Appointment of Professor Susan McCahan as Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education

PDAD&C#44, 2014-15

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From:      Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost 
Date:  December 2, 2014
Re:  Appointment of Professor Susan McCahan as Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education

I am pleased to announce that the Executive Committee of the Governing Council has approved the appointment of Professor Susan McCahan to the newly created position of Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education, from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2019. 

The creation of this new position within my office reflects the very high priority accorded by the University to the goal of developing innovative new approaches to undergraduate education.  It is also closely aligned with the President’s objective that the University of Toronto lead the way in re-imagining and reinventing undergraduate education.  Working closely with Deans and divisions across our three campuses, the new Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education (VP-IUE) will play a leading role in supporting this core element of the University’s mission.

Professor Susan McCahan is currently the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. She joined the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at U of T in 1992, and has served as Chair of First Year for the Faculty (2006-2011) and as Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, for the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (2001-2004). As Associate Chair, she led the redesign of the undergraduate curriculum in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering programs.

Professor McCahan has worked extensively on student, staff and faculty development in teaching and learning. In addition to designing and delivering seminars and workshops on these topics, she annually teaches a course for faculty members through the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation. Her current research focuses on re-envisioning the learning environment for engineering education.

Professor McCahan is the president of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA). In 2007, she received a 3M National Fellowship Teaching Award and was part of the team in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering that received the Alan Blizzard Award for collaboration in teaching. She received the Faculty Teaching Award in 2000 and was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006 for distinguished contributions and innovations in science and engineering education. Professor McCahan received the 2007 President's Teaching Award, the University of Toronto’s highest teaching honour.

Please join me in welcoming Professor McCahan to this new role.