Vice-Provostial Appointment: Professor Sioban Nelson

PDAD&C#29, 2014-15

To:  PDAD&C
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From:     Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Date:  October 23, 2014
Re:  Vice-Provostial Appointment: Professor Sioban Nelson 

I am pleased to announce that the Executive Committee of the Governing Council has approved the appointment of Professor Sioban Nelson as Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018.  Professor Nelson will continue in her role as Vice-Provost, Academic Programs (see PDAD&C #66, 2012-13).  Together, the portfolio will be known as ‘Vice-Provost, Academic’. 

The responsibility of this combined Vice-Provostial portfolio is to deliver on the University’s mission of academic excellence, as it relates to faculty matters as well as academic programs and policy issues. The Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life portfolio oversees faculty appointments, tenure, promotion, grievances, and policy development. The Vice-Provost, Academic Programs portfolio manages the University’s quality assurance process, academic planning support for divisions, and academic program development and change.

Prior to taking up the role of Vice-Provost, Academic Programs in August 2013, Professor Nelson served two terms as Dean of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Professor Nelson came to the University in 2005 from her position as Head of the School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Professor Nelson is a leading scholar of nursing and health care professional issues; she is currently working on projects related to professional regulation, workforce mobility, and the history of nursing and medicine.

In her short time as Vice-Provost, Professor Nelson has already made significant progress on many key academic initiatives and has formed excellent relationships with Deans, Principals, and others across our three campuses. She has also served as Interim Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life since July.

Please join me in welcoming Sioban to this redesigned role and thanking her for her service to the University of Toronto.