Brock has appointed leader and expert in inclusive and authentic pedagogies Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani as its new Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning.
Jhangiani currently serves as Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, where he has been recognized for his work in and commitment to making education more open and equitable. Jhangiani’s practice and scholarship focuses on open educational practices, student-centred pedagogies and ethical approaches to educational technology.
At Brock, Jhangiani will provide vision, leadership and support for all aspects of the scholarship of teaching and learning, including supporting initiatives around educational technologies and implementing pedagogical innovations and best practices.
Jhangiani will be appointed to the Department of Educational Studies, with a cross-appointment to Psychology.
“I am thrilled to be joining an institution renowned across the country for its innovative approach to teaching and learning,” says Jhangiani. “Brock’s commitment to providing students with the best possible education — and using novel approaches and tools to do so — makes it a true leader in this space. I can’t wait to join the team and continue building on this great tradition of teaching excellence.”
The Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning provides strategic oversight for the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, the institutional teaching and learning centre, which collaborates with academic units and faculty members to promote best practices in pedagogy, as well as the Co-op, Career and Experiential Education team.
The role also oversees the promotion of equity in learning, advancing universal design for learning, the accessibility of course material for those living with disabilities, and compliance with the province’s accessibility laws.
Madelyn Law, who has served as Associate Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning, will complete her term on June 30.
“I want to thank Madelyn for her exemplary work in this important role, especially during the exceptionally difficult conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Lynn Wells, Provost and Vice-President, Academic. “Her leadership has been key to helping Brock continue to advance in this space and build on its tradition of excellence in teaching and learning.”
Jhangiani’s term will begin on Aug. 1.