Re-Appointment of Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Thursday, June 3, 2021

On June 3 the following email was sent to All Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows


To: All Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

From: James W.E. Rush, Vice-President, Academic & Provost 

Date: June 3, 2021

Subject: Re-Appointment of Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs


Further to my announcement of the nomination process and committee of 1 April 2021, I am pleased to announce the re-appointment of Professor Jeff Casello as Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs for a three-year term commencing 1 July 2021. 

Casello is Professor in the School of Planning and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and previously to assuming his current role also served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Environment.

In considering Professor Casello’s reappointment, the nominating committee consulted widely with members of the University community and received input from students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, faculty, Faculty deans and associate deans, members of Executive Council and other senior administrators

There was very strong support for Professor Casello’s re-appointment from stakeholders.  Jeff’s leadership of GSPA during his first term was recognized as transformational including shepherding the transformation of the former Graduate Studies Office into the Graduates Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs portfolio. His leadership has focused on greater coordination across campus, and on the development of a number of programs, processes, and resources in support of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, their advisors and programs. The re-appointment of Jeff Casello received very strong support from the stakeholder consultations and from the nominating committee.

I wish to add my own support for Professor Casello’s appointment, to congratulate him, and to thank him for agreeing to serve in this important role.

I would also like to thank the members of the nominating committee: Sheila Ager, David Billedeau, David DeVidi, Adam Kolkiewicz, Lili Liu, Cathy Newell Kelly, Chris Read, Marianne Simm, and Mary Wells.

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