Dr. Cecilia Reynolds, Deputy Provost (Students) & Associate Vice-President (Academic), Undergrad

Before assuming her position as deputy provost (students) and associate vice-president (academic) undergraduate studies, Dr. Reynolds was dean of the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan and has 18 years of experience as an academic leader.

Prior to becoming dean at 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 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 schools.

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 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.


Portfolio description
The deputy provost (students) and associate vice-president (academic), undergraduate studies, provides leadership toward improving the student academic learning experience and fostering student academic success.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • creating and maintaining integrated, effective, pan-university academic and non-academic support services for all students;
  • providing leadership and co-ordination in improving the student academic experience and outcomes;
  • fostering a university-wide culture of undergraduate program renewal and innovation;
  • advancing student success inside and outside the classroom; and
  • representing student interests in university planning, operations and decision-making processes.

Non-academic support units currently in the portfolio include: Office of the Registrar; Office of Student Recruitment; International Centre; 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.