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New senior academic appointments announced

June 12, 2015

OISE Staff

Interim OISE Dean Glen Jones announced this week the appointments of four new senior academic administrators: Professor Douglas McDougall as Associate Dean, Programs; Professor Michele Peterson-Badali as Associate Dean, Research, International and Innovation; Professor Nina Bascia as Chair, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education; and Professor Earl Woodruff as Chair, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development.

Doug McDougallProfessor Douglas McDougall brings a wealth of experience in academic administration to the role of Associate Dean, Programs, having served as Co-Director of the Master of Teaching Program from 2000 to 2004 and Coordinator of the Master of Teaching Program from 2004 to 2009. In addition, he served as Associate Chair of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL) from 2005 to 2008, and Chair since 2010.

Professor McDougall has a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching in mathematics education.  His research on improving instructional strategies at the elementary and secondary school levels has attracted funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the Toronto District School Board. He has supervised more than two-dozen doctoral students to completion. He is a former president of the Psychology of Mathematics Education, North America Chapter.

Professor McDougall’s contributions to leadership at the University of Toronto are many. He served as a member of the University of Toronto Academic Board from 2005 to 2014, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Academic Policy and Programs from 2006 to 2012, and Chair of the Committee from 2012 to 2014.

Michele Peterson-BadaliProfessor Michele Peterson-Badali, appointed Associate Dean, Research, International and Innovation effective July 1, 2015, is a registered psychologist in Ontario and professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development. She is a leading international scholar who is widely respected for her research on children’s and adolescents’ knowledge, reasoning, perceptions, and experiences of the youth justice system, their understanding of rights, and their evolving legal capacities. With an outstanding record of research and publication, her work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the federal Department of Justice, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, and the Office of the Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.

Professor Peterson-Badali has a very strong record of academic leadership and service. She has been Coordinator of the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program in 2009-2010, Associate Chair of the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology from 2004 to 2008, and a member of numerous OISE committees. She has served the University of Toronto on the Graduate Academic Appeals Board in the School of Graduate Studies since 2008, and the Academic Board since 2013.

Nina BasciaProfessor Nina Bascia has been appointed Chair of the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE) for a five year term beginning July 1, 2015. Her extensive leadership service includes Associate Chair of LHAE since 2013, Associate Chair of the former Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education from 1998 to 2001, and Department Chair from 2002- 2006, as well as serving on countless OISE committees.  She is the founding Director of the Collaborative Program in Educational Policy.

Professor Bascia is a leading scholar of educational policy as it intersects with schools as organizations, and particularly with teachers' work. She is a prolific contributor to the literature and has published eight books as well as numerous papers and book chapters. She has considerable experience in teacher education as well as an impressive record of graduate supervision.

Earl WoodruffProfessor Earl Woodruff has been appointed Chair of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development for a five year term beginning July 1, 2015. Professor Woodruff brings considerable experience in academic administration and program development to his new role as department Chair. Working with Professor Carol Rolheiser, he spearheaded the development of the Master of Teaching Program (MT) and was program coordinator when it was housed in the former Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology (HDAP). As Associate Chair of HDAP he led the development of an innovative flex-mode delivery method in order to expand enrolment in the MEd program in Developmental Psychology in Education. He has held a number of important service roles within OISE, including Chair of Faculty Council.

Professor Woodruff is a respected and productive scholar specializing in the area of technology in education.  His current research interests include emotion and cognitive engagement in academic learning, classroom instruction, and achievement. His research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Australian Research Council, the Ontario Ministry of Education, and other funding agencies. He has considerable experience in graduate supervision.

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