(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)--Capilano University has announced Dr. Richard Gale as its new vice-president academic and provost, becoming the University’s second provost since being designated a teaching-focused University in 2008.
In making the announcement on behalf of the University, its board and senate, Capilano University President and Vice-Chancellor Kris Bulcroft said that Gale brings to the role many years of experience working with colleges and universities throughout the world in building best practices in teaching and learning.
“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Gale to the campus community.His extensive experience and vision will help forge the way for Capilano University to become nationally and internationally recognized as a learner-centred university that meets the needs of tomorrow’s learners and communities.”
The vice-president academic and provost is responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership to the University ensuring an outstanding learning experience for students. Among Gale’s priorities will be guiding the academic planning process, working collaboratively across the University in the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic academic plan. This plan will set the stage for Capilano University to advance a number of strategic priorities related to student learning and community engagement.
“Richard will be instrumental in Capilano U continuing to advance our university-level programming with a distinctive learner-focused manner which has become a hallmark of our institution and foundation on which we can build for future success and the success of our students,” Bulcroft added.
A nine-member search committee from across the campus community provided input into the selection process.
About Dr. Richard Gale
Gale spent five years at Calgary’s Mount Royal University, first in the capacity of visiting scholar, and then as the founding director of Mount Royal’s Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and tenured full professor in the Department of General Education.
Previously he served in B.C. as a visiting scholar at Royal Roads University in Victoria and New Westminster’s Douglas College.
He holds a PhD in Theatre History from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Arts in Drama from San Jose State University.
From 2002 to 2007, he served as senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he was director of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Higher Education Program and one of the principal architects of the Integrative Learning Project
Since 2000, Gale has focused his research activities on how faculty and administrators understand and improve student learning from a scholarly, evidence-based perspective. He has worked with colleges and universities across Canada and the United States, helping them see learning in a new way.
Over his career he has taught courses in theatre history and theory, playwriting and critical pedagogy, American history and general education.
He is a playwright, dramaturg, outdoor enthusiast, art aficionado and collector of first edition books thanks to an early career as a bookseller. Raised in San Francisco amongst a family of educators and activists, he has strong West Coast roots. He has a five-year-old son, and he and his fiancée will shortly be joined in B.C. by one of her two sons who will be pursuing a degree in Capilano University’s Liberal Studies program.
“Capilano University has the unique opportunity of re-imagining what a university education is supposed to be and do, building on student learning first and foremost with an eye to making change in a complex world. It is a true twenty-first century university, with innovative faculty, outstanding staff and, some of the most thoughtful and committed students I have ever seen. I can’t wait to work with this community, and to help make Cap’s vision a reality,” Gale commented.
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