Appointment of new interim associate vice-principal, research and innovation, research facilities & infrastructure (AVPRI-RFI)

Mark Schmuckler

Mark Schmuckler appointed interim AVPRI-RFI beginning July1

Irena Creed, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation at University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Schmuckler to the position of Interim Associate Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, Research Facilities & Infrastructure (AVPRI-RFI), effective July 1, 2023 and for a period of one year.


Professor Schmuckler has been enriching scholarship at UTSC for more than three decades. He will undertake this new challenge after seven years as the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate at UTSC, six months as a special provostial advisor, six months as the acting vice-provost, academic programs, and acting vice-provost, innovations in undergraduate education. Most recently, he was the acting chair for the department of health and society. Professor Schmuckler is the 2023 recipient of the Principal’s Research Award and will retain his roles as principal investigator at the Music Cognition Lab and the Laboratory for Infant Studies. With a B.A. in Music and Psychology and a Ph.D. from Cornell University where he conducted research in both music cognition and infant development, Professor Schmuckler has gone on to expand the understanding of both areas as a frequent contributor to journals including Cognition, Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Music Perception, Developmental Psychology, and Infancy.


“Mark’s many years of leadership make him ideal for this role,” says Vice-Principal Creed, “I know he will be adept at strengthening our supports for research faculty so they can make a difference in the grand challenges of our time.”

Professor Schmuckler adds, “UTSC is undergoing a period of growth reflecting its determination to enable its scholars to increase their impact on the world stage. Through this interim position, I hope to support the campus and my colleagues to maintain their momentum towards this goal.”

The position of AVPRI-RFI will be responsible for enhancing and growing established and emerging areas of research strength that will differentiate UTSC as a global research leader in those fields. It will also support the development, implementation, and oversight of a research support framework that facilitates the realization of UTSC scholarly ambitions. The AVPRI-RFI will engage with UTSC and tri-campus academic and administrative units to builds and supports collaborative research relationships, and to promote mentorship, training, innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership development among all researchers at UTSC.