York U Faculty of Education Dean Alice Pitt appointed Vice-Provost Academic


TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2012 – York University is pleased to announce that Professor Alice Pitt will assume the role of Vice-Provost Academic in the Office of the Vice-President Academic & Provost this December.

Professor Pitt is currently serving as Dean of the Faculty of Education; in order to ensure continuity in the Vice-Provost’s portfolio, she will be seconded from that position to take up this new opportunity for an 18-month term, commencing December 1, 2012.   She brings to the position a wealth of experience and leadership in relation to curriculum development and community partnerships, having served as Associate Dean Pre-Service in the Faculty of Education prior to her appointment as Dean in 2009. As Vice-Provost Academic, she will have responsibility for quality assurance, community engagement, and access initiatives.

Professor Pitt holds a PhD in Education from the University of Toronto, with specializations in curriculum theory, critical/feminist pedagogy, and cultural studies in education; and she has published widely in these fields, as well as teacher education.  She has been at York since 1995, and became a Full Professor in 2009.

Arrangements with regard to the appointment of an Interim Dean of the Faculty of Education will be announced in the near future.

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