Departure of Professor Gage Averill

PDAD&C#101, 2009-10


From:       Ian Orchard, Vice-President and Principal, UTM
Date: June 10, 2010
RE: Departure of Professor Gage Averill

I write to let you know that Professor Gage Averill, vice-principal academic and dean at U of T Mississauga, has accepted a position as Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia, a six-year term that begins July 1, 2010. UBC's Board of Governors approved the appointment at its meeting Wednesday.

Gage served as chair of the music department at New York University and dean of music at U of T, before joining U of T Mississauga as vice-principal academic and dean in October 2007. During his time here, he has continued his focus on teaching and learning innovation by sponsoring symposia in teaching innovation; created the role of vice-dean for undergraduate programs, teaching and learning; promoted experiential and service learning; and worked closely with the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre on peer mentoring programs, a writing initiative, an academic integrity initiative, and pioneering instructional technology. As a result of these efforts, U of T Mississauga is positioned in the forefront of pedagogy in Ontario.

As well, Gage continued to lecture and speak on his area of research as a world-renowned ethnomusicologist particularly, over the past year, on Haitian popular music and power.

I know I speak for all of us at U of T Mississauga when I say that we shall miss Gage's leadership and joie de vivre around the campus, but we will wish him and his family all the best in Vancouver. A farewell reception will be held in the near future.