Appointment of Professor Jane Gaskell as Dean of OISE UT

PDAD&C #50, 2002-2003


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Students, Staff, Faculty and Alumni of OISE/UT
FROM:   Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   March 20, 2003
RE:   Appointment of Professor Jane Gaskell as Dean of OISE/UT
cc:   The Bulletin

I am very pleased to announce that the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Jane Gaskell as Dean of OISE/UT for a seven-year term, from July 1, 2003 until June 30, 2010.

Professor Gaskell is a native Torontonian who took an Honors B.A. (Sociology) at Swarthmore College and went on to an Ed.D. at Harvard University. She returned to Canada to teach first at Queen's University, then at the University of British Columbia, where she became Chair of the Department of Social and Educational Studies and then Associate Dean Research.

Professor Gaskell has an impressive record of teaching and research. She has been primary supervisor of nine master's students and seventeen doctoral students. She is the author of three books and over 50 chapters and refereed journal articles which address issues of gender, multiculturalism, equity, curriculum, and policy in education and is co-editor of six books. As principal investigator she has received approximately $1.6 million in external research grants and a further $3.5 million in contract research. Much of her research has been as principal investigator of large, networked, collaborative teams.

Professor Gaskell is also an experienced and highly effective academic administrator. As Chair she hired strong faculty and staff, funded graduate students in innovative ways, established connections between the Department and the rest of the campus, made research a priority with impressive results, and addressed harassment issues effectively. As Associate Dean, she worked with the faculty to significantly improve graduate programs and research in education at UBC. Under her leadership, the Faculty received the first CFI funding to go to a Faculty of Education and persuaded the B.C. Ministry of Education to provide funding for educational research.

Professor Gaskell has also proven exemplary in her service to Canadian scholarly associations, granting councils, and Ministries. She has served as President of the Canadian Association for Foundations of Education and of the Canadian Society for Study of Education. She has been a member of the Council of the Social Sciences Federation of Canada and its Vice-President External Relations. She was a member of the governing Council of the SSHRC, the Royal Society's Task Force on University Research. She has also served as a member of a number of expert advisory committees to the B.C. Ministry of Education, to the Council of Ministers of Education Canada, to HRDC, and to Health and Welfare Canada. She has served or continues to serve on the editorial boards of several journals.

Professor Gaskell has established for herself a reputation not only as a fine scholar, teacher and university administrator, but as a leader who builds consensus, focus, and a firm sense of direction through carefully researched groundwork, a high degree of consultation and an ability to inspire others. Her colleagues, her graduate students, and staff who have worked with her all speak to her personal attentiveness, to her enablement of and recognition of their contributions to collaborative processes, and to her capacity to move important initiatives forward through a happy combination of hard work, determination, clear-sightedness, consensus building and vision. I have every confidence that she will be a superb leader for OISE/UT and within the University of Toronto.