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At the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education (VPIUE), we are continuously rethinking ways to support faculty in their curricular and pedagogical pursuits and that provide impactful learning experiences to students.

Office at 65 St. George Street

Working closely with first-entry undergraduate divisions across all three campuses, we support the reimagining of undergraduate education at U of T. See who is on our team and learn about the committees convened by the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education.

Photo: VPIUE Office by Jason Krygier-Baum

Staff Directory

Professor Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Innovation in Undergraduate Education

Professor Susan McCahan

Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education

Office Location

  • 65 St. George Street, Room 106
    Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E5

Position

Support For

Name & Email

Telephone

Director, Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education

Institutional initiatives related to undergraduate education, student academic success, and academic systems

416.978.4918

Julian Weinrib

Executive Assistant to the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education

Vice-Provost’s calendar and meetings

416.946.7772

Special Projects Officer

Student academic success; data analytics

Jeff Burrow

Special Projects Officer

Experiential learning; undergraduate research; teaching support initiatives

416.946.8251

Clare Gilderdale

Special Projects Officer

Student academic success; data analytics

416.946.8251

Lauren Hudak

Teaching Initiatives Coordinator

Teaching awards and grants; teaching initiatives; undergraduate research; communications

Henry Ivry

Curriculum Development Specialist

Program design and assessment; curriculum creation and change

416.978.2751

Jessie Richards

Curriculum Coordinator

Program design and assessment; curriculum creation and change

Committees

The Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education chairs and convenes a number of committees and forums intended to provide advice and input on aspects of the University’s teaching and learning landscape.

Below, explore the committees convened and chaired by VPIUE.

Mandate: This committee plays an advisory role for the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI), providing input regarding strategic directions and taking on an advocacy role for innovation in teaching and learning best practices at the University of Toronto. The main goals of this committee are to:

  • Advise the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs; Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education; and the Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation on the strategic directions and goals for CTSI.
  • Facilitate and serve as a venue for broad consultation regarding continuous pedagogical development and matters of teaching and learning.
  • Provide feedback and input regarding CTSI programming and activities.
  • Serve as a forum to review and discuss any relevant educational research, government recommendations, policies that may be relevant to the University’s teaching mandate and CTSI’s role.
  • Serve as a forum for discussion regarding CTSI’s support of University-wide pedagogical enhancements.

Chair: Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education.

Meeting frequency: Three times per academic year.

Mandate: The Course Evaluation Advisory Group provides advice to the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education on matters relating to the University’s Course Evaluation Framework and supporting technical systems. The Advisory Group is a forum for high-level discussions on the implementation and continued development of the Course Evaluation Framework. Discussions include but are not limited to:

  • Provostial guidelines; 
  • Data management; 
  • Research priorities; 
  • Continuous improvement.

Co-Chairs:

  • Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education;
  • Alison Gibbs, Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation.

Meeting frequency: Three times per academic year.

Mandate: The Forum on Experiential Learning is intended to support academic and non-academic administrators, faculty and staff, and build on and learn from the experiences of other divisions and units in the area of experiential learning. It performs this function by facilitating the sharing of important information regarding internal and external developments related to experiential education in order to help inform local and institutional strategic priorities in this area. 

The key functions of the Forum are to:

  • Enhance internal communications by coordinating efforts and embedding ideas in critical relationships throughout the institution.
  • Build a network of long-term relationships around experiential learning programming, delivery, assessment and the student experience.
  • Share information on strategic initiatives.
  • Assist in knowledge and best-practices transfer among the divisions.
  • Allow each dimension of the campus structure to work to its own strengths in advancing the principles of the institutional mission.

CoChairs:

  • Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education;
  • Sandy Welsh, Vice-Provost, Students.

Meeting frequency: Three times per academic year.

Mandate: The Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee functions as a high-level consultative body to guide policy and operations in all aspects related to the advancement of teaching and learning at U of T, along with ensuring that use of information technologies in teaching and learning are consistent with University policy.

The Committee provides advice on the needs and expectations of faculty to enhance the quality of teaching, learning and the student’s academic experience. The Committee is a venue for discussing operational matters in various service units to ensure that systems are managed in a manner compatible with the teaching and learning needs of the academic divisions.

Chair: Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education.

Meeting frequency: Three times per academic year.

Feedback

We welcome your comments, feedback and questions. If you have feedback or a question related to the OVPIUE portfolio, please contact vp.iue@utoronto.ca.