Provost announces senior re-appointments

Provost announces senior re-appointments

By Communications Staff

November 25, 2016


Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Benoit-Antoine Bacon has announced re-appointments for three members of his senior leadership team.

“I am delighted that Deputy Provost Teri Shearer, Dean of Graduate Studies Brenda Brouwer, and Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), have all accepted re-appointments. They are all integral to Queen’s leadership, and I look forward to working with them in the years ahead,” says Dr. Bacon. “I am also pleased to announce that during the first half of 2017, John Pierce will lead the Teaching and Learning portfolio while Dr. Scott takes an administrative leave. I am confident that Dr. Pierce will provide excellent guidance throughout his time as acting vice-provost.”

[Teri Shearer]Teri Shearer has accepted re-appointment as deputy provost for a three-and-a-half year term, rounding off a full five-year term, effective July 1, 2017.

Since her appointment as deputy provost in January 2016, Dr. Shearer has become an integral part of the Office of the Provost’s senior leadership team. Among many other responsibilities, Dr. Shearer contributes to the academic mission of the university through her oversight of the academic appointment process and as chair of the Senate Committee on Academic Development,  chair of the the Ad Hoc Committee for the Review of the Academic Plan, and as co-chair of the Queen’s National Scholar Program. As Dr. Shearer continues in her role, she will continue to work closely with Queen’s senior management team to advance the academic, operational, and budgetary goals of the university.                                                                                                                

[Brenda Brouwer]Brenda Brouwer has declined to seek a second mandate as vice-provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies but at the request of the provost has accepted an extension of her existing term as vice-provost and dean of Graduate Studies until June 30, 2018.

Throughout her time as vice-provost and dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Brouwer has demonstrated exceptional leadership in enhancing Queen’s graduate credentials, including the expansion of innovative and professional programming to meet the evolving needs of students who will enter into an increasingly diverse labour market. Dr. Brouwer has also demonstrated her commitment to enhancing the graduate student learning experience through the establishment of a number of initiatives designed to support students’ academic success and personal well-being, and to guide their professional development.

[Jill Scott]Jill Scott has accepted re-appointment as vice-provost (teaching and learning) for a three-year term effective July 1, 2017.

Since her appointment as vice-provost (teaching and learning) in May 2013, Dr. Scott has spearheaded several important initiatives, including the development of Queen’s University Learning Outcomes Framework; the Teaching and Learning Action Plan; the adoption of onQ, Queen’s online learning management system; and, more recently, providing leadership to Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force through her role as co-chair. 

Throughout her upcoming term, Dr. Scott will continue to focus on initiatives that support teaching excellence and an enhanced student learning experience, including the further integration of active and collaborative learning spaces and technologies; the implementation of Queen’s University Learning Outcomes Framework; supporting the development of Queen’s online learning initiatives; as well as continued administration of Queen’s University Quality Assurance Processes and new program development.

[John Pierce]Dr. Scott will be taking an administrative leave from Jan. 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017. In consultation with Dr. Scott and others, Provost Bacon has asked John Pierce to serve as acting vice-provost (teaching and learning) for a six-month period. Dr. Pierce brings to the Teaching and Learning portfolio extensive experience in developing and administering a range of academic programs, as well as leadership experience in student advising and appeals, and developing and administering policies on academic integrity. He is currently a member of the Council of Ontario Universities Audit Committee, where his deep knowledge of both academic and student support services aids in reviewing the development of quality assurance in post-secondary education.

Dr. Pierce has served as associate dean of Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science, 2001-2010 and 2012-13. He also held the position of acting associate vice-principal and dean of Student Affairs, 2010-11.