Emeritus Professor, Department of Theory and Policy Studies, University of Toronto
Daniel W. Lang is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at the University of Toronto. Previously he was Senior Policy Advisor to the President, Vice Provost, Planning and Budget, and Vice-President, Computing and Communications. He received a B.A. and M.A. from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His principal areas of interest are institutional planning and management, finance, accountability, and quality assurance. He has been a member of the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies Appraisals Committee, and the Task Force on Quality Assurance. In addition to teaching and supervising graduate students in management, planning, and finance, he taught first-year undergraduates in the Vic One program at Victoria College. His current research asks how, when, and why community college students decide to transfer to university, investigates the effects of performance incentive budgeting, and considers the role of informal knowledge in the formation of human capital. His study with Philip Oreopoulos of “Student Achievement and Retention,” for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation was an experiment to evaluate the impacts of offering additional services and merit-scholarships to first-year undergraduates. A paper based on that research has been twice named to the Social Sciences Research Network’s Top Ten research papers.
He is a recipient of the Palgrave Prize from the International Association of Universities, the Papal Order of Saint Gregory, and the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto. His boards of governors memberships include the Center for Research Universities, Algoma University, the Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto Schools (UTS), Saint Augustine’s Seminary, the Canadian Centre for Higher Education, and Humber College. He was a member of the Panel of Experts of the Canadian Federation of Teachers. He holds the Distinguished Member Award of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.
As head coach of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues baseball team, he was named OUA Coach of the Year twice and All-Star Coach once. He is a member of the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame and recipient of the OUA John McManus Award.