Call for Nominations – Advisory Committee for the Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (PDAD&C #71)

To:         Faculty, Students, and Staff, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:    Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Date:    May 6, 2020
Re:         Call for Nominations – Advisory Committee for the Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (PDAD&C #71)

On June 30, 2021, Professor Glen Jones will complete his term as Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Professor Jones has informed me that he will be stepping down as Dean at that time in order to pursue his research and return to the professoriate.

Under Professor Jones’ leadership, and through the collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, OISE developed a new academic plan that established core themes and priorities and revitalized the community. With a renewed emphasis on innovative pedagogy, the EdD programs were redesigned to address the needs of working professionals, the MT program was re-visioned and a number of entirely new programs were created. OISE developed a new, decentralized budget model that provided greater autonomy to academic departments and prioritized faculty renewal and the increased diversity of academic appointments. Professor Jones supported highly successful new initiatives in Indigenous education, strengthening the student experience, international partnerships, wellness programming, communications, alumni engagement, and community building. Renovations to the Jackman Institute for Child Studies were completed and the revitalization of the OISE lobby will soon be finished. The Faculty has also improved its global reputation, ranking in the top five best education institutions in the world according to QS, and it is consistently ranked as the top education faculty in Canada. In taking on the role of Dean, Professor Jones combined his considerable expertise in university governance, policy, and academic work with a caring, collegial, and consensus-building approach to help position OISE for continued success in the years ahead.

In accordance with Section 60 of the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, I am writing to call for the nominations of individuals to serve on the Committee that will advise on the appointment of a Dean.

The Policy mandates the composition of the Advisory Committee as follows:

  • The Vice-President and Provost (Chair);
  • Three to five members of the teaching staff of the Faculty;
  • One to three students of the Faculty;
  • The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies or representative;
  • A librarian, where appropriate;
  • Two or three other qualified scholars from within or outside this University, but outside of the Faculty;
  • In addition, the Committee may include an alumnus/a, a member of the administrative staff, and a senior member of the appropriate professional community.

The Advisory Committee will begin meeting in the coming months. Nominations for the Committee should be submitted to the Office of the Vice-President & Provost by May 20, 2020, via the online form.

Questions about this search process may be directed to Assistant Provost Archana Sridhar at