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Article 3 of The Ryerson University Act, 1977 legislates the objects of the University (usually referred to as the “Ryerson Mandate”):
Article 3 - The objects of the University are:
The Department of Politics and Public Administration works very closely with a number of external advisors to ensure that the work of the Department, especially the delivery of its academic programs, contributes to the Ryerson Mandate.
The Department of Politics and Public Administration is supported actively by an Advisory Council consisting of prominent administrators and employee representatives drawn from all levels of government, the third sector, academe, organized labour, and from the ranks of program alumni.
Each of the federal and provincial governments appoints a “Deputy Minister Champion” to provide advice and support to the Department.
Ryerson’s Department of Politics and Public Administration hosts one of only three OPS Fellows in the Province. The OPS Fellowship was established in 2003, and Ryerson received its first Fellow in 2012. The program, supported by the Government of Ontario, provides support for a senior OPS official to spend up to one year in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson. During that time, the Fellow works with our graduate and undergraduate students and raises the profile of the OPS as a centre of public policy excellence. The Fellow normally teaches a course, guest lectures in other courses, and works with graduate students completing Major Research Papers or dissertations, among other activities.
The Department has been honoured to host the following Ontario Public Service (OPS) Fellows:
Since 2010, the Department of Politics and Public Administration has been honoured to have a Distinguished Public Servant in Residence. In addition to facilitating closer relations with the Ontario Public Service in general, the Distinguished Public Servant in Residence has provided graduate students with wise counsel about their career plans, and for the Case Study competition, and has administered the Field Placement (PA8213) in the Public Policy and Administration MA program.
The University may appoint as Professors of Distinction qualified individuals, normally from outside the University, who can make contributions to the University, its students, its research activities, and its academic programs. The Department of Politics and Public Administration is honoured to host or co-host three Professors of Distinction: