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About the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs

Welcome message from the Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs

Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano, Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs

As Ryerson’s new Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs, I am delighted to join the University community and it is my great pleasure to welcome you to a new 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. To meet our goals and objectives, our office works closely and collaboratively with Human Resources, the Office of the Vice-President Equity, Community and Inclusion, and the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students.

Our University contributes to many areas of our society, and to our local, national and global communities of which we are a part. Ryerson is immensely proud of its faculty members and the work they do within and outside of the University and we are 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, faculty development and academic leadership support, salary anomalies, grievances, and the interpretation and application of academic collective agreements.

The University is founded on collegial self-governance and it is through such processes that we should continue to carve out our University's collective purpose, as well as protect and defend it.

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, EDI in hiring and promotion practices, are top priorities reflective of this commitment.

The OVPFA is committed to such a vision of the University. As a member of our academic staff, you are a valuable and valued member of the Ryerson community. 

We want you to have the opportunity to be an engaged and involved member of this community as well.

As part of the important initiatives planned for this upcoming year around professional development, I am particularly excited about the Provost’s Academic Leadership Program which a group of faculty members will embark on in a few weeks. I am looking forward to meeting and learning with this group of colleagues from across the University.

In addition, the OVPFA is organizing a number of workshops and initiatives aimed at academic leaders and faculty members for the 2020-21 year. Stay tuned for what we think are exciting opportunities for personal and professional development - details will be made available on the Faculty Affairs website.

In the meantime, as we begin the new semester, I wanted to remind you that Ryerson is an Institutional Member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, external link (NCFDD).

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 whose information is on our website.

Wishing everyone much health and success for the 2020-21 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 Ryerson 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 Ryerson’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

Ryerson hired more than 70 tenure-stream and more than 40 limited-term faculty members

Ryerson 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