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Alan Shepard reappointed as Provost and Vice President Academic

Alan Shepard

Alan Shepard has been reappointed as Provost and Vice President Academic of Ryerson University.

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Shepard to a second term as Provost and Vice President Academic of Ryerson University. On Monday, May 30 the executive committee of the Board of Governors approved the appointment, to June 30, 2017.

In his role as chief academic officer and chief operating officer Alan has had a tremendously positive impact on the university since joining Ryerson in 2007. With the invaluable input and advice of Senate, his strategic planning initiatives, most notably the Academic Plan, Shaping our Future, have positioned the university for growth and transformation. The goals and objectives of the plan have been the impetus for a wide range of initiatives completed and underway that are serving to greatly enhance the university's agenda of learning, teaching and research. One of the most prominent of these is the report of the Provost's Commission on the Academic Structure of Ryerson University, which is the first of its scope at Ryerson in many decades.

Alan has worked with students, faculty, chairs, deans and staff to improve teaching and learning outcomes, enhance student engagement and the student experience, build public-private partnerships to support the academic mission and strengthen our research culture and research output. All of the efforts of the provost have truly made a difference in the day-to-day life of our community and contributed significantly to the growing profile and reputation of Ryerson as a key centre of career-focused education; innovation; and scholarly, research and creative activity.

The provost is responsible for the university's budget and thanks to Alan's leadership, the work of everyone in the community and the support and direction of the Board of Governors, Ryerson's financial position remains positive despite challenging economic times. With Alan's guidance the university has consistently delivered balanced budgets that provide opportunities for institutional development based on academic priorities.

Alan brings to the provost's role his background as an outstanding scholar, teacher and researcher. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Virginia, and has published three scholarly books in addition to a wide range of scholarly papers, book chapters and technical reports. His research fields include English literary culture before 1800, the cultural relationship of early modern literature and science, the teaching of writing and the academic and administrative challenges facing the contemporary university.

I look forward to continuing to work with Alan as a key member of our outstanding executive team, and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the members of the search committee (listed below) for their commitment and work in this vitally important mission.

Sheldon Levy


Members of the search committee for the Provost and Vice President Academic

Kaamran Raahemifar
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Anver Saloojee
Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration
Nancy Walton
Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

Liping Fang
Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Robert Ott
Professor and Chair, School of Fashion

Ken Jones
Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management

Mariam Munawar
Student, MBA in Management of Technology and Innovation

Toby Whitfield
Student, Business Management

Darius Sookram
Student, Politics and Governance

Melanie Panitch
Professor and Director, School of Disability Studies

Elizabeth Evans
Professor and Director, School of Retail Management

Sheldon Levy

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