Appointment of a New Education Dean (2024)

From the Office of the President:

(Français a suivre.)

On behalf of Provost and Executive Vice-President (Academic) Christopher Manfredi, I am pleased to also announce the appointment of Professor Vivek Venkatesh as the new Dean of the Faculty of Education. This follows an extensive, international search conducted by the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the Dean of the Faculty of Education. The McGill University Board of Governors accepted the Committee’s recommendation during its meeting held on April 25, 2024. Prof. Venkatesh’s five-year, renewable term will begin on June 1, 2024, and end on May 31, 2029.  

Prof. Venkatesh is an internationally recognized researcher and research-creator who holds the UNESCO Co-Chair in Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism. He is as an innovative educator, artist and applied learning scientist with nearly 20 years of service. He is currently a professor of Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts and Chair of the Department of Art Education at Concordia University, where he has also served as Associate Dean at its School of Graduate Studies for two terms. In addition, he is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, a multi- and inter-disciplinary centre made up of more than 50 researchers, a dozen professional staff, and several hundred students.  

Prof. Venkatesh has been awarded more than $10 million in external funding as principal or co-principal investigator and has published more than 70 peer-reviewed scholarly pieces. Among the most prominent of his pedagogical initiatives is “Project SOMEONE” (Social Media Education Everyday), a multi-media online platform devoted to the reduction of hate and violent extremism. 

Prof. Venkatesh earned both a PhD and MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore. 

Please join me in congratulating Prof. Venkatesh on his new appointment and welcoming him to McGill this summer. In addition, I would like to thank Prof. Victoria Talwar for serving as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Education since August 2023. Thanks are also due to the members of the Advisory Committee and to everyone in the community who shared their comments and advice during the search process. 


Deep Saini

President and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University

Nomination du nouveau doyen de la Faculté des sciences de l’éducation

Au nom de Christopher Manfredi, provost et vice-recteur principal aux études, j’ai aussi le plaisir d’annoncer la nomination du professeur Vivek Venkatesh à titre de doyen de la Faculté des sciences de l’éducation. Cette nomination fait suite à un processus rigoureux de recrutement mené à l’échelle internationale par le Comité consultatif pour la sélection du (de la) doyen(ne) de la Faculté des sciences de l’éducation. Le Conseil des gouverneurs de l’Université McGill a accepté la recommandation du Comité lors de sa réunion du 25 avril 2024. D’une durée de cinq ans et renouvelable, le mandat du professeur Venkatesh débutera le 1er juin 2024 et se terminera le 31 mai 2029.

Chercheur et chercheur‑créateur de renommée internationale, le professeur Venkatesh est co‑titulaire de la Chaire UNESCO en prévention de la radicalisation et de l’extrémisme violents. Enseignant, artiste et scientifique de l’apprentissage appliqué, il fait preuve d’innovation dans chacun de ces rôles depuis près de 20 ans. Il est actuellement professeur de pratiques inclusives en arts visuels au Département d’éducation artistique, qu’il dirige, à l’Université Concordia, où il a aussi occupé le poste de vice-doyen de l’École des études supérieures pendant deux mandats. Il est codirecteur du Centre d’études sur l’apprentissage et la performance, lieu multidisciplinaire et interdisciplinaire qui réunit plus d’une cinquantaine de chercheurs(‑euses), plus d’une douzaine de professionnel(le)s et plusieurs centaines d’étudiant(e)s.

Le professeur Venkatesh a reçu au-dessus de 10 millions de dollars en financement externe à titre de chercheur ou cochercheur principal, et a publié au-delà de 70 articles savants jugés par des pairs. Parmi ses initiatives pédagogiques les plus remarquables, mentionnons le Projet SOMEONE (Social Media Education Everyday), plateforme multimédia en ligne vouée à la désescalade de la haine et de l’extrémisme violent.

Le professeur Venkatesh est titulaire d’un doctorat et d’une maîtrise en technologie éducative de l’Université Concordia, d’un diplôme d’études supérieures en éducation du National Institute of Education de l’Université de technologie de Nanyang à Singapour, et d’un baccalauréat en informatique de l’Université nationale de Singapour.

Au nom de la communauté mcgilloise, je félicite le professeur Venkatesh pour sa nomination et lui souhaite la bienvenue à l’Université McGill cet été. Je tiens en outre à remercier la professeure Victoria Talwar d’avoir assuré l’intérim au décanat de la Faculté des sciences de l’éducation depuis août 2023. Enfin, je remercie également les membres du Comité consultatif et tous les membres de la communauté mcgilloise qui nous ont fait part de leurs commentaires et conseils au cours du processus de recrutement.


Deep Saini

Recteur et vice-chancelier, Université McGill

Appointment of a New Education Dean (2024)


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