Dr. Kris Ooms Appointed Interim Vice President Academic and Research
The King’s University is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Kristopher Ooms to the position of Interim Vice President of Academics and Research, effective August 2020. Over the past twelve years, Dr. Ooms has served The King’s community in various capacities including as a researcher, chemistry professor, and most recently, as Dean of Natural Science.
“I have spent my career at King’s listening and learning from key leaders in our institution. I hope that by being a hardworking, thoughtful leader I can serve King’s well in this new role,” states Ooms.
Dr. Ooms began his academic career as an undergraduate student at King’s, receiving one of the first four year B.Sc. in Chemistry in 2001. He went on to earn a PhD in Chemistry (’07) from the University of Alberta prior to completing post-doctoral work at the University of Delaware. Dr. Ooms returned to King’s in 2008 to begin his career as a professor.
At King’s, Dr. Ooms developed a passion for guiding young scientists into the amazing world of molecules. From first year chemistry to quantum mechanics, Dr. Ooms has strived to help students build a relationship with an unseen world. Through his teaching, Ooms hopes that students will come to see the Creator, His plans within molecular creation, and the way we have been tasked to care for and use molecules.
Since 2009 Dr. Ooms’ research team has a been funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to study the molecular world of water in many modern materials and biological systems. Dr. Ooms has used these funds to create a research team comprised exclusively of undergraduate students that has produced good science and great King’s graduates who have seen success in many areas across the country.
As an actively engaged member of King’s community, Dr. Ooms has been instrumental in the advancement of the institution through various important initiatives. Notable achievements include re-shaping and leading the Deans Council to better support academic leadership, contributing to the formation and implementation of King’s Common Curriculum, and contributing to the development of a new campus master plan in addition to various other strategic planning initiatives.
“Dr. Ooms is a known face on King’s campus for his calm, thoughtful, and loving teaching and leadership style. As well as working toward institutional advancements, Ooms has been, and continues to be, committed to the personal development of individuals at King’s.” says current Vice President Academics and Research, Dr. Hank Bestman.
In his new role, Dr. Ooms will work closely with President Melanie Humphreys, the Executive Leadership Team, and faculty and staff to move King’s forward as a Christian liberal arts university as it grows into its mission of equipping students to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world.
“As an institution, King’s is at its best when it keeps love as its guiding principle, even when that seems absolutely ridiculous,” states Ooms. “I am so thankful that the Spirit regularly opens my eyes to see this ridiculous love and sparks passion in my heart for what the future holds for us.”