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Faculty Deans

Pamela Sugiman, Dean, Faculty of Arts
Pamela Sugiman, Dean, Faculty of Arts

Pamela Sugiman is a distinguished researcher and academic leader, committed to supporting and enhancing a vibrant culture of rigorous research and community engagement in the Faculty of Arts. Dr. Sugiman joined Ryerson in 2006, after 15 years as a tenured faculty member at McMaster University. She demonstrates a longstanding commitment to issues of social justice, equity and equality. These values are rooted in her personal history and have profoundly shaped her leadership style and priorities, scholarly pursuits and community involvement.

In addition to her many contributions at Ryerson, Pam has garnered experience in a number of external organizations. She has served as President of the Canadian Sociological Association, Director of the National Executive Board of the National Association of Japanese Canadians and a member of the Board of Directors, Pathways to Education Canada and the Atkinson Foundation.

Dr. Sugiman is a recipient of the Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership (Ryerson University), the Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding Contribution Award (Canadian Sociological Association), the Marion Dewar Prize in Canadian Women's History/Le Prix Marion Dewar en histoire des femmes au Canada (The National Capitol Committee on the Scholarship, Preservation and Dissemination of Women's History. She has also been honoured as the Landsdowne Lecturer in the Humanities (University of Victoria), Lecturer in the Distinguished Women Scholars Lecturer (University of Victoria) and the W.L. Morton Lecturer in Canadian History (Trent University). 

Enhancing undergraduate and graduate education, teaching and student life within the Faculty of Arts are among Pam's priorities as dean. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto and specializes in oral history, memory studies, women’s history in Canada, racism and racialization, work and labour, and working-class history.

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Charles Falzon, Dean, Faculty of Communication & Design
Charles Falzon, Dean, Faculty of Communication & Design

Charles Falzon is a distinguished educator, having taught at Ryerson for more than 20 years, and former media executive with award-winning productions to his credit. As the previous chair of The RTA School of Media, he renewed the school’s reputation, fostered cross-disciplinary collaborations, supported the development of refreshed curriculum, and established the successful Transmedia Zone.

Charles has managed global media enterprises in the UK, US, Japan and Latin America, leading distribution, marketing, publishing functions as well as live events, theme parks and brand development. He has also produced nearly 2,000 hours of television programming, feature films and documentaries

A graduate from Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts undergraduate program, Charles holds a master’s in theology from the University of Toronto and a master’s in spirituality from Regis College.  His research interests include transmedia marketing and media ethics.

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Lisa Barnoff, Dean, Faculty of Community Services
Lisa Barnoff, Dean, Faculty of Community Services

Lisa Barnoff is an accomplished scholar and celebrated academic leader. She has been on faculty in the Faculty of Community Services since 2003, and recently completed a five-year term as director of the School of Social Work, where she earned praise for her collaborative leadership style, ability to build diverse teams and undertake innovation. 

Lisa brings to her new role as dean of the Faculty of Community Services, a career-long focus on social justice issues and a commitment to advocacy in her scholarship as well as her university service. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious Usha George Faculty Recognition Award for her many achievements. 

Lisa’s areas of scholarly interest include anti-oppressive practices; equity, diversity and inclusion in relation to health and social service delivery models; organizational change; and social work education. Most recently, she was co-applicant on a study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council exploring the impacts of new managerialism on social work education in Canada.

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Thomas Duever, Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science
Thomas Duever, Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

Thomas Duever is a highly respected senior academic administrator and accomplished researcher. He joined Ryerson in 2014 after a long and successful tenure at the University of Waterloo.

As an internationally recognized researcher, Thomas has more than 70 articles in journals and conference proceedings to his credit. He is a prolific presenter who has shared his research findings and his insights on chemical engineering at more than 80 conferences, lectures and seminars worldwide. Thomas previously served as chair of the Association of Canadian Chairs of Chemical Engineering, and he is a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He will continue his research while at Ryerson.

Thomas received his PhD, master and bachelor degrees at the University of Waterloo.

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Dean Donna E. Young
Donna E. Young, Dean, Faculty of Law

Donna E. Young is the inaugural dean of the Faculty of Law at Ryerson University. Her most recent position was at Albany Law School, where she was the William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and a joint faculty member at the University at Albany’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her teaching and scholarship focus on law and inequality, race and gender discrimination, and academic freedom and university governance. She has taught courses in Criminal Law, Employment Law, U.S. Federal Civil Procedure, Gender and Work, and Race, Rape Culture, and Law. 

Professor Young is much sought after as a speaker and has been invited to present her work at conferences and other venues in the U.S., Canada, Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany, Hungary, France, Mexico, Portugal, and the U.K.

Prior to entering legal education, Professor Young worked at Cornish Roland, a labor law firm in Toronto, at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and at the Legal Department of the City of New York, Mayor's Office of Labor Relations.

She holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Toronto, an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and an LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law.

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David Cramb, Dean, Faculty of Science
David Cramb, Dean, Faculty of Science

David Cramb joins Ryerson from the University of Calgary, where he became director of the nanoscience program in 2008, and later head of the Department of Chemistry in 2012. David spearheaded an application to the Government of Alberta to develop and deliver a nanoscience minor program at the University of Calgary, successfully securing funds for its launch and development. In his role, he was central to the development of the Faculty of Science’s strategic plan, and established two Canada Research Chair positions focusing on nanobiomedicine, as well as creativity in post-secondary STEM education.

With a strong record of sourcing funding for research and scholarly initiatives, David has secured grants from NSERC, CIHR, CFI and industry partners totalling more than $4 million. Since 1999, David has been an associate member of the Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Chemical Society and was awarded the Thermo-Fisher Prize in Spectroscopy in 2010, the Achievements in Teaching Excellence award by the University of Calgary in 2014, and the national AstraZeneca Award in Chemistry in 2001.

David received his undergraduate degree in chemistry, and holds a PhD in molecular spectroscopy from the University of British Columbia.

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Daphne Taras, Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management
Daphne Taras, Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management

Daphne Taras is the dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management.  She previously served as dean of the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan from 2010 to 2016. Daphne led the Edwards School to Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, considered to be the most comprehensive and prestigious of accreditation systems. 

Daphne was expert advisor to the federal commission on employment standards, a member of the Saskatchewan Minister of Labour’s advisory council and chaired the Educational Relations Board of Saskatchewan. She has published more than 80 journal articles, book chapters, books and journal symposia., and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the PhD Students’ Association awards in 2004 and 2010 at the University of Calgary, and the top educator award of the US-based Labor and Employment Relations Association in 2007. Daphne was also named one of Canada’s Top 100 Women and a Top 10 Woman of Influence in Saskatchewan in 2012, and YMCA Saskatoon’s Woman of Distinction in Education in 2016.

Daphne received her undergraduate degree from York University, and earned a master’s from Duke University, both in political science. She also holds an MBA in new ventures and entrepreneurship, a PhD in labour relations from the University of Calgary, and has an LL.M in Labour and Employment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Cory Searcy, Interim Vice-Provost and Dean, Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Cory Searcy, Vice-Provost and Dean, Yeates School of Graduate Studies

Cory Searcy is the Vice-Provost and Dean of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS). In his previous position as Associate Dean, Programs, YSGS, Cory played a critical role in advancing the school’s priorities of building a community and culture of inquiry, elevating excellence in graduate education, attracting and retaining outstanding graduate student talent, and delivering leading academic and administrative supports and services.

Cory is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and former Graduate Program Director for the interdisciplinary Environmental Applied Science and Management program. His research interests include corporate sustainability indicators, sustainability reporting and sustainable supply chain management, and he has been published in several leading academic journals. He holds a BSc and an MSc from the University of Manitoba, as well as a PhD from the University of Alberta.

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Gary Hepburn, Dean, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
Gary Hepburn, Dean, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

Gary joined Ryerson University in January 2020 as dean of The Chang School. He is also a professor in the School of Creative Industries, Faculty of Communication and Design. Gary’s professional focus is advancing the practice of university-based continuing education, ensuring that it makes a strong contribution to the institution’s strategic goals. He specializes in fostering educational programming that responds to the needs of the various communities served by universities. He has a particular interest in online and lifelong learning.

Prior to joining Ryerson, Gary held academic and administrative leadership positions at several Canadian and international universities. Most recently, he was dean of the Division of Extended Education at the University of Manitoba. Prior to that, he served as director of Academic Programming and Delivery at the University of the West Indies’ Open Campus where he led the development and delivery of online programming to 17 countries of the English-speaking Caribbean. He also helped lead the advancement of continuing education in Canada as president of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education from 2017-2018.

Gary holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of British Columbia. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from Saint Mary's University as well as bachelor’s degrees in science and education from Mount Allison University.