Dr. James A. Bayer Senior Advisory Consultant

Dr. James A. Bayer (Jim) has 35 years of higher education and administrative experience and serves as Senior Advisory Consultant to Harris Search Associates.  Most recently, Jim served as Dean at Royal Roads University in Western Canada.

Jim retired from RRU in 2010.  He was granted the title Dean Emeritus in recognition of his service to Royal Roads University as one of its architects and a champion of its unique programs and program delivery.

Jim received his BA from the University of British Columbia, his MA from Carleton University, and his Ph.D. from the University of London - London School of Economics and Political Science.  He held full-time academic position at the University of Western Ontario, Royal Roads Military College, Royal Roads University, as well as visiting positions at Queen’s University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria. Courses taught included strategy, irregular warfare, arms control, and international conflict management as well as Canadian and American foreign policy and defence policy.

His research interests, publications and conference presentations have included topics related to Canadian defence and foreign policy, Asia Pacific and the Korean Peninsula. During his career Jim held many administrative appointments. At Royal Roads Military College his service included Head of the Department of Political Economy, member of the Senate, the Faculty Council, and President of the Faculty Association.  He was a founding member of Royal Roads University when it was established in 1995 and was one of the architects of its innovative programming which pioneered the “blended” model of degree program delivery, mainly at the graduate level, to career professionals already in the workplace.

Dr Bayer held numerous other administrative appointments at RRU including member of the Education Planning Team, Acting Registrar, Coordinator of Program Marketing, Director of Academic Program Development and Assessment, Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Dean of the Peace and Conflict Management Division, Chair of the Ethics Committee,  and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences. In addition he served on the University Board of Governors and was founding President of the RRU Faculty Association.  

Beyond the university he served as member and Chair of the Department of National Defence's Security and Defence Forum Selection and Oversight Committee as well as founder and Co-Chair of the Canada - Thai University Conflict Management Consortium Steering Committee.


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