’s undergraduate and graduate programs. During her service as Dean, she succeeded in doubling the volume of Sargent’s research funding, and she implemented administrative organization and processes resulting in increased efficiency, as well as enhanced student and faculty support. She has served as a member of several University-level search committees and task forces. Most notably, she co-chaired the Council on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. She has also played a critical role in the development of research compliance policies.

Dr. Waters research is in the areas of language and memory processes and includes a portfolio of federal and foundation-sponsored awards. The U.S. Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, the Medical Research Council of Canada, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Alzheimer’s Association of America, among others, have funded her research.