Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic Leadership Team


Steven Dew, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Following the unanimous recommendation of the Advisory Review Committee, the Board of Governors approved the renewal of Dr. Steven Dew for a second five-year term as Provost and Vice-President (Academic) effective July 1, 2020.

In his first term as provost, Steve played an instrumental role in envisioning and creating the university’s strategic plan, For the Public Good. He has since advanced many of the plan’s strategic objectives in collaboration with members of the senior team, including establishing the U of A’s first signature areas of teaching and research; developing and launching both the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Strategic Plan and the International Strategic Plan; and appointing the U of A’s first Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming and Research). His leadership was likewise essential to the development of the U of A’s budget model, and to our efforts to eliminate the structural deficit in the university’s operating budget.

During his first term, Steve oversaw the university’s response to some of the most dramatic changes in government policy in the institution’s history, helping us to navigate a new labour relations environment, significant changes to tuition and fees, and the ongoing introduction of a performance-based provincial funding model. Against this backdrop, he has focused on building a culture of trust and collaboration, working closely with deans and other portfolios to advance the institution’s goals. He also led successful searches for 12 new deans during this period.

In his second term, Steve will continue to lead significant change to the U of A’s academic portfolio, particularly as we reimagine our academic structure in light of the province’s upcoming post-secondary education system review and ongoing changes to the funding model for post-secondary education. Working closely with deans and government, he will advocate for the University of Alberta’s fundamental role in rebuilding and diversifying our province’s economy, addressing the enrolment surge already working through Alberta’s K-12 system, and navigating other challenges that may lie ahead.

Steve’s dedication and commitment to the U of A are beyond question. He brings the highest standard of integrity to everything he does to advance the mission of the University of Alberta, and to bolster the wellbeing and prosperity of our city and province.

Steve has held a faculty position at the U of A since 1992 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research is in the field of nanotechnology. "

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-3443



Wendy M. Rodgers, Deputy Provost

Wendy Rodgers was appointed Deputy Provost in July 2015. As Deputy Provost, she leads key strategic initiatives with organizational-wide impact and provides advice and direction on academic issues affecting the University. Wendy has a long history of administrative and governance roles within the University. Wendy is the institutional lead on Indigenous Initiatives and the University's quality assurance process.

Wendy is also full professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Wendy studies social cognitive theories as they relate to behavior change in varying context with a particular focus on exercise rehabilitation settings. Her work concerns how individual level motivational characteristics relate to intentions to increase exercise behavior in consideration of contextual influences that might both impede or support translating those intentions into behavior. Wendy has an extensive publication and funding record.

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-2677



John Nychka, Vice-Provost (Learning Initiatives)

Dr. Nychka is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. He was previously Associate Chair (Undergraduate Programs) in that department and most recently served as Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

In his new role as Vice-Provost (Learning Initiatives), Dr. Nychka will lead the advancement of many of the University's initiatives related to the learning environment, in areas that include experiential learning, awards for faculty excellence, blended and digital learning, and the assessment and evaluation of teaching.

His main teaching interest is the design of authentic learning opportunities for students as they transition to becoming context-dependent knowledge creators and practitioners. He favours the use of messy and open-ended problems to promote synthesis of existing knowledge and the development of judgement and metacognition in his learners at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Nychka received his formal training in metallurgical engineering (B.Sc. 1997, University of Alberta, Co-op with Distinction), materials science & engineering (M.Eng. 1999, McMaster University), and materials (Ph.D. 2004, University of California Santa Barbara). His research interests are in the failure of materials, creating bioactive glass scaffolds for bone tissue repair, and interdisciplinary research involving the application of materials science and engineering concepts in a variety of fields ranging from cryobiology to wildlife ecology to textiles.

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-2280


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Janice Causgrove Dunn, Vice-Provost (Programs)

Dr. Causgrove Dunn is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, where her teaching focus for the last few years has been on the redesign and delivery of the Professional Practicum seminars for students completing their work-integrated learning requirement. Her primary research focus is in the area of Adapted Physical Activity, examining the links between psychosocial factors, motivation and behavior of children living with disability. A secondary research interest is perfectionism in sport.

In her new role as Vice-Provost (Programs), Janice will be responsible for liaising with Faculties and with the Ministry of Advanced Education on academic program proposals and will provide key leadership on academic initiatives.

Previous to her current role Janice held appointments as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (July 2018-June 2021) with strategic portfolios in Governance and Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness, and Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation (July 2007-June 2010 and July 2011-June 2018).

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-2280


Michelle Strong, Director (Faculty Relations)

As Director (Faculty Relations), Michelle advises and provides strategic counsel to the Provost and senior administrators on human resource issues affecting academic staff. She is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that support and sustain collaborative relations with the Association of Academic Staff, University of Alberta (AASUA) and for leading the strategic implementation of labour-related initiatives at the University.

Michelle has over 19 years of professional labour relations and human resources experience in both management and union roles, and is skilled in collaborative approaches to conflict resolution. Since joining the University of Alberta in 2011, Michelle has served as Senior Faculty Relations Officer and Director, Faculty Relations.

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-6493 | Faculty and Staff Relations



Cen Huang, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International)

Dr. Huang first joined the University of Alberta in 2009. Before serving as Interim Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International) in 2018-19, Dr. Huang held the positions of Executive Director (International Partnerships) and Associate Vice-President (International Advancement), and Executive Director of International Relations and Recruitment and Assistant Vice-President (International). She has been responsible for the development and implementation of a number of key strategic initiatives for the international portfolio. Most recently, Dr. Huang has provided leadership in the development, consultation, and approval of the University of Alberta's new International Strategic Plan.

Dr. Huang is a recognized leader in international education, both in Canada and abroad, and holds a PhD in Comparative Education from the University of Calgary and Master's degrees in Education Philosophy and University Administration from the University of Glasgow. Dr. Huang has taught many academic courses in Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and China, and has also published four books and more than 30 book chapters and journal articles.

Dr. Huang is committed to working with faculties and units across all campuses to implement the university's international strategy, and lead UAI as a central service unit supporting the university and faculties in internationalization.

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-2958 | University of Alberta International



Melissa Padfield, Vice Provost and University Registrar

As Vice-Provost and University Registrar, Melissa Padfield has oversight to undergraduate student recruitment, admissions, and enrolment management; tuition and other student fees; student financial support; official student records, including transcripts and parchments; and a broad range of enrolment-related student services. The Office of the Registrar is also responsible for ceremonies and events, including graduation ceremonies; class and examination scheduling; and student information systems development.

Melissa joined the University of Alberta in 2006 and has held roles within the Dean of Students portfolio and Faculty of Arts before joining the Office of the Registrar in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a certificate in Globalization and Governance from the University of Alberta (2003) and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria (2005). Melissa also completed the Certificate in University and College Administration from the Centre for Higher Education Research & Development at the University of Manitoba (2015).

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-3723 | Office of the Registrar


André Costopoulos, Vice-Provost and Dean of Students

André Costopoulos, PhD, joined the University of Alberta as Vice-Provost and Dean of Students in July, 2016. In this capacity, André provides leadership to the Dean of Students portfolio in creating, maintaining, and extending a positive, safe, and enriching experience for all undergraduate and graduates students at the University of Alberta.

Born and raised in Montreal, André holds a BA (Hons) in anthropology from McGill, an MSc in anthropology from the Université de Montréal and a PhD in archeology from the University of Oulu, Finland. He began his career in 1999 as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Eastern Connecticut State University. In 2001, he joined McGill as a research associate and sessional instructor in the Department of Anthropology and joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2003. From 2012 - 2016, he served as McGill's Dean of Students.

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-4145 | Office of the Dean of Students


Dale Askey, Vice-Provost (Library and Museums) and Chief Librarian

Dale Askey was appointed Vice Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian on August 15, 2018. In this role, he provides leadership and direction for the Libraries (including the University of Alberta Press), Museums and Collections, Copyright Office, Campus Bookstore, and the Technology Training Centre.

Prior to arriving in Alberta, Dale was the Associate University Librarian for Library & Learning Technologies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he also occupied the role of Administrative Director of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. He has also worked at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Utah, Yale University, Kansas State University, and the University of Applied Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, teaching in the latter's library science, publishing, and museum studies programs. He holds a BA in German from Colorado College, an MA in German from Washington University, an MLIS from the University of Missouri, and a PhD from the Humboldt University in Berlin, where his dissertation investigated the cultural life of the post-expulsion German minority in the Czech and Slovak Republics.

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-5170 | Learning Services


Brooke Milne, Vice-Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Dr. Brooke Milne is the Vice-Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Milne's passion for research and graduate education stems from her own work as a graduate student, a supervisor, as well as from an extensive record of graduate administrative leadership. She has demonstrated her commitment to students and their success, as well as an outstanding ability to build interdisciplinary bridges and partnerships, and foster links between teaching and learning.

As Associate Dean at the University of Manitoba, she worked across disciplines to oversee a large and diverse portfolio of academic units. In addition, programs based at the Université de Sainte-Boniface and four Joint Master's Programs with the University of Winnipeg were under her leadership. Prior to becoming Associate Dean with the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Graduate Studies in 2016, Dr. Milne served as Anthropology Graduate Program Chair from 2011 to 2013.

Dr. Milne is an archaeological anthropologist specializing in the analysis of stone tool remains that were made and used by the earliest human populations to live in the Arctic. She received her BA (Hons Anthropology) from the University of Waterloo, MA (Anthropology) from Trent University, and PhD (Anthropology) from McMaster University. She was a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario prior to joining the University of Manitoba in 2006.

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-2888 | Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research


Florence Glanfield, Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming and Research)

Dr. Glanfield comes to the Vice-Provost position from her previous role as Professor and Chair of the Department of Secondary Education in the Faculty of Education, where her primary areas of scholarship include mathematics teacher education, Aboriginal curriculum perspectives, and relational research methodologies. She is an Affiliated Faculty member with the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development.

Dr. Glanfield is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. She has significant experience working with Indigenous communities, provincially, nationally, and internationally through research, teaching, and language revitalization projects, and has also built relationships and collaborated with many Indigenous groups within the university.

In her role as Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming and Research), Dr. Glanfield will lead development, consultation, and approval of the Indigenous Strategic Plan in support of the objectives articulated in For the Public Good, build and nurture positive relationships with Indigenous communities, support the work of Faculties and Departments to Indigenize curricula across programs, and foster a supportive environment for Indigenous faculty, students, and staff.

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-6492