Randy Boyagoda is a professor in the Department of English, and most recently principal and vice-president of the University of St. Michael’s College, where he held the Basilian Chair in Christianity, Arts and Letters and led the renewal of the undergraduate programs the College sponsors for all A&S students. He joined U of T in 2016 after spending ten years at Ryerson University where he was a professor of English, chair of the Department of English, and founding director of Zone Learning.
Professor Boyagoda is a writer, critic and essayist. His first novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His second novel, Beggar’s Feast, was nominated for an IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize and named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Selection. His most recent novel, Original Prin, was named a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and also a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. He is also author of an SSHRC-supported critical biography and a scholarly monograph. He is a regular contributor of essays, reviews and opinions to a wide variety of publications and to CBC Radio, and hosts a literary podcast for the Toronto Public Library. Currently, he serves on the Educational Review Committee of The Walrus Foundation, the Board of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, the Board of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, and chairs the PEN Canada Advisory Board. As a teacher and researcher, his interests include American literature; American studies; religion and literature; U.S. intellectual history; as well as South Asian and post-colonial literature.
Professor Boyagoda was appointed Vice-Dean, Undergraduate for a five-year term starting July 1, 2020. As Vice-Dean, he is responsible for working with academic leaders to advance the Faculty’s overall priorities and strategies for undergraduate education and experience, both within and outside of the classroom. His responsibilities include supporting and coordinating Faculty-wide curricular and co-curricular offerings, including: degree requirements, online learning, experiential learning and international and research opportunities.
Professor Boyagoda will also work with the Faculty Registrar to advance recruitment and enrolment goals, and to order and integrate local, sectoral and Faculty-wide undergraduate studies and student experience with University-level priorities and opportunities. He will also be responsible for supporting the implementation of technological platforms that support undergraduate teaching and learning, as well as advancing, in collaboration with others, the Faculty’s progress in achieving undergraduate-related provincial performance-based indicators.
Key Areas of the Portfolio
- Student academic experience
- Curricular change and program development
- International activities related to the undergraduate student experience
- Recruitment and enrolment goals
- Faculty-wide teaching and learning priorities and programs