Appointment of Professor Mariel O'Neill Karch as Principal of Woodsworth College

PDAD&C #29, 2001-2002


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Woodsworth College Students, Staff, and Faculty
FROM:   Adel Sedra, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   November 16, 2001
RE:   Appointment of Professor Mariel O'Neill-Karch as Principal of Woodsworth College

I am very pleased to announce that, at its meeting yesterday, the Academic Board approved the appointment of Professor Mariel O'Neill-Karch as Principal of Woodsworth College, beginning January 1, 2002, her term ending on December 31st, 2006.

Professor O'Neill-Karch is a member of the faculty of the Department of French. She conducts research and teaches in her area of specialty, Quebec literature and Franco-Ontarian theatre and semiotics. Since 1998, she has been the Associate Dean, Humanities, for the Faculty of Arts and Science. During that period, she was very involved with the Faculty's Raising our Sights planning process. As Chair of the Faculty's Committee on Writing, she has helped to shape a number of pilot projects and initiatives to improve undergraduate writing. Prior to her service as Associate Dean, Professor O'Neill-Karch was Acting Principal of St. Michael's College for one year. During that period, she was the College's representative on the committee that reviewed and renegotiated the Memorandum of Agreement with the Federated Universities. More recently, Professor O'Neill-Karch was a member of the Provost's Task Force on Technology-Assisted Education.

Professor O'Neill-Karch's experience within the College system and the Faculty of Arts and Science will be of enormous benefit to her leadership of the College. Woodsworth currently has many challenges facing it, including the construction of a new residence. Professor O'Neill-Karch brings a blend of skills, knowledge and collegial support that is well suited to helping the College meet these challenges and exploit opportunities in the years ahead.

I ask you all to join with me in congratulating Professor O'Neill-Karch on her appointment as Principal of Woodsworth College.