Raymond Currie

Raymond F. Currie, Ph.D.

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Sociology (retired)

Associate, Centre for Higher Education Research and
Development, University of Manitoba



Ph.D. (1973) Sociology, Fordham University, New York

M.A. (1969) Sociology, Fordham University, New York


Professional Profile

2006-               Member of Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on
                         Social Conditions

2010-               Field Editor, Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research

2002-10           Executive Director, Canadian Research Data Centre Network

1998-09          Associate, Centre for Higher Education Research and 

1991-99           Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba 

1981-90           Founder and Director, Winnipeg Area Study    

1979-84           Head, Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba


Major Awards and Honours

2010     Lise Manchester Award, Statistical Society of Canada, "for his leadership role and vision
             in bringing the network to a high level of excellence in the promotion and use of a broad
             range of microdata for research work that has influenced the fomation of social and health
             policies in Canada"

2007    Outstanding Achievement Award, Faculty of Arts, University of

2002    Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award

1999    Dean Emeritus  , University of Manitoba

1999    Peter D. Curry Chancellor’s Award for Distinct Contributions to
University Governance and/or Development, University of Manitoba

1994    Canadian Association of University Business Officers “Innovation in
Management” Award

1994    Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association
            “Outstanding Contribution” Award

1994    University of Manitoba Faculty Association “Administrator of the
            Year” Award

1988    University of Manitoba Outreach Award


Current Research Interests

Canadian Research Data Centre Network.

As Executive Director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network, I am responsible for coordinating the administration of 24 Research Data Centres and Branches housed at universities across Canada. I am responsible for administrating the following awards;

·        A five year joint grant of $1.6 million a year from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (2005-2010)

·        A four year award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (2008-2012) to develop an intranet connection between the Centres and create DDI3 compliant metadata for over 60 data sets in the Centres.

·        A three year contract with Human Resources and Social Development Canada for up to $395,000 a year for contracts for research in RDCs  (2007-2009).


Academic Leadership

Since my retirement in 2000, I have lectured at 15 universities in Canada and abroad in areas of academic administration; primarily the role of Heads/Chairs and Deans, faculty development, particularly new and mid-career faculty, broad based climate issues and strategic planning.


Recent Publications

Raymond F. Currie. 2008. Secure and Uncertain, A Father’s Story. Winnipeg: Anderson House Press. Available online through McNallyBooksellers: http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home

Raymond F. Currie. 2008. “Managing Faculty Burnout.” University Affairs (August 13).

Raymond F. Currie. 2007. “Balancing Act:Your career in mid-life.” University Affairs (December 4).

Raymond F. Currie. 2007. “Rally or Retire.” University Affairs (April).

Raymond F. Currie. 2006. “The Satisfaction of Academic Leadership.” University Affairs (December 23).

Heaman, Maureen I., Blanchard, James F.,Gupton, Annette L., Moffatt, Michael E. K., Currie, Raymond F. 2005. "Risk factors for spontaneous preterm birth among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women in Manitoba.” Perinatal Epidemiology, Vol 19 (May).

Raymond F. Currie and Byron G. Spencer. 2005. “Research Data Centres: A Quantum Leap Forward in Social Science Research Capabilities.” Horizons Vol 8, No. 1: 38-42.