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Dr. Chris Moore

Dean, Faculty of Science

About

Chris Moore’s contributions to the Faculty and to Dalhousie go back to 1988, when he joined the Department of Psychology as an assistant professor. He’s also served as chair of his department, where he continues his research on young children's social development, supervises research students, and teaches in the undergraduate program.

During his tenure as dean, Dr. Moore has facilitated the creation of two new undergraduate degree programs: the Bachelor of Science in Ocean Sciences and the Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences. Both programs, he believes, help differentiate Dalhousie on an increasingly competitive post-secondary stage.

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When Chris Moore joined the Faculty of Science in 1988, he “saw Dal as one of the top options for someone in my position in Canada,” he says. “I was fortunate to get a position here. The Department of Psychology, as it was known then, and the Faculty of Science were both very strong.” Back then, the Department of Psychology was already doing creative things in programming, as it introduced the nation’s first Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. In Dr. Moore’s view, the program was “a sign of the innovative nature of our Faculty.”

Dr. Moore believes the Faculty of Science is only getting better, in part because of the recent addition of two undergraduate programs. In fall 2013, the Bachelor of Science in Ocean Sciences joined the roster – a program that in Dr. Moore’s view allows Dal to “be seen now as the best place in the country to do ocean-related sciences.” The program also happens to be the first of its kind in Canada.

The growth of ocean sciences as a discipline at Dal goes beyond adding the new degree program. “The success stories are quite amazing,” says Dr. Moore. “We won a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Ocean Science and Technology for Doug Wallace – one of only 19 CERC awards in the country. And we’ve created a national centre of excellence.” He’s referring to the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), now housed in the new Dalhousie Ocean Sciences Building, which opened its doors in June 2013 and provides a research hub for a range of projects both local and global.

Such differentiated programs are part of “a very intentional strategy” aimed at aligning programming with the Faculty’s research and teaching strengths – and with the goals of the larger community. “Oceans aligns with the province’s strategic priorities as well,” says Dr. Moore. “We’re building a synergy between Dal and the province by building the oceans sector.” As a result, Dalhousie is positioned to “become an indispensible piece of the overall economic fabric of the region.”

The Faculty of Science also collaborated with the Faculty of Medicine to create another new program: a Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences.  Dr. Moore says the new degree “is huge in terms of drawing new students to Dalhousie.”

As dean, Dr. Moore has helped bring the new programs into existence through consensus-building, and he sees the word “facilitator” as “very appropriate” to his role. “It’s very important to realize in doing this job that you don't achieve anything in a purely top-down fashion,” he explains. “Good ideas can come from anywhere, but without the broad support of the people who will ultimately grow, nurture, and implement them – the faculty and staff – they never get further than just ideas.”

Quick facts

  • Holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Cambridge (UK)
  • Research interests include developmental psychology, including theory of mind and social behaviour
  • Has published several books, including The Development of Commonsense Psychology and The Self in Time.