Georgian College will welcome Mary Louise Noce as its new dean, human services and community safety, at the Orillia campus beginning Sept. 7.

“Mary Louise brings more than 16 years of experience in the Ontario post-secondary sector to Georgian,” said Kevin Weaver, vice-president, academic. “Her career is distinguished by progressively responsible leadership roles and a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.”

As director of research equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives at Sheridan College, Noce led the college’s participation in the national Dimensions pilot ― an initiative of the three federal granting agencies in collaboration with Universities Canada and Colleges and Institutes Canada ― managing and building strategies to integrate EDI practices within the scholarly, research and creative ecosystem.

She also launched Sheridan’s inaugural employee self-identification census, led the creation of Foundations of Equitable Practice Training for employees and developed a faculty research mentorship program.

Previously, Noce served as associate dean of community studies, where she led the development of Sheridan’s honours bachelor of social and community development degree and advanced program quality enhancements. Most notably, Noce created a quality assurance practice innovation identified by the College Quality Assurance Audit Process as an institutional best practice. This fostered significant community partnerships, resulting in the growth of experiential learning and community-engaged scholarship opportunities for students and faculty.

Noce also served as interim dean for the faculty of applied health and community studies where she collaborated on the development of the faculty’s academic plan. Her post-secondary sector experience also includes roles as professor of social science, general education co-ordinator, and curriculum consultant.

Along with a commitment to lifelong learning, Noce continues to be involved in social work pedagogy and practice through field instruction and supervision of graduate students in the University of Windsor’s master of social work working professionals’ program.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to take on this new role as part of Georgian’s Orillia campus community,” said Noce. “Georgian is an extraordinary learning community synonymous with social innovation education, and I look forward to building strong community and industry connections within Orillia.”