Appointment of Professor Micah Stickel as Acting Vice-Provost, Students (PDAD& #73)

From: Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date: May 7, 2020
Re: Appointment of Professor Micah Stickel as Acting Vice-Provost, Students (PDAD& #73)

As indicated in 2019-2020  PDAD&C Memo #41, Professor Sandy Welsh has been appointed for a second Term as Vice-Provost, Students and will be taking an administrative leave during the 2020-2021 academic year, resulting in the call for nominations for an Acting Vice-Provost PDAD&C Memo #47.

I am very pleased to announce that the Executive Committee of Governing Council has approved the appointment of Professor Micah Stickel who will serve as Acting Vice-Provost, Students from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.  

Professor Stickel will also serve as Vice-Provostial Advisor on Students from July 1 to September 30, 2020, and April 1 to June 30, 2021. As the Vice-Provostial Advisor on Students, Professor Stickel will be advisory to Vice-Provost Welsh as Vice-Provost Students, and provide leadership and guidance to colleagues across the University on student matters.

Professor Stickel has served as Vice-Dean, First Year Engineering, in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) since November 2012. In that role, he coordinates the first year curriculum, as well as student support and experience for the core eight programs within the Faculty.  As Vice-Dean, Professor Stickel has undertaken a number of major initiatives and reviews to further strengthen the student experience and academic excellence of the core first year programs within FASE. He is also responsible for FASE’s Engineering Student Outreach Office, which offers innovative outreach programming that includes a focus on members of groups that are underrepresented in engineering. As Vice-Dean, Professor Stickel also oversees FASE’s Engineering Student Recruitment and Retention Office, and leads and coordinates its Broad-Based Admissions Project and Assessment, which aims to expand the criteria upon which undergraduate admissions decisions are based. As Vice-Dean, Professor Stickel also co-created and continues to co-chair FASE’s Engineering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Action Group, a group of students, staff, and faculty that meets weekly to discuss issues, experiences, and initiatives related to EDI and how to improve the student experience within FASE.

Professor Stickel has served on a number of institutional committees impacting the student experience, including the Presidential and Provostial Advisory Committee on the Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence; the Lester B. Pearson Awards Steering Committee; the Strategic Recruitment Advisory Committee; and the International Student Experience Advisory Committee.

Professor Stickel is Professor, Teaching Stream, within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His graduate research was in the area of Electromagnetics and the development of novel devices for high-frequency wireless systems. His current research focuses on the impacts of active learning techniques and the effective use of educational technology in engineering education.  Professor Stickel is the recipient of five departmental teaching awards, as well as the Early Career Teaching Award by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.