32 Appointment of Prof Tony Chambers as Associate Vice Provost Students

 PDAD&C#32, 2005-06


To:  Principals, Deans, Academic Directors & Chairs
From: Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date: October 28, 2005
Re:  Appointment of Prof Tony Chambers as Associate Vice-Provost, Students


I am pleased to announce that the Governing Council approved at its meeting yesterday the creation of the position of Associate Vice-Provost, Students and the appointment of Professor Anthony (Tony)
Chambers to this newly created position.  This appointment is effective November 1, 2005 until June 30, 2010.

As you are all aware, one of the key priorities of the Stepping UP academic plan is the enhancement of the student experience. Vice-Provost, Students, Professor David Farrar and members of his portfolio have an important role in advancing this priority.  Professor Farrar has already begun to focus on a variety of new initiatives that are designed to enhance the student experience, as well as fulfill other
Stepping UP priorities.   An important element, however, is the need to assess and evaluate the various initiatives to enhance the student experience.  The responsibilities of the new position of Associate
Vice-Provost, Students will include providing advice on enhancing the student experience and strategies for student development.  In addition, an important aspect of the portfolio will involve the creation of tools for the assessment of the quality of the student experience, and the development of mechanisms for interpreting and understanding those tools that already exist (e.g., NSSE).

Professor Tony Chambers has a rich academic and administrative background in the area of higher education research and student life. He recently joined the Department of Theory & Policy Studies in Education, OISE/UT, as an Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2005. Professor Chambers has an Ed.D Higher Education Leadership) from the University of Florida (1990), an M.S. (Counselor Education) from
Illinois State University (1979) and a B.S. (Psychology) from Illinois State University (1978).  Prior to joining OISE/UT Professor Chambers served as Associate Director, National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, University of Michigan, where he was also an Adjunct Professor, Center for the Study of Higher Education and Post-secondary Education (2000-2005).  From 1996-2000 he was the Program Officer at the John Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a non-profit operating foundation that supports the exploration of the relationship between mind, body and spirit.  Prior to this, from 1993-1996,  he as an Assistant Professor in Higher, Adult & Lifelong Education at Michigan State, as well as Administrator for the Student Affairs Administration Master’s degree program.  From 1990-1993 he was an Assistant Professor, Counselor Education & Interim Program Coordinator of the Student Development in Postsecondary Education Master’s degree program at the University of Iowa.  Professor Chambers served as Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis from 1987 – 1990, the Assistant Dean for Student Services at the University of Florida from 1981 – 1987, the Assistant Director for Student Activities from 1979 – 1981 and Financial Aid Advisor  from 1977 – 1979 at Illinois State University.

Professor Chambers has published and presented extensively in the areas of higher education and the public good, and student life (including leadership, activism).  He is also a member of numerous professional associations including (but not limited to) the Canadian Association of Community Service Learning, the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE), the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the American Education Research Association (AERA).

I am pleased to welcome Professor Chambers to the Provost’s Office team.  If you wish to contact Professor Chambers, please call the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students at 978-3870.