Prof. Ollivier Dyens, Deputy Provost (Student Life & Learning)
Professor Ollivier Dyens was appointed McGill’s second Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) for a five-year term effective September 1, 2013.
As Deputy Provost, Professor Dyens serves as a central liaison between the University's senior administration, Senate, faculties, and student societies, with the goal of advancing quality student life and learning at all levels inside and outside the classroom. The Deputy Provost oversees Student Services, Teaching and Learning Services, Athletics and Recreation, Residences and Housing, Food and Dining Services, Enrolment Services, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Office of the Deputy Provost.
Most recently, Professor Dyens served as Concordia University’s Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), where he was responsible for curriculum development and the promotion of teaching and learning. As Vice-Provost, he also redesigned Concordia’s academic program-appraisal process and oversaw Concordia’s e.SCAPE conference on technology-integrated teaching. He served as a professor in the French Department at Concordia and has also taught at Sainte-Anne University in Nova Scotia and at Louisiana State University. He has been appointed a full Professor of French language and literature at McGill and is a member of Quebec’s Conseil Supérieur de l’Éducation. Professor Dyens has been awarded more than $2.8 million in research funding as a principal investigator or collaborator over the course of his career and has lectured in Europe, the United States and Canada.
Professor Dyens holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a Masters and Ph.D. from Université de Montréal. He is an award-winning author of 11 books among those La Condition inhumaine, essai sur l’effoi technologique published in France by Flammarion and Metal and Flesh, The Evolution of Man, Technology Takes Over, published by MIT Press whose French version (VLB Éditeur) was awarded Best Essay by the Société des Écrivains Canadiens. He is also an artist, a poet and the founder of three websites dedicated to the study of cyberculture: Metal and Flesh (1998-2003), Continent X (http://www.continentx.uqam.ca), and The Inhuman Condition (http://theinhumancondition.org). His digital artwork has been exhibited in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Venezuela, and the United States.
As Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning), Ollivier Dyens will pursue the development of a campus-wide learning environment that will extend to all activities related to Student Life and Learning. The ultimate goal of Student Life and Learning at McGill is to create the best, healthiest, and most stimulating environment possible for students to succeed.