Appointment of Professor Alexie Tcheuyap as Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, International Student Experience (PDAD&C #4)

From: Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Joseph Wong, Vice-President, International
Date:  July 30, 2021
Re:   Appointment of Professor Alexie Tcheuyap as Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, International Student Experience (PDAD&C #4)

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Alexie Tcheuyap has received governance approval for a five-year term as Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, International Student Experience, beginning September 1, 2021.

The Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, International Student Experience (AVP-VP ISE) reports to both the Vice-President & Provost and to the Vice-President, International.  The Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost has an integral role in furthering the strategic goals and initiatives of both offices when it comes to matters related to international students, and all students’ opportunities for international engagement.  

As Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, Professor Tcheuyap will be supporting the divisional international engagement across all three campuses through collaborative development of global opportunities for all University of Toronto students through curricular and co-curricular initiatives; academic leadership in the areas of learning abroad opportunities for students and oversight of the tri-campus Centre for International Experience in collaboration with the Vice-Provost, Students; fostering a positive international student experience at University of Toronto; and pursuing global partnership opportunities that support these goals.

This appointment builds on Professor Tcheuyap’s collaborative and strategic leadership skills, his significant administrative experience and a true passion for supporting our international students as well as fostering opportunities for all students to engage globally. He will be a worthy advocate for the University’s international strategy as it further develops under the leadership of recently appointed Vice President International Professor Joe Wong, who formerly held this AVP-VP role.

Professor Tcheuyap was educated in Cameroon (École Normale Supérieure & University of Yaoundé), Scotland (Moray House College) and Canada (Queen’s University). He is currently a Full Professor in the Department of French where he was Associate Chair and Chair before his appointment as Vice-Dean Faculty, Academic Life & Equity in the Faculty of Arts & Science in July 2019. His current role as Vice-Dean includes a broad portfolio of responsibilities, from stakeholder management to leadership and administration of Faculty-wide complement. He has made significant strides on the Labour Relations front, by promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in academic hiring, supporting searches and promotions, managing collective agreements with unions. 

A Senior Fellow of the European Institutes for Advanced Study, Professor Tcheuyap has also taught at the University of Calgary and been Visiting Professor at universities across Europe, Africa and the US. A recipient of several SSHRC research grants, amongst other funding and awards, his scholarship focuses on African literary, cinema and media studies, fields in which he has published extensively in journals like Politique Africaine, Research in African Literatures, Présence Africaine, Études Littéraires, Présence Francophone or Études françaises, to name a few. A selection of his many noteworthy book publications includes: De l’écrit à l’écran (Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa, 2005); Postnationalist African Cinemas (Manchester UP, 2011); Autoritarisme, presse et violence au Cameroun (Karthala, 2014) and Avoir peur. Insécurité et roman en Afrique francophone (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2019; with Hervé Tchumkam). 

Through his teaching, scholarship and administrative work, he has demonstrated a continued commitment to innovation and diversity, as well as to global engagement, in the aim of producing meaningful change not only in his field, but also on the broader university, national and international stage. 

Please join us in welcoming Professor Tcheuyap to this role.