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Senior academic appointments announced

Interim provost and vice-president academic and interim vice-provost appointed
Category:From the Provost
November 30, 2015
Chris Evans and Marcia Moshé

Chris Evans, left, is the interim provost and vice-president, academic. Marcia Moshé, right, is interim vice-provost, academic. 

I am pleased to share with you two academic leadership appointments at Ryerson, resulting from President Sheldon Levy’s departure at the end of this month and my appointment as interim president.


The Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Chris Evans as interim provost and vice-president academic, effective December 1, 2015.

Chris was appointed vice-provost academic in 2010 and has been a key member of my team, guiding transformative academic initiatives and working collaboratively across the university to help create the Academic Plan, and bring it to life.

He joined Ryerson in 1998 as associate professor in Chemistry, was appointed chair, Department of Chemistry and Biology in 2003 and in 2007 was named associate dean, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science.

As vice-provost academic, Chris has been instrumental in the implementation of Ryerson’s Institutional Quality Assurance Process; the development of new credentials to bring the entrepreneurial activities associated with zone learning into the curriculum; and he initiated a major rethinking of Ryerson’s undergraduate curriculum structure to foster greater student choice and to increase creative design of the undergraduate curriculum. He brings a strong student focus and has led two important initiatives to enhance student retention – the Fresh Start Program to reintegrate “required to withdraw” students, and a re-setting of the GPA threshold for clear standing to bring Ryerson in line with other Canadian universities.

During the development of the Academic Plan, Our Time to Lead, Chris contributed ideas and strategic advice on directions to the evolving planning framework and was an active contributor to, and facilitator of, the wide consultation process on the plan’s priorities.   

Chris’ research interests are in the area of photochemical and photophysical processes in constrained environments, and during his tenure as vice provost academic his scholarly interests have moved toward aspects of teaching practice and pedagogy. He earned his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa.



I have appointed Marcia Moshé, associate dean of Arts, students and undergraduate studies, as interim vice-provost academic, effective December 1, 2015.

With more than 16 years of experience in university administration at Ryerson and the Faculty of Arts, Marcia is a recognized leader in undergraduate programming and curriculum development. She joined Ryerson in 1983, has held undergraduate program director positions since 1996 and has been the associate dean of Arts, students and undergraduate studies, since 2007.

In her role, Marcia has provided visionary leadership in all academic matters relating to undergraduate programming in Arts, and in consultation with the Dean and the Dean’s Council, has developed and implemented unique strategies to enhance undergraduate programs, curricular development and new approaches to student support and advancement.

She has a passion for improving the student experience, and in 2007 proposed and established the Faculty of Arts Student Experience Centre, comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who provide services that assist Arts undergraduate students in working toward their academic, career, and personal goals; she helped develop the one-year common Arts foundation (shared by 10 undergraduate programs), which maximizes student choice in courses, minors, and program options; and she played a leading role in the development of the recently approved Arts double major. Her colleagues consider her a role model and an expert in innovative curriculum development.

Marcia completed her doctoral studies in Psychology at York University. Her primary research and teaching interests are in child and adult development.

Both Chris and Marcia bring outstanding experience and track records of transformational leadership   to their roles, and I look forward to working with them as we continue the evolution of Ryerson. I want to thank the entire Ryerson community in advance for the support I know you will provide to Chris and Marcia.

One additional note: serving as the interim executive director of the Provost’s Office will be Marsha McEachrane, director, Ryerson International. Amy Casey, executive director of the Provost’s Office, will be interim executive director of my office. Many thanks to Marsha and Amy for taking on these new roles.

Mohamed Lachemi
Provost and Vice-President Academic