Lorin Elias has been appointed to the position of associate dean students in the College of Arts & Science for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2016.
Currently completing a one-year term as interim associate dean students, Elias has been with the University of Saskatchewan since 1998, where he began in the Department of Psychology. By 2008, he achieved the rank of professor. Elias earned his BA (Honours) from the U of S, and his MA and PhD from the University of Waterloo. During his tenure, Elias was associate head for the Department of Psychology from 2010-2012, and department head from 2013-2015 before he took on the role of interim associate dean in July 2015.
Throughout his career at the U of S, Elias has had tri-agency-funded research in the areas of cognitive neuroscience (focusing on hemispheric specialization, biases in spatial attention, driving safety, and advertising and aesthetics). He has supervised many graduate students and has published extensively. Elias has presented at conferences across Canada, the United States, and overseas. He has received NSERC Discovery and Equipment Grants, and recently completed data collection for the Canadian Naturalistic Driving Study with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute for our provincial and federal ministries of transportation.
In 2012, Elias received the University of Saskatchewan Master Teacher Award, and received USSU Teaching Excellence Awards in 2001 and 2011. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Provost’s College Teaching Excellence Award for the Division of Social Sciences, and awarded the college’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2004.