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New Jarislowsky chair introduced to Memorial

By Janet Harron | Jan. 15, 2015

Dr. Tony Fang is the newly appointed Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation at Memorial.

An economist, Dr. Fang comes to Memorial University from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he was director of the master of international business program and an associate professor of human resources management and employment relations. He previously taught at Toronto's York University and at the I. H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.

The mandate of the $2-million chair is to promote research in the areas of global and local cultures, immigration, diasporas,  demographic change and strategies for immigration retention and integration. These areas directly align with Dr. Fang’s research interests and accomplishments, which include a recent role as the domain leader in economic and labour market integration at Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement–Ontario Metropolis Centre and a recent stint as president of the Chinese Economists Society.

Dr. Fang has a PhD in industrial relations and human resource management from the University of Toronto. His areas of research interest encompass issues of compensation and benefits, high performance workplace practices, pension, retirement policy and the aging workforce, education, immigration and minimum wages, union impact on wages, innovation and firm growth, pay equity and employment equity.

He has published in such journals as Strategic Management Journal, Industrial and Labor Relations Review (Cornell), Industrial Relations (Berkeley), British Journal of Industrial Relations, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Public Policy, China Economic Review, Journal of World Business, Journal of Labor Research, International Journal of Manpower, Journal of Management History, Social Indictors Research and Perspectives on Labour and Income. He has also received nine research awards from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and five research grants from Human Resource and Development Canada.

“My ultimate goal is to make Memorial the place to study global migration, and cultural and economic transformation in North America,” said Dr. Fang. As chair, he says he hopes to establish a research centre, a speakers' series and an academic journal, all addressing issues of global migration and cultural diversity.

The Faculty of Arts and the Department of Economics will host a reception to introduce Dr. Fang to the Memorial University community on Friday, Jan. 16, form 3-5 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation’s atrium.  All are welcome to attend.