Nicholas Rule

Professor Nicholas Rule wearing a blue shirt, navy jacket and blue and navy striped bowtie

Nicholas Rule

Vice-Principal (Academic) & Dean, University of Toronto Mississauga

Professor Nick Rule was appointed Vice-Principal (Academic) & Dean, University of Toronto Mississauga beginning July 2023. Since April 2022, Professor Rule served as Provostial Advisor and Chair of the University’s Resilience Project Team. In the Faculty of Arts & Science, Professor Rule supported student-centered change on the Committee for International Experience, the Working Group on Undergraduate Experience, and the Mental Health Advisory Committee, among others. He practiced the same dedication to student success as the Dean’s designate for Academic Integrity and as Interim Vice-Dean, Undergraduate through an especially challenging period at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Rule also served as Chair and Associate Chair, Undergraduate in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts & Science.  

Professor Rule’s research continues to earn recognition on the world stage with awards from the International Social Cognition Network, the International Academy for Intercultural Research, the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, and elsewhere. In the local community, Professor Rule has drawn on his research on racial bias to provide expert testimony in cases of police violence against unarmed Black men in Toronto. 

Professor Rule earned his BA at Dartmouth College, and MS and PhD at Tufts University. Professor Rule joined U of T in 2010 as a Canada Research Chair. Since then, across more than 130 highly cited peer-reviewed articles and papers, his work has shaped the field of social perception, cognition, and behaviour, earning almost $4M in research funding and supporting the professional development of more than 250 undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research trainees. 

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