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About the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs

A Message from the Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs

Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano, Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs

Dear colleagues,

I am delighted to welcome everyone who is joining us for the first time and those who are returning for another exciting (albeit somewhat unusual) academic year! 

As Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs, it is very important to me that academic staff find Ryerson a rewarding and satisfying place to build their career as teachers, scholars and colleagues. The Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs (OVPFA) is here to offer academic staff at Ryerson a range of supports related to work-life balance, professional development, teaching, mental health and well-being, among others. 

Our University contributes to many areas of our society, and to our local, national and global communities. Ryerson is immensely proud of you and the work you do within and outside of the University. The OVPFA is here to support you.

The OVPFA provides oversight on all aspects directly related to the life cycle of academic employees, from hiring to tenure and promotion, sabbaticals, leaves, retirement, academic administrative appointments, transfers, cross-appointments, faculty development and academic leadership support, salary anomalies, grievances, and the interpretation and application of academic collective agreements.

As a diverse and inclusive community of engaged and innovative scholars, students, staff, alumni and community partners, Ryerson’s commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are embedded in all our initiatives and activities. Embracing diverse perspectives, offering campus spaces and services in which community members feel safe and supported and embedding EDI into hiring and tenure and promotion practices, are top priorities reflective of this commitment.

This past year, I was honoured and privileged to be one of the co-chairs for the Anti-Black Racism (ABR) Faculty Working Group, a sub-group of the ABR Presidential Committee tasked with implementing the recommendations set out in the Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review Report (released in July 2020) based on consultations with Black faculty, staff and students who spoke about their experiences on our campus and their interactions with the institution. For the coming year, I see my work, both on this committee and as VPFA as interconnected in that both play a very critical role in dismantling systemic anti-Black racism at the University.

My office is committed to developing a holistic and overarching strategy that supports the recruitment, development and retention of excellent academic staff from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, particularly from the equity seeking groups recognized at Ryerson and in the objectives laid out in the ABR and TRC reports. Here are some of the ways in which this work is occurring from the OVPFA in close collaboration with colleagues:

  • Negotiating and implementing a new RFA Collective Agreement with enhanced provisions to support the recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty, librarians and Professional Counsellors as well as the establishment of equity advocate roles on hiring (DHC and LAC) and evaluation committees (DEC, FTC, FPC, LAC) to further the work of recruiting and retaining diverse excellence. 
  • Offering new training on inclusive hiring and evaluation practices. 
  • Making information based on department specific Diversity Self ID data available for the equity advocates in guiding the work of their committees. 
  • Integrating the Diversity Self ID at the point of application within our current faculty recruitment portal.
  • Exploring next steps for special programs allowing for cluster/targeted hiring. 
  • Development of online tools on recruitment, including templates for various stages of the recruitment process and guidance on virtual recruitment that incorporate EDI considerations; partnering with the Indigenous HR Lead and the Black Faculty & Staff Network to support Black and Indigenous candidates.
  • Introducing flexibility into various aspects of academic life affecting recruitment, tenure, promotion, etc. in light of COVID-19 and in consideration of the needs of our diverse academic staff. Further information can be found on our Information for RFA and CUPE during the COVID-19 Pandemic webpage.
  • Embedding EDI into development plans for faculty and academic leaders in order to cultivate and foster a more inclusive work environment.

As a member of our academic staff, you are a valued member of the Ryerson community and we want you to have the opportunity to be engaged and involved. I invite you to browse through our revamped website for news and information related to faculty life at Ryerson, including the different programs and initiatives our office is offering in partnership with colleagues from across the institution, towards supporting academic life at Ryerson and furthering the important work on equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Follow us on Twitter @RyersonVPFA, external link for regular updates, announcements, and tips for our academic community! 

If there is any way the OVPFA can support you, please be in touch with me directly via email or contact any of our team members.

Wishing everyone much health and success for the 2021-2022 academic year!

Stay safe and take care of yourself and each other!

Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs

Our mission and key role


The Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs provides leadership in all areas of employee relations concerning the Ryerson Faculty Association, CUPE 3904 Units 1, 2, and 3 (representing sessional and part-time contract lecturers, continuing education contract lecturers and teaching/graduate assistants).


The mandate of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs is to enhance the academic mission of Toronto Metropolitan University through programs and activities that support and guide academic staff in their relationship with students and the University community.

Academic excellence

The Office plays a key role in furthering Toronto Metropolitan University’s academic excellence, and initiates and oversees programs and activities that attract, retain and foster professional development of faculty, contract lecturers and academic assistants throughout their careers.

Programs and activities

  • The management and planning for faculty, contract lecturers and academic assistants in the areas of labour and employee relations, collective bargaining, development and renewal, control of faculty complement;
  • All relevant procedures governing the appointment, compensation, promotion, transfer and removal of all faculty, contract lecturers, academic assistants and academic administrators.

Academic units and administrative groups we work with

9 faculties including schools of Continuing Education and Graduate Studies

50 departments and schools

947 full-time faculty

46 librarians and counsellors

1,579 contract lecturers

4 bargaining units including
Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) and CUPE Local 3904,
Units 1, 2 and 3


Our achievements in the 2019-2020 academic year

Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) hired more than 70 tenure-stream and more than 40 limited-term faculty members

Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) awarded tenure to 17 faculty members and promoted  22 to the rank of Professor

VPFA Office delivered 19 workshops to more than 350 hiring, evaluation and promotion committee members