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New zone, e-learning directors appointed

Nancy Walton and Randy Boyagoda

Nancy Walton and Randy Boyagoda are Ryerson’s new directors of e-learning and zone learning, respectively.

We are pleased to announce the appointments of Randy Boyagoda, professor, Department of English, as Ryerson University’s new director of zone learning, and Nancy Walton, professor, The Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, as the new director of e-learning. The three-year appointments are effective September 1, 2013 and report to the provost and vice-provost, academic.

The creation of dedicated zone and e-learning portfolios reflects Ryerson’s distinct core mission to foster excellence in professional and career-related education and research. The university aims to educate graduates who understand the importance of creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and technology in their careers and in their roles as community-builders, business and industry leaders, and culture-makers.

Randy Boyagoda

In his new role, Randy will engage Ryerson’s internal community and external stakeholders in the university-wide development of zone learning. He will be responsible for the integration of existing and future zone-related initiatives into an overarching structure that encourages collaboration between stakeholders. As well, he will oversee the curricular development and implementation of zone learning through the Senate-approved optional specialization, and other modes and models.

Most recently, Randy was chair of the Department of English, director of the Literatures of Modernity graduate practicum program, and a faculty advisor with the Office of Experiential Learning. He has published three books: a monograph, Race, Immigration, and American Identity in the Fiction of Salman Rushdie, Ralph Ellison, and William Faulkner (Routledge, 2008) and two novels, Governor of the Northern Province (Penguin, 2006) and Beggar’s Feast (Penguin, 2011). His two novels have been longlisted for the prestigious ScotiaBank Giller Prize and IMPAC/Dublin Literary Award. Randy is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and to other national and international media including The National Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He is the former vice-president of PEN Canada.

Prior to joining Ryerson in 2006, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame. Randy received a PhD and MA in English from Boston University and a BA from the University of Toronto.

Nancy Walton

As director, e-learning, Nancy will be responsible for planning and developing the strategic direction of e-learning, ensuring that it meets Ryerson’s strategic and operational goals. In support of this, Nancy will guide the coordination of e-learning initiatives across the university, and engage and consult with the community on issues and best practices. She will also provide the Office of the Provost with recommendations on the best pathways for Ryerson to develop its e-learning agenda.  

In addition to her graduate and undergraduate teaching, Nancy chaired Ryerson’s Research Ethics Board from 2005 to 2013. She is a longstanding member of the research ethics boards at SickKids Hospital and OCAD University, and was a consulting ethicist with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Cardiac Care Network. She is a former associate director of the Ryerson-George Brown Collaborative Nursing Program, and is the current vice-chair, Ryerson Senate and Senate Priorities Committee. In 2012, she was appointed by President Levy as the academic colleague to represent Ryerson on the Council of Ontario Universities, and this year, was appointed to serve as a member of the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance. Nancy is an external reviewer for a number of leading journals including The Lancet, the Journal of Academic Ethics and the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Prior to joining Ryerson in 2003, she was a nurse clinician and research associate with the cardiac surgery division of the University Health Network. Nancy received a PhD from the collaborative program in bioethics at the University of Toronto and a BSc in nursing from Ryerson.

Please join us in congratulating Randy and Nancy. We thank you in advance for supporting them in their new roles.

Mohamed Lachemi
Provost and Vice-President, Academic
Chris Evans
Vice-Provost, Academic
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