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Kelly MacKay

Kelly MacKay

Vice-Provost, Academic
Phone416-979-5000 x552356

The vice-provost, academic chairs the senate academic standards committee, the learning and teaching committee and oversees units responsible for Academic Integrity, Experiential Learning, Curriculum Quality, Social Innovation as well as the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

About Kelly MacKay

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.

About the Office of the Vice-Provost, Academic (OVPA)

The OVPA provides collegial pathways to academic excellence by working as an active collaborator and an integrated resource for the Ryerson community.

The OVPA is a pan-university service dedicated to:

  • academic integrity;
  • experiential learning as pedagogy;
  • pedagogical enhancements and creativity in learning and teaching that enrich diverse student learning experiences;
  • the “social” and social justice in the innovation ecosystem;
  • continuous improvement of academic programs; and
  • advocacy for the academic enterprise at Ryerson.

Areas of Responsibility

The Academic Integrity Office exists to ensure that PDF filePolicy 60: Academic Integrity is carried out in a fair and transparent way and provides educational resources to the community.

The Centre for Learning & Teaching fosters a community dedicated to big thinking about curriculum, pedagogy and creative ways to develop inclusive teaching practices that enrich the student learning experience.

Curriculum Quality Assurance is responsible for the implementation and administration of Ryerson's Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) as described in PDF fileSenate Policy 110 and the Quality Assurance Framework, external link.

The primary support for Ryerson's teaching community, teaching development fosters a culture of excellence and innovation in teaching.

eLearning emerged from priorities identified in Ryerson's academic plan to create active learning opportunities for students and instructors, and improve equitable access to high-quality learning experiences.

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.

The Office of Social Innovation (OSI) was created in response to the growth of social innovation initiatives for students and the need for consolidating the university’s ecosystem to support the advancement of social innovation. OSI's vision is to model socially innovative approaches that support communities both locally and globally. 


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