Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Leadership Team

Steven Dew, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Steven Dew was appointed Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Alberta as of July 1, 2015. In his first year as Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Steve led the institutional strategic planning process with the president resulting in For the Public Good.

An experienced administrator, and award-winning professor and researcher, Steve held the position of Associate Dean (Research and Planning) in the Faculty of Engineering since 1999, and a professor in electrical and computer engineering since completing his PhD in electrical engineering at the U of A in 1992. He also holds BASc (1987) and MASc (1989) degrees in engineering physics from the University of British Columbia.

With research expertise in the areas of nanofabrication, Dew has published more than 175 papers including being co-editor of the book, Nanofabrication Techniques and Principles (2011). He is a recipient of the Killam Annual Professorship, the McCalla Professorship and the Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence, as well as being a three-time recipient of the Faculty of Engineering Teaching Award.

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

Tammy Hopper, Vice-Provost (Programs)

Tammy Hopper was appointed to the position of Vice-Provost (Programs) in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), effective January 1, 2017. As Vice-Provost (Programs), Tammy is responsible for liaising with Faculties and with the Ministry of Advanced Education on academic program proposals and will provide key leadership on academic initiatives.

Tammy is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and is a registered speech-language pathologist. Her research program is focused on interventions for cognitive and communication disorders associated with dementia. Her previous administrative duties include the positions of Vice-Dean and Associate-Dean (Graduate Studies and Research) in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

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

Sarah Forgie, Vice-Provost (Learning Initiatives)

Sarah Forgie is the Vice-Provost (Learning Initiatives), providing leadership to teaching and learning initiatives at the University of Alberta, including oversight to the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and chairing the GFC Committee on the Learning Environment. Leading into this position, Sarah co-chaired the Provost’s Digital Learning Committee, and in 2015, she served as a Provostial Fellow, conducting a qualitative analysis of faculty development through centres for teaching and learning at research-intensive universities.

Sarah received a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Toronto, and completed her MD and specialty training at the University of Manitoba. She joined the University of Alberta in the Department of Pediatrics in 2003 where she is currently a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and a Pediatric Infectious Diseases Physician at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Sarah continues to teach students at all levels in the MD program and she is widely recognized for her innovative approaches to medical education. She has received numerous teaching awards including the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the McCalla Professorship and the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.  In 2014 she completed a Master’s in Education in Health Sciences Education (MEd in HSE) from the University of Alberta.

Sarah’s research bridges infectious diseases and education, and in her new role in the Provost’s Office she is exploring innovative methods to promote evidence based teaching and learning to improve the student experience at the University of Alberta.

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-2280

Randy Goebel, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Associate Vice President (Academic)

As Associate Vice President (Research) and Associate Vice President (Academic), R.G. (Randy) Goebel provides leadership to the administration of centres and institutes at the University of Alberta and is a member of the senior leadership teams of both the Academic and Research portfolios. A professor of Computing Science and principle investigator in the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII), Randy received the B.Sc. (Computer Science) from the University of Regina, M.Sc. (Computing Science) from the University of Alberta, and Ph.D. (Computer Science) from the University of British Columbia.

Randy's theoretical work on abduction, hypothetical reasoning and belief revision is internationally well known, and his recent application of practical belief revision and constraint programming  to scheduling, layout, and web mining is now having industrial impact. His recent research is focused on the formalization of visualization, with applications in several application areas including web mining, optimization, natural language processing, legal reasoning, precision health, and intelligent transportation.

Randy has previously held faculty appointments at the University of Waterloo, University of Tokyo, Multimedia University (Kuala Lumpur), Hokkaido University (Sapporo), visiting researcher engagements at National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo), DFKI (Germany), and NICTA (now Data61, in Australia), and is actively involved in collaborative  research projects in Canada, Japan, China, and Germany.

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-2280

Mike MacGregor, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Information Services and Technology) 

As Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President of Information Services and Technology (IST), M.H. (Mike) MacGregor provides leadership to IST in support of the University’s strategic plan, particularly as it relates to teaching and learning, research and administration. 

Also a professor in the Department of Computing Science, his current research interests are in architectures and algorithms for wireless sensor networks. He received a Ph.D. in Computing Science from the University of Alberta in 1991 for his dissertation on self traffic-engineering networks, the research for which was conducted at TRLabs. Dr. MacGregor has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta since 1980, and has over fifteen years of industrial experience in the areas of broadband Internet service architectures, optical switching, and real-time process control. He is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and Institute of Electronics Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE).

E-mail: | Phone: 780-492-8087 | Information Services and Technology

Michelle Strong, Director (Faculty and Staff Relations)

As Director (Faculty and Staff 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 and Staff Relations. 

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

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

Dr. Huang first joined the University of Alberta in 2009. Since January 2018, she has served as the Executive Director (International Partnerships) and Associate Vice-President (International Advancement); before that, she held the position of Executive Director of International Relations and Recruitment and Assistant Vice-President (International). In these roles, Dr. Huang has led the development of strategic international initiatives and international advancement activities for the University, and has championed the University of Alberta’s engagement in China. Dr. Huang has 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. 

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

Melissa Padfield, Interim Vice Provost and University Registrar

As Interim 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: | 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 (Learning Services) 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


Debby Burshtyn, Interim Vice-Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Dr. Burshtyn has been Vice-Dean of FGSR since July 1, 2016, following her service as an Associate Dean in the Faculty from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.  As Vice-Dean, she has led quality assurance processes for graduate programs and advocated for the articulation of learning outcomes for graduate programs, two initiatives designed to effect long-term positive change on graduate students’ learning experiences. Debby played an important role in the recent review of academic governance, worked extensively with Faculties and Departments on the development of new program proposals, led policy changes affecting graduate programs and graduate students, and supported the implementation of strategic initiatives for FGSR. 

Debby is a Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Adjunct in Medical Genetics. She was recruited to University of Alberta in 1999 as an AHFMR Scholar and awarded the Lougheed Fellowship (CIHR). She holds editorial roles for The Journal of Immunology and Frontiers in Immunology and serves regularly as reviewer and scientific officer at CIHR. She provided national leadership in immunology as a Counsellor of the Canadian Society for Immunology, a node lead of the CIHR Human Immunology Network and is an associate of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program. She currently supervises three graduate students as part of her research program in the area of innate immune receptor genetics and the response to virus infection.