Appointment of Professor Locke Rowe as Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research & Education

PDAD&C #55, 2013-14

To:  School of Graduate Studies
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Members of the Graduate Students’ Union 
From:      Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date:  April 24, 2014
Re:  Appointment of Professor Locke Rowe as Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research & Education 
cc:   President Meric Gertler
The Bulletin

I am delighted to announce that the Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Locke Rowe as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) for a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2017. The Executive Committee of the Governing Council has approved the appointment of Professor Rowe to the newly redefined position of Vice-Provost, Graduate Research & Education for a concurrent term.

An Advisory Committee was established in September 2013 to recommend the appointment of a new Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and to conduct a review of SGS, including consideration of the associated vice-provostial position. The current position (Vice-Provost, Graduate Education) was rooted in the desire to heighten the profile of graduate education and ensure that the Dean of SGS would be involved in decision-making in the Office of the Vice-President and Provost. The current Advisory Committee recommended that the Vice-Provostial portfolio should be expanded to more explicitly link graduate education with the research mission of the university. As a result, the position has been renamed Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education.

Professor Rowe is Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Ecology, Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Toronto, and Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum.

He is known for his research in evolutionary biology and is currently working on a variety of projects, including the evolutionary genetics and ecology of sex differences. Professor Rowe and his students have authored 125 papers in peer reviewed journals, which have been cited over 7000 times, and his 2005 Princeton monograph on coevolution between the sexes has been cited over 1,100 times. He has served on the editorial boards of the primary journals in his field (Evolution, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London and American Naturalist) and was a member of the founding group of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, hosting their first annual general meeting at Victoria College. He is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including two NSERC Accelerator Awards and the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award.

Professor Rowe received his PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia and completed postdocs at the University of California-Davis and the University of Kentucky. He joined the Department of Zoology at the University of Toronto in 1994.

Professor Rowe has extensive academic administrative experience at the departmental, Faculty and University-wide levels. In 2005, he was appointed as the Coordinator of EEB, tasked with assembling and visioning a new Department. He served as the Chair and Graduate Chair of EEB from 2008-2013. He has served on numerous advisory committees for Deans, Chairs and Directors. He has also served on other University-wide committees including the Honorary Degrees Advisory Committee, Planning and Budget Committee, and Academic Board.

Professor Rowe’s outstanding scholarly record and his contributions to graduate education and administrative leadership make him ideally suited to this role. Please join me in congratulating him on this appointment.