Appointment of Professor Edith Hillan Vice Provost Academic and of Professor Dave Farrar as Deputy Provost

PDAD&C #49


From:  Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date: June 24, 2004
Re: Appointment of Professor Edith Hillan, Vice-Provost, Academic and of Professor Dave, Farrar as Deputy Provost

I am pleased to announce, that the Governing Council has approved the appointment of Professor Edith Hillan as Vice-Provost, Academic, for a five-year term, from September 1, 2004 to June 30, 2009. I am also pleased to announce that Governing Council approved the appointment of Professor David Farrar as Deputy Provost for a two-year term ending June 30, 2006.  Professor Farrar will hold this appointment in conjunction with the position he currently holds as Vice-Provost, Students.

Professor Edith Hillan

Professor Edith Hillan's responsibilities as Vice-Provost, Academic, will include those formerly under the portfolio of the Vice-Provost, Faculty, which covered faculty issues, relationships with UTFA, and academic integrity.  In addition, Professor Hillan will also assume some of those duties formerly fulfilled by Carolyn Tuohy, in her role as Associate Provost. These include responsibility for academic programs and policy, Faculty reviews and coordination of Academic Plan related activities.   The combination of the two portfolios necessitated a new title, namely Vice-Provost, Academic.

Professor Edith Hillan holds an MPhil in Law & Ethics in Medicine from the Faculty of Law and Financial Studies, University of Glasgow (1994). She has a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Glasgow (1990) and an MSc from the Department of Pharmacology, University of Strathclyde (1983).  Professor Hillan came to the University of Toronto in 2001 and is currently Associate Dean, Academic Programs in the Faculty of Nursing.

Since qualifying as a nurse and midwife, Professor Edith Hillan has worked in clinical practice, research and education both in the UK and abroad. Her MSc thesis entitled 'Starting Labour' examined the use of prostaglandins for cervical ripening and induction of labour. Her PhD thesis examined both women's experiences of caesarean delivery and the immediate, short-term and long-term effects of the operation. She was formerly Professor of Midwifery at the University of Glasgow where she was responsible for the introduction of the Master of Midwifery degree.  As an Executive Member of the Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine, she was also closely involved with the introduction of the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Law and Ethics in Medicine. She is currently involved in studies, which look at women's health after childbirth, pain relief in labour and the organisation of care in the postnatal period.

Professor Hillan has served as a member of the Academic Board since 2002 and in 2002-2003 was a member of the Agenda Committee.  She has also been a member of the Planning and Budget Committee since 2002 and in 2002-2003 served as Vice-Chair.

I am confident that Professor Hillan's extensive academic and administrative experience prior to joining the University of Toronto, as well as her experience and knowledge gained at the University of Toronto as a result of her rapid engagement in University governance and other University activities, will serve her well in her new role in the Provost's Office.

Professor David Farrar

Professor David Farrar has been serving as Vice-Provost, Students, since January 1, 2003.  In this capacity Professor Farrar has exhibited a broad-based university perspective in his approach to issues facing his portfolio.    Before joining the Provost's Office, Professor Farrar was Chair of the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Arts and Science, a position which he held since 1999.  He is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and a member of the Graduate Department of Chemistry.  His primary research interests include phosphorus compounds and structure determination by X-ray crystallography.  He is a holder of three patents.

Professor Farrar received his BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry from the University of Toronto and his PhD from the University of Western Ontario.  He has been a member of the University of Toronto professoriate since 1981.

As Deputy Provost, Professor Farrar will have special responsibilities for coordinating projects which cut across vice-provostial portfolios, assisting with the appointment and support of Principals and Deans, and deputizing for me during my absences.