Extension of Professor Elizabeth Smyth as Vice-Dean, Programs at the School of Graduate Studies and appointment as Acting Director of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation

PDAD&C #64, 2013-14

To:  PDAD&C 
From:      Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost 
Date:  May 23, 2014 
Re:  Extension of Professor Elizabeth Smyth as Vice-Dean, Programs at the School of Graduate Studies and appointment as Acting Director of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation

I am pleased to advise that the Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the extension of Professor Elizabeth Smyth as Vice-Dean, Programs at the School of Graduate Studies for the period July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.  Professor Smyth has served admirably in this role for the past five years and we are grateful to her willingness to continue her appointment to ensure a smooth transition at the School for the incoming Dean, Professor Locke Rowe.

I am also pleased to advise that Professor Smyth will assume the role of Acting Director at the Centre for Teaching Support & Learning for a six month period effective January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015 while Professor Carol Rolheiser is on administrative leave.

Professor Smyth is a Full Professor in the Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning at OISE.  Her research interests include the history of education, the history of the professions and professional education, and the pedagogy of new technologies.  Professor Smyth is a member of the Provostial Working Group on Continuing and Professional Education and the Special Joint Advisory Committee Sub-group on Tenure and Promotion, and recently served on the Task Force on Course Evaluations.  She has also served in a number of administrative roles at the Faculty- and University-level.  Professor Smyth is an elected member of the Governing Council, and has served on Academic Board, the Committee on Academic Policy and Programs, the Honorary Degree Committee, University Affairs Board and Executive Committee.

In 2010, Professor Smyth received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the History of Women Religious Network and the Edward Clerk Medal from the Canadian Catholic Historical Society.  She is a Fellow of the University of St. Michael’s College and a Senior Fellow at Massey College.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Smyth for her continued service to the University of Toronto.