Provost's Biography

Gwen Chapman joined the University of Guelph as Dean of the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences in February 2016. Prior to that, she was Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she served as Director of the Food, Nutrition and Health program and Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

Gwen completed her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto in 1992. As a faculty member at UBC since 1991, she built a research program exploring how everyday food practices are shaped by socially constructed notions about food, health, bodies, and social roles.

Key responsibilities of the provost and vice-president (academic):

  • promotes the academic mission of the University by advancing innovation in curriculum and program development, including program evaluation, professor recruitment and design of enrolment strategies; 
  • collaborates closely with associate vice-presidents, college deans and various directors in developing and implementing the University’s annual budget and in allocating University resources; and
  • administers University colleges, oversees numerous academic support units and chairs the Vice-President’s Academic Council.

Provost Position Profile 


Gwen Chapman
PhD, University of Toronto