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Dr. Rhonda McEwen

President and Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Dr. Rhonda N. McEwen is the 14th President and Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University in the University of Toronto; Canada Research Chair in Tactile Interfaces, Communication and Cognition; a Professor of Emerging Media & Communication at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology; and has graduate faculty appointments at the Department of Computer Science; Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology; and Faculty of Information – University of Toronto.

As a Chevening Scholar, Dr. McEwen graduated from City, University of London, England, with an MBA in information technology management (high honours).  She also earned an M.Sc. in telecommunications (summa cum laude) from the University of Colorado Boulder; and a PhD in information from the University of Toronto. A world-renowned researcher in human-machine communication, Dr. McEwen combines applied and behavioural science approaches with communication studies theory to examine the social and cognitive effects of technologies. Her pioneering approach to communication research employs experimental techniques, eye tracking, observations, sensor data and interviews to investigate emerging technology used by children and adults, including those diagnosed with communication and learning disorders.

Dr. McEwen has worked with and researched digital communications media for over 20 years, both in companies providing services, and in management consulting to those companies. Dr. McEwen’s research has appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes, Nine News Australia and CBC Radio, as well as in the Boston Globe, Toronto Star and Globe and Mail. She has over 47 publications, including the co-edited Sage Handbook of Human-Machine Communication (2023), and articles in Human-Robot Interaction Companion; Information, Communication & Society; Computers and Education; New Media and Society; and information science journals.

Dr. Rhonda McEwen


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