Dr. Paula Wood-Adams is the Interim Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University. She is a professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering and was formerly the Dean of Graduate Studies from 2013 to 2019. While widely recognized for her academic achievements, she is also known as a strong leader, having supervised over 30 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. As an administrator, she has provided strategic and operational direction to various functions of graduate studies at Concordia, focusing her attention mainly on new curriculum, professional development and program support, student funding and recruiting new, promising, graduate students as well increasing the visibility of their work externally.
She has been an active member of provincial and federal funding agency peer-review committees including, the New Frontiers Research Fund of the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, the National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ). She has also contributed numerous articles to scientific journals on her research focus: polymer science, polymer processing and rheology, and has received over $3.4M in grants to support her research. Dr. Wood-Adams is the vice-chair of the board of governors for John Abbott College and is the past President of ADÉSAQ, the Quebec association of deans of graduate studies.