Biography of Thomas Chase, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Thomas Chase, PhD


Dr Thomas Chase assumed the role of Provost and Vice-President (Academic) on 1 July 2011. Following completion of a five-year term, Dr Chase accepted a second term as Provost effective 1 July 2016. His academic appointment is in the Department of English.

He holds a
PhD from the University of Glasgow (Scotland), where a doctoral fellowship enabled him to do research in the Department of English Language. His research centered on theories of hyponymy and their application to the semantic classification of large samples of the English lexis, and is included in The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, which was published in 2009 by Oxford University Press. The Historical Thesaurus has been recognized as a groundbreaking work of collaborative scholarship with honours such as the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. David Crystal, the eminent linguist and author, says that the Thesaurus "heralds a new era in the historical study of English."

He became Provost at Regina after having served from 2009-2011 as Vice-President (Academic) and Provost at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. At Royal Roads he was centrally involved in developing the University's new  Strategic Direction, the reorganization of its academic administrative structure, and the renewal of many of the University's academic programs.

Prior to his work at Royal Roads, Thomas Chase held a series of academic and administrative appointments at the University of Regina. These include the positions of Co-ordinator of the Linguistics Program, founding Director of the Centre for Academic Technologies, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate) of the Faculty of Arts and, for four years, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. In 2008, President Vianne Timmons named him to lead the team responsible for preparing the University of Regina's new strategic plan.

Holder of the licentiate diploma in organ performance from Trinity College (London), Dr Chase also works on French organ literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing especially on the music of Marcel Dupré. In 2004, the Royal Canadian College of Organists awarded him the diploma of Fellow, honoris causa, in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to organ music as performer, scholar, and visionary."

He has performed, lectured, and presented widely, including appearances in Vancouver, Quebec City, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Newark, Seattle, Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Sydney (Australia).

Dr Chase's service outside the University includes membership on the Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance Board, membership on the board of the Saskatchewan Academic Health Sciences Network, chair of the national management committee for Faculty Bargaining Services, and from 2011 - 2017 membership on the Board of Trustees of the MacKenzie Art Gallery.