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Chris Evans reappointed vice-provost, academic

Collaborative leadership style has had positive impact on university
Category:From the Provost
April 08, 2015
Chris Evans

Chris Evans’ five-year reappointment as vice-provost, academic begins immediately. 

I am pleased to announce that Chris Evans has been reappointed Ryerson’s vice-provost, academic. The five-year appointment is effective immediately.

Chris was first appointed vice-provost, academic, in 2010, and in that time he has become widely known for an open, respectful and collaborative leadership style that has had a positive impact on a broad portfolio that ranges from undergraduate curriculum and quality assurance to academic integrity and innovations in experiential learning. 

His work has enabled a dialogue within the university to create exciting and engaging educational opportunities. Chris has led a number of ambitious developments including a major redesign of the undergraduate curriculum structure, the rollout of a university-wide quality assurance process, and design of curriculum with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. He is a strong supporter of student success and led team efforts to provide students in academic jeopardy with additional opportunities, as well as initiatives which support student retention. 

As vice-provost, academic Chris chairs a number of key Senate committees including academic standards, and learning and teaching, and is currently a member of a provost-appointed working group on interdisciplinarity. He also serves as Ryerson’s central liaison with the Quality Council of the Council of Ontario Universities. 

Chris, a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biology, joined Ryerson in 1998. He was chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biology from 2003-2007 and associate dean of what was then the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science from 2007-2010. He also taught chemistry at the University of Iceland for eight years. With research expertise in photochemical and photophysical processes, Chris has developed and taught numerous graduate-level courses, and supervised master’s students and undergraduate thesis projects.

Chris holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Ottawa. He received his MSc and BSc in chemistry from Carleton University. 

Thank you to the members of the search committee, whose names are listed below, for their willingness to serve.

Please join me in congratulating Chris as he continues in this role.

Mohamed Lachemi 
Provost and Vice President Academic


Members of the search committee for vice-provost, academic:

John Enright
Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering

Wendy Freeman
Professor, School of Professional Communication

Eric Kam*
Professor, Department of Economics
*Replaced Maureen Reed, Professor, Department of Psychology

Jennifer Mactavish
Dean, Yeates School of Graduate Studies

Andrew McWilliams
Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biology

Nima Naghibi
Chair, Department of English

Katherine Penny
Professor, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Jesse Root
Graduate Student, Immigration and Settlement Studies

Don Rose
Director, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing