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Announcement of appointment of new Vice-Provost & Dean, Graduate Studies

Announcement of appointment of new Vice-Provost & Dean, Graduate Studies

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to inform the York community that we have successfully concluded the search for the next Vice-Provost & Dean, Graduate Studies.

The search committee, chaired by Provost and Vice-President Academic Lisa Philipps and comprised of graduate-affiliated faculty, staff and students from across the university, undertook a thorough internal search process which attracted excellent candidates. On June 27, the Board of Governors concurred with my recommendation that Dr. Alice MacLachlan be appointed to the position of Vice-Provost & Dean, Graduate Studies for an initial period of five years, commencing on July 1, 2023.

Dr. MacLachlan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, where she has been a faculty member since 2007. An experienced graduate supervisor with an established scholarly record and an active interdisciplinary research agenda, Dr. MacLachlan has served two terms as Graduate Program Director for Philosophy and is a full member of the Graduate Faculty at York. She has also taken on academic and administrative leadership roles beyond the Department of Philosophy, including serving for two years as chair of SexGen York, a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Human Rights, and two terms as Chair of the LA&PS Petitions Committee.

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Dr. Alice MacLachlan

Dr. MacLachlan’s research considers apologies and moral repair; civility and injustice; and family ethics, focusing especially on LGBTQ+ families, also looking at the broader politics of sexuality. She is Co-Editor of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, has published widely in the top journals in her field and, alongside her scholarly research, has contributed extensively to public conversations about philosophical research on television, radio, newspapers and other media. Her current SSHRC-funded research project is entitled Civility and Solidarity.

With extensive administrative service experience in the Department of Philosophy, at York University and in her profession, Dr. MacLachlan was honoured in 2017 with the York LA&PS Award for Distinction in Research, Emerging Researcher Category, and was awarded a York-Massey Fellowship in 2013 and the President’s University Teaching Award in 2011. She is committed to the scholarly and professional mentorship of graduate students and has developed extensive resources and offered many programs to foster their success inside and beyond the academy.

I would like to thank the members of the search committee for their contributions to this important process. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Thomas Loebel, who has ably served the role of Dean and AVP, the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the past five years.

I look forward to working with Dr. MacLachlan as she brings her energy and expertise to this important role. I hope that all members of the York University community will join me in congratulating and welcoming her as a core member of the University’s academic leadership team as the Faculty of Graduate Studies continues to lead in the advocacy for and training of graduate and postdoctoral students and studies in Canada and internationally.

Please share this announcement with your colleagues as appropriate.


Rhonda Lenton

President & Vice-Chancellor   

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