Appointment of Professor Jill Matus, Vice-Provost, Students

PDAD&C#37, 2007-08


From: Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date: January 9, 2008
Re: Appointment of Professor Jill Matus, Vice-Provost, Students

I am pleased to announce that the Executive Committee of the Governing Council has approved the appointment of Professor Jill Matus as Vice-Provost, Students for a five-year term effective July 1, 2008.

The Vice-Provost, Students is responsible for student experience through ensuring that university-wide programs and services are available in order for the academic divisions to deliver an outstanding student experience.

The Vice-Provost, Students has responsibility for policies and procedures affecting students and student organizations across the three campuses. The Vice-Provost, Students oversees operation, administration and delivery of programs and services in Student Recruitment, Admissions and Awards, Student Information Systems, International Student Exchange and the Office of Teaching Advancement.

The Vice-Provost, Students also provides supervision to the Assistant Vice-President, Student Life who oversees the operation, administration and delivery of student programs and services on St. George Campus that include Accessibility Services; Career Centre; Centre for Community Partnerships; Counselling and Learning Skills Service; First Nations House; Health Service; International Student Centre; Multifaith Centre; Psychiatric Service; Student Housing Service; Student Life Programs; and Hart House.

Professor Jill Matus embodies a number of characteristics that are essential for the role of Vice-Provost, Students at this time: direct experience in undergraduate education, an understanding of the role of college life in the student experience, and a tri-campus orientation. She has accumulated a wide range of administrative experience at the campus, college, and departmental levels. Her most recent academic administrative position has been as Acting Principal of University College, July to December, 2007.

Since 2005, she has served as Vice-Principal at University College, and prior to that, she was Associate Graduate Director in the Department of English from 2002-2004. From 1994-97 she served as Discipline Representative for English at University of Toronto Scarborough.

In all of these roles she has shown a deep commitment to the student experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She has been engaged in activities that bridge curricular and co-curricular to ensure that our students have a well rounded experience. She has demonstrated the ability to develop an excellent working relationship with academic and administrative staff and student groups.

A distinguished Humanities scholar, she is best known for her research on the Victorian novel in relation to medical and psychological writing of the period, and has published widely on George Eliot, Dickens, the Brontës, and Elizabeth Gaskell.  A secondary research field is contemporary African-American fiction.

Professor Matus received her BA from the University of the Witwatersrand, MA from Columbia University, and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She joined the professoriate in 1987, initially at UTSC.  Since 1997 she has been a member of the Department of English on the St George Campus.