News and Announcements
 New appointments for Dean of Science and University Librarian

July 2, 2014 - On June 24, 2014, the Board of Governors approved the appointments of Dr. Stefi Baum as Dean, Faculty of Science, and Ms. Mary-Jo Romaniuk as University Librarian.  Both appointments are for a five year period commencing October 1, 2014.

Dr. Stefi Baum received her doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Maryland and her Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Harvard University.  Her research expertise spans astrophysics and imaging sciences.  She has demonstrated accomplishments in administrative leadership, teaching, research and public service. She is currently Professor, and Director and School Head at the Chester F. Carlson Centre for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.  For further information on Dr. Baum's achievements, please refer to the appointment notice of June 27, 2014.  For further information on the search process, please refer to Dean Search, Faculty of Science.

Ms. Mary-Jo Romaniuk is currently working on a doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology and holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Her main area of academic interest is leadership development in the library profession. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California and has held positions at the University of Alberta and in the public sector. For more details on Ms. Romaniuk's achievements in library administration, please refer to the appointment notice of June 25, 2014.  Information on the search process can be found at University Librarian Search.

We look forward to Dr. Baum and Ms. Romaniuk joining the University of Manitoba community and extend our congratulations to them both.

 New Teaching and Learning Certificate for UM Faculty

June 30, 2014 - The University of Manitoba's Centre for Advancement of Teaching and Learning has created a new program designed to support and develop the teaching skills of new faculty members.  The new program will support and nurture new faculty at the UofM who are transitioning to teaching at a university level.  The program is aimed at untenured/probationary faculty members in their first five years of teaching at UofM. 

For more information on the certificate program, please visit UM Teaching & Learning Certificate.

 Final Report of the Blended and Online Task Force

June 18, 2014 – In late 2012, Dr. Janice Ristock, Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs) established the Blended and Online Leaning Task Force with Dr. Jeffrey Taylor, Dean of Arts, as Chair.  The task force was asked to take stock of the current state of blended and online learning at the University of Manitoba and to make recommendations regarding future developments in these areas.

Following review and feedback from the University of Manitoba community, the task force has produced and made available a final report on their findings.  The report makes a number of specific recommendations that it hopes will assist the University of Manitoba to develop an ongoing process that enables academic programs – and the academic staff who develop and deliver those programs – to make delivery-mode choices that result in the best possible learning outcomes for our students.

Access the final report to find out more on the findings and recommendations of the Blended and Online Learning Task Force.

Read it now: Blended and Online Learning Task Force Final Report, May 2014

 New Administrative Appointments

March 19, 2014 - On March 18, 2014, the Board of Governors approved the appointment of Dr. Gary Hepburn as Dean, Division of Extended Education, and the extension of the appointment of Dr. David Collins, Vice-Provost (Integrated Planning and Academic Programs).

Dr. Hepburn is currently the Director of Academic Programming and Delivery at the Open Campus, University of West Indies.  He is responsible for the development and delivery of all online programming, serving over 25,000 students in 16 countries.  Dr. Hepburn holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of British Columbia with areas of teaching and scholarly interest focused on educational technology, strategic directions and emerging trends in higher education.  His research has been supported by local, provincial and national sources, including SSHRC.  He is a member of numerous professional organizations and associations and sits on a number of national boards and committees.  Dr. Hepburn's appointment is for five years, effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. Collins has been in the Vice-Provost (Academic Planning & Programs) position since July 2010.  Prior to joining the Provost's Office he was Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy.   Dr. Collins received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota.  His research interests include the influence of human behaviour on the delivery of pharmaceutical and health care services, measurement issues in social and behavioural research, and health outcomes.  He has an extensive background in pharmacy both as a practitioner and educator and has held academic and clinical appointments across the world.  Dr. Collins' appointment has been extended to July 1, 2017.  Notice.

Congratulations to them both. 

 Call for Feedback: Blended and Online Learning Report

January 7, 2014 - Dr. Janice Ristock, Vice Provost (Academic Affairs), established the Blended and Online Learning Task Force in late 2012 with Dr. Jeffery Taylor, Dean of Arts, as Chair. The Task Force has produced a draft report which is now available for review and feedback from the University of Manitoba community.

To review the report, click the report image on the right. For an overview of the report including structure,  guiding principles and recommendations, click here. To provide feedback, visit the Blended and Online Learning Task Force blog.

 VP (Academic) named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women

December 10, 2013 - Dr. Joanne Keselman was among three dedicated UM researchers and administrators named as Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.

The Women's Executive Network Awards celebrate the professional achievements of strong female leaders across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Joan Durrant, Family Social Sciences professor, and Samia Barakat, Associate Dean of Professionalism and Diversity in the Faculty of Medicine, won in the Glencore trailblazers and trendsetters cateory, while Vice-President (Academic) and Provost Joanne Keselman in the public sector leaders category. For further information, click here.

Dr. Joan Durrant, Dr. Samia Barakat, Dr. Joanne Keselman

 Register for Winter Workshops Now!

December 6, 2012 - Winter workshops  for faculty and academic staff are now open for registration.

The "Road to Tenure and Promotion" workshop, offered in January 2014, is directed towards new faculty looking for further information on career progression. The workshop will review the UMFA Collective Agreement, as well as policies and procedures related to tenure and promotion.   Click here for more details as well as for information on how to register.

Teaching workshops are intended for professional development in teaching and learning and are available to sessional instructors, librarians, pre-and tenured faculty members.  For information on registering for the Winter Teaching Workshops 2014 please visit CATL's website.

 Call for Information Technology Proposals, Student (Learning)
 First, Fall 2013

November 25, 2013 - In an effort to align IT resources in an intentional and more prioritized way towards delivering an exceptional student experience, we are issuing a Call for Proposals to solicit IT-related opportunities that you feel would help us achieve that goal.   First launched in Fall 2012, the Student (Learning) First Initiative called to students, faculty and administration for IT project proposals they would like to see implemented around campus.  Over 40 proposals were collected with 15 of these projects identified as having high strategic importance.  These identified projects are currently in progress or near to completion.

Building on the success of the initiative, the project has again put out a call for proposals for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.  Information on submitting a proposal can be found by clicking here.  The deadline for Fall 2013 submissions is December 9, 2013.

  Establishment of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement
  Fund (TLEF)

November 5, 2013 -The Office of the Vice-President (Academic) & Provost is pleased to announce the establishment of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF).  This fund will support projects (ranging from $5,000 - $15,000) that explore new pedagogical approaches (such as blended learning) and the impact on learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, the integration of research and teaching in the classroom, and more. 

For more details on the TLEF guidelines and to access the application form, please click here.  Applications are due in our office no later than Friday, January 31, 2014

Should you have any questions regarding the TLEF or the application process, please contact Janice Ristock, Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs) at

 2013 Outreach Awards

October 9, 2013 - Each year the University of Manitoba honours both support and academic staff who have been active in outreach activities, particularly during the previous year. The 24th Annual Outreach Reception is scheduled for November 13, 2013. Nominations are currently being accepted for the Annual Outreach Awards and the Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award.

Outreach Awards. Deans and Directors are now accepting nominations of support and academic staff who have been active in outreach activities during 2012-2013. Administrative units should send their nominations to their respective Vice-President. For more information please visit the Awards section of the VP (Academic) website. Deadline for Deans, Directors and Vice-Presidents to submit nominations is Friday, October 18, 2013.

Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award.  The Presidential Advisory Committee on University Outreach is now accepting nominations to recognize particularly meritorious service in outreach by academic staff.  For more information and for the nomination form, please visit the Awards section of the VP (Academic) website. Deadline for nominations is Friday, October 18, 2013.

 Congratulations to our Academic Staff

September 27, 2013 - We would like to congratulate all of our academic staff members who were awarded tenure and / or promoted in 2013.  For a complete listing of the academic staff awarded tenure and / or promoted, please click here.

Additionally, the list of Merit Award Recipients for 2012 was announced on September 25th. For a complete list of academic staff who received merit awards for teaching and research, scholarly work and creative activities, click here.

 Register Now for CATL Fall 2013 Teaching and Learning

August 28, 2013 - The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) is now taking registrations for the Fall 2013 Workshops Series.  These workshops focus on topics that help enhance current teaching and learning practices.  For workshop details and registration, please visit CATL's website.

 Appointment of Dean, Faculty of Education

July 8, 2013 - The Board of Governors approved the appointment of Dr. David Mandzuk as Dean of the Faculty of Education for a five-year term effective August 1, 2013. Dr. Mandzuk is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Administration, Foundations and Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba and has been serving as Acting Dean  since September 2012.  Given Dr. Mandzuk's success as an administrative leader, his collaborative approach, and his teaching, research and professional achievements, the Faculty can look forward to continued success under his leadership. We extend our congratulations to Dr. Mandzuk on his appointment of Dean of the Faculty of Education. For further information please refer to the appointment announcement dated July 8, 2013.

 Call for Nominations, 2013 3M National Teaching Fellowships

May 14, 2013 - Nominations are now being requested for the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowships. These awards are by far among the most prestigious awards recognizing teaching excellence as well as educational leadership in Canada.  Previous UM recipients include Jack R. London (Law, 1987), Beverly J. Cameron (Economics, 1991), Norman E. Cameron (Economics, 1994), M.G. (Ron) Britton (Engineering, 1995) and Donald W. Trim (Mathematics, 1997).

Preparation of the nomination for a 3M award involves considerable time and effort.  Dr. Janice Ristock, Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs), and Dr. Mark Torchia, Director, University Teaching Services, are both available to assist with the process.  For more information on the nomination process, please refer to the 3M National Teaching Fellowship website as well as the 3M Teaching Fellowships memorandum from Dr. Janice Ristock dated May 1, 2013.  The internal deadline for nominations is Friday, August 23, 2013.

 Appointment of Dean, Faculty of Social Work

April 2, 2013 - At its March 19, 2013 meeting, the Board of Governors approved the appointment of Dr. James Mulvale as Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, effective July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018.  Dr. Mulvale is currently an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Regina with a primary scholarly interest in the area of social welfare policy.  His teaching expertise spans across social work, sociology, labour studies and social psychology.  He contributes significantly to professional associations and organizations and has been an active participant on various policy and governance committees at the departmental, faculty and university levels. Given Dr. Mulvale's demonstrated success as an administrative leader, his collaborative approach, and his teaching and research achievements, the Faculty can look forward to a promising future under his leadership. We extend our congratulations to Dr. Mulvale on his appointment of Dean and look forward to welcoming him to the University of Manitoba.  For more details on the appointment please refer to the appointment announcement of March 20th, 2013.  For further information on the search process, please click here.

 Call for Feedback: Blended and Online Learning at the
 University of Manitoba

March 22, 2013 - The Blended and Online Learning Task Force has been struck to identify current practices and to develop recommendations for a university-wide approach to blended and online learning. The task force is seeking community input for determining how the University of  Manitoba  moves forward in this area.. Visit the Blended Learning Task Force blog to review the task force's work to date and to contribute to the conversation by leaving your comments and feedback. For more information on the task force, please refer to the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost's Working Groups web page.

 Re-appointment of Director, School of Art

January 30, 2013 - We are pleased to announce the approval of the re-appointment of Prof. Paul Hess as Director of the School of Art.  We look forward to continuing to work with Prof. Hess to advance the interests of the school.  Prof. Hess' term will run from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2019. For information on Decanal Searches and Re-appointment Reviews, please click here.    

 Re-appointment of Dean, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of
 Environment, Earth & Resources

January 30, 2013 - We are pleased to announce the approval of the re-appointment of Dr. Norman Halden as Dean of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources.  We look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Halden to advance the interests of the faculty.  Dr. Halden's term will run from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2019.  For information on Decanal Searches and Re-appointment Reviews, please click here.

 Establishment of Communication Guidelines for External
 Accreditation Reviews

January 18, 2013 - Last week, Senate approved the establishment of a set of guidelines for the communication of external accreditation reviews of academic programs.  The objective of the recommendations is to increase the consistency in broadcasting the results of external accreditation reviews across the University and to move towards an increased transparency with respect to these reviews.  For more information on these guidelines, as well as a list of the University's accredited programs, please visit our Program Accreditation webpage. 

 New Faculty Welcomed to the University of Manitoba

Dr. Fiona Moola, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Dr. Lisa Lix, Department of Community Health Sciences
Ms. Donna Sikorsky, E.K. Williams Law Library

Mr. Paul Messing, Department of Biological Sciences
Ms. Karin James, Department of German and Slavic Studies
Dr. Andrea Charron, Department of Political Studies
Dr. Julie Gibbings, Department of History
Dr. Chuang Deng, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Dr. Danielle Dubois, Department of Religion
Prof. Alyssa Schwann, Environmental Design Program
Dr. Royce Koop, Department of Political Studies
Dr. Kateryn Rochon, Department of Entomology
Dr. Genevieve Ali, Department of Geological Sciences

 University of Manitoba Faculty Listed in Women's Executive
 Network's 2012 Top 100 Most Powerful Women

December 5, 2012 - Two University of Manitoba researchers, Dr. Janice Ristock and Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, have earned a spot on the Women's Executive Network's 2012 list of Canada's Most Powerful Women. Ristock's work on gender and sexuality has changed society's view of domestic abuse. Rockman-Greenberg was the driving force behind the opening of the first lab in Winnipeg for the diagnosis of genetic disease with DNA testing.  More... 

 Calling for Applications for the 2013 Alan Blizzard Award

December 4, 2012 - The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) is calling for applications for the 2013 Alan Blizzard Award. The Alan Blizzard Award was established to encourage, identify and publicly recognize those whose exemplary collaboration in university teaching enhances student learning.  The award seeks to make visible and disseminate scholarship of teaching and learning, based on values and practices of collaborative teaching.  Guidelines and application drop box can be found at the STLHE website.  More...  

 2013-2014 Strategic Resource Planning Process

November 22, 2012 - Responsibility for the strategic resource planning process is shifting from the Office of the Vice-President (Administration) to the Office of the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost.  For the 2013-2014 period,  the planning process will involve the participation of both offices.  For further details on the planning process and access to the 2013-2014 SRP templates, please refer to the Resource Planning website and the memorandum from Dr. Joanne Keselman, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost, and Mr. Paul Kochan, Vice-President (Administration), dated November 22, 2012.

 2012 Campbell Outreach Award Recipient

November 22, 2012 - The recipient of the 2012 Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award is Dr. Dean Kriellaars, Associate Professor in Physical Therapy, School of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine.  The honour is awarded to a university staff member who demonstrated unquestionable meritorious service in outreach activities.  Kriellaars has dedicated himself to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and physical activity, educating youth on the benefits of these at both the local and national levels.  More...

 Health Sciences Academic Structure Initiative Update

November 15, 2012 - A Health Sciences Academic Structure Initiative Town Hall was held today for all faculty, staff and students within the health sciences area to present options for consideration, and invite discussion and initial feedback.  For a copy of the town hall presentation and further information on the Academic Structure Initiative, please click here.

 Call for Information Technology Proposals, Student
 (Learning) First

November 15, 2012 -  Committed to delivering an exceptional student experience, the University of Manitoba strives to provide students with the resources and opportunities needed to succeed.  To help achieve this goal, the university is putting out a call for information technology-related proposals to improve on the student experience.  The proposal deadline is 4 p.m. CDT on January 17th, 2013 with the goal to have a set of first prioritized proposals ready for review by the end of January.  For further details on the initiative and proposal process, please visit the Call for Proposals website.

 New Copyright Guidelines

November 8, 2012 - The University of Manitoba is pleased to announce that positive changes have occurred regarding copyright which will support teaching and research at our institution.  The revised Copyright Act and Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada's (AUCC) release of new, more liberal, Fair Dealing Guidelines will be adopted by the University of Manitoba.  These changes will support instructors using copyrighted content in their teaching and research.  For details on the changes and how they impact you, please visit our Copyright Office website by clicking here, or contact the Copyright Officer at