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Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and Vice-Provost and University Librarian reappointed

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green on Monday announced the reappointment of two members of Queen’s leadership team.

John Pierce has accepted an offer of re-appointment as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2020.

Dr. Pierce’s leadership and extensive knowledge of Queen’s academic operations have been integral to the university’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is currently leading the Academic Operations Working Group, which will help to ensure a rich and accessible student learning experience in the 2020-21 academic year.

Dr. Pierce has served as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) since July 1, 2019, and previously served as Acting Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) in 2017. He brings to the Teaching and Learning portfolio extensive experience in developing academic programs, leadership experience in student advising, and developing policies on academic integrity. He is also a past chair of the Council of Ontario Universities Audit Committee, where his knowledge of both academic and student support services aided in reviewing the development of quality assurance in post-secondary education.=

An award-winning professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, his teaching and research interests include English Romantic poetry and late 18th and early 19th century fiction. He previously served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science from 2001-2010 and 2012-13. He also held the position of Acting Associate Vice-Principal and Dean of Student Affairs from 2010-11.

Michael Vandenburg has accepted an offer of reappointment as Interim Vice-Provost and University Librarian for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2020.

Vandenburg has served as Queen’s Interim Vice-Provost and University Librarian since July 1, 2019, and as the Associate University Librarian from 2012-2019. In his time as Interim Vice-Provost and University Librarian, Vandenburg has supported the library and the university during a period of significant change.

He recently oversaw the successful completion of several initiatives, including a $65,000 National Heritage Digital Strategy funded project to digitize the records of John Buchan held in the University Archives, as well as the 25th anniversary celebrations of Stauffer Library. The Stauffer@25 project involved the creation of a new Indigenous themed learning space on the lower level of Stauffer Library and a speaker series featuring prominent Canadians such as Tanya Talaga, David Sharpe, and Ali Velshi, made possible with a generous gift of $500,000 from the Stauffer Foundation.

As Interim Vice-Provost and University Librarian, Vandenburg has been deeply engaged in the collaborative efforts of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). He has served as a member of the OCUL Planning & Assessment Committee, OCUL Governance Review Task Group, and the Collaborative Futures Directors group responsible for the implementation of a new shared library services platform for 14 academic libraries across Ontario.