New deputy provost named
Dr. Cecilia Reynolds has been appointed the new deputy provost (students) and associate vice-president (academic) undergraduate studies. The Board of Regents approved the appointment at its Dec. 6 meeting.
Dr. Reynolds has been a full professor and the dean of the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan since 2003 and has 18 years of experience as an academic leader.
Prior to becoming dean at the University of Saskatchewan, she was associate dean at the Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto (1999-2003) and took on several leadership roles while on faculty at Brock University (1986-1999).
Her responsibilities as chair of the (then) Graduate Department (now Faculty of Graduate Studies) included both academic and non-academic support services across three campus sites with students from a wide range of academic disciplines.
Dr. Reynolds notes that, since Brock was relatively small at the time, "I needed to undertake many types of work that, in other places, might have been covered by specialists in student services. At that time we had very few such individuals and each of us who held leadership roles simply did what was required for all our students."
Dr. Reynolds also has extensive experience in both co-operative education and in experiential learning from her various leadership roles at Brock, Toronto and Saskatchewan.
"At U of T, my associate dean role placed me in charge of the practicum element of a large B.Ed. program and I also worked with others across OISE on co-op placements that were part of many of our grad programs," she said. "While at Brock, I worked with TV Ontario to design and implement a distance-delivered B.Ed. in adult ed that had experiential learning at its core and which was delivered over many years to about 3,000 people across Ontario."
In addition, in her role as a K-12 classroom teacher in Toronto before taking up her academic appointment at Brock, Dr. Reynolds supervised many student teacher practicums.
Dr. Reynolds assumes her appointment April 1, 2013.
"I am pleased to take on the new role of deputy provost (students) and associate vice-president (academic) undergraduate studies at Memorial University," said Dr. Reynolds. "I am excited about how this new and somewhat unique role will further Memorial's position at the forefront of Canadian universities in regard to student engagement and academic innovation. This next step in my career will allow me to draw on my experiences in a variety of leadership and academic roles at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Toronto and Brock University to the benefit of Memorial and its students.
"My family and I are also thrilled to have the opportunity to move to the vibrant province of Newfoundland and Labrador."
The Board of Regents created the new position of deputy provost (students) and associate vice-president (academic) undergraduate studies during a series of administrative changes designed to make the administrative structure of the university more responsive to increasing numbers of programs, students, faculty and staff, and the further evolution of this multi-campus institution. Dr. Robert Shea has served in that role, pro tempore, since the Board created the position in the fall of 2011.
The position reports to the provost and vice-president. Primary responsibilities of the newly created position include ensuring integrated, effective, pan-university academic and non-academic support services for all students including graduate students; to provide leadership and co-ordination in improving the student academic experience and outcomes; to foster a university-wide culture of undergraduate program renewal and innovation; to advance student success inside and outside the classroom; and to represent student interests in university planning and operations.
Dr. Reynolds will work in collaboration with associate deans responsible for undergraduate affairs in 11 faculties and schools on the St. John's campus, with the AVPAs on Grenfell Campus and the Marine Institute campus, and with the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
Non-academic support units currently in the portfolio include the Office of the Registrar; Office of Student Recruitment; International Centre; Co-op Education;
and a suite of student services that includes the Student Success Program; Career Development and Experiential Learning; Student Counselling Services; Student Health Services; and Residences, Conference and Food Services.
Dr. Reynolds is a three-time graduate of the University of Toronto, with a bachelor of arts, in sociology and communications, a master of arts in educational administration and a PhD in education from that institution.
She also holds an Ontario Teachers' Certificate and worked in Toronto as a classroom teacher at a variety of grade levels in both elementary and secondary
Her doctoral dissertation focused on historical constructions of gender in Ontario educational organizations from 1940-80. Her subsequent research has dealt with such topics as equity, globalization, single-sex schools, women and men as leaders, leadership succession, teacher education, curriculum change and international 21st century learning and teaching trends.
She is one of the co-authors of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education Accord on Indigenous Education (2010), has published four books, 17 book chapters, 24 articles in refereed and/or professional journals and has authored five technical reports.
Dr. Reynolds currently serves on the editorial board of the New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, is chair of the Learning Partnership's national selection committee for Canada's Outstanding Principals, and frequently participates in national and international conferences and meetings on education.
Among her awards, Dr. Reynolds was named as the Connors Chair (Research) at Upper Canada College in 2002, was invited to participate in a Women and Leadership conference at Oxford University in 2000, received Brock University's Rosalind Blauer Award for advancing the position of women in Canadian society in 1999 and she was elected by the teachers of Ontario to serve on the Governing Council of the Ontario College of Teachers from 1997-2000 where she assisted in writing the accreditation regulation for that body.