Jennifer Mactavish reappointed dean of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies
To the Ryerson community:
I am pleased to share with you that Jennifer Mactavish has been reappointed vice-provost and dean of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.
The past five years in the Yeates School have been marked by a strategic approach to building a strong foundation of excellence and I am confident that under Jennifer’s leadership graduate education will continue its trajectory of evolution and success.
During her first term, Jennifer oversaw the development and implementation of the Graduate School’s first strategic plan, informed by reviews of the school’s activities including student recruitment and retention, enrolment, academic programming, funding, curricular reform, student engagement, professional skills development and marketing and communications. The plan has led to a number of significant accomplishments, including the launch of GradCafé, an advisory board of graduate student leaders; GradTalks, a guest speaker and networking series; the introduction of a gold medal program for the top graduate students in each faculty; the introduction of recognition awards for outstanding contributions to graduate education in each faculty; the extension of programming for enhancing faculty mentorship skills; and new systems to facilitate more effective admissions and program administration and management.
An internationally recognized scholar, researcher and award winning teacher, Jennifer’s academic focus is on inclusive physical activity, leisure, disability sport and educational psychology. She has a leading-edge research agenda with local and international impact, and an extensive record of external research funding including seven awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Implicit in her research is a strong emphasis on the value and importance of collaboration, reflected in her outstanding record of service. She has been honoured with the International Paralympic Committee Scientific Achievement Award (2015) for her role in the re-inclusion of athletes with intellectual impairment into the Paralympic program, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Podium Award, Exceptional Research Contribution and Innovation in International Collaboration (2012).
I would like to thank the members of the search committee (listed below) for their willingness to serve in the search and I invite all members of the Ryerson community to join me in congratulating Jennifer on her reappointment.
President and Vice-Chancellor
Search Committee for Dean, Yeates School of Graduate Studies:
Professor, Department of Psychology
Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Graduate Program Director, Department of Computer Science
Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
Student, School of Social Work
Professor, Department of Law and Business
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Alison Matthews David
Professor, School of Fashion
Graduate Program Director, Joint Program in Communication & Culture