An accomplished scholar and academic leader, Kelly MacKay joined Ryerson in 2011 and has held positions including interim associate vice-president, research and innovation; associate dean, research and graduate programs at the Ted Rogers School of Management; and professor of tourism in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Through her commitment to community - driven research and student engagement, Kelly established a track record of building productive academic and professional networks. She recently sat on the Scholarly Research and Creative Activity Committee (SRCAC) and the Senate Policy 118 Research Integrity Review Committee, chaired the Policy 144 Research Centres Review Committee, and served on the Academic Standards Committee, the Research Ethics Board, and the Academic Plan ‘Kitchen Cabinet’.
Prior to joining Ryerson, Kelly held various leadership positions at the University of Manitoba including associate dean academic. With extensive experience of strategic academic and resource planning, she was responsible for undergraduate and graduate programs including new program development, program reviews and accreditations, academic hiring and mentoring, external relations, and execution of international projects. In that role, she also served as faculty senator and a member of the Senate Executive Committee.
Kelly has secured more than $2 million in research grants, including a record of support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She received Ryerson’s Dean’s Service Award in 2014, and in 2016 and 2017 her papers were awarded by the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
Areas of Responsibility
The Office of Experiential Learning focuses on promoting, enhancing and increasing experiential learning opportunities to students across campus while working with administration, faculty and partners to further integrate experiential learning into the curriculum.
The LAS builds and delivers live, performance-based simulations which target specific learning objectives, enhance professional development initiatives and support a variety of performance assessment models.