Pascale Lefrançois holds a Ph.D. in didactics from the University of Montreal and has been a professor in the Department of Didactics in the Faculty of Education at UdeM since 2000. She is interested in the didactics of French, specifically linguistic aspects (spelling, syntax, lexicon) at the primary school level. She has also worked on written language proficiency from the primary to postsecondary levels. She is regularly consulted by the media and by the Quebec Ministry of Education on issues in the teaching and learning of writing and the French language in general. She received an excellence in teaching award from UdeM in 2009.
Pascale Lefrançois served as Vice-Dean, Undergraduate in the Faculty of Education from 2010 to 2018, headed the Centre for Pre-Service Teacher Training (CFIM) from 2010 to 2017, and was named Dean of Education from 2018 to 2022. Among other things, she piloted with her executive team a major reform of all the faculty's programs, from bachelor's programs to M.A. and Ph.D., including an important number of graduate professional programs. She also contributed to the implementation of the first master's degree leading to teacher certification in kindergarten and elementary school in Quebec.
The Vice-Rectorate of Student and Academic Affairs is responsible for coordinating and orienting activities for the education of students, from admissions to issuing degrees. It supports teaching and research units in teaching and supervising the student body. It also encourages interdisciplinary and inter-faculty projects and partnerships, fosters instructional innovation and maintains the quality and relevance of programs of study. The Vice-Rectorate heads up institutional services to support student success, working closely with a variety of partners.