VP Dean's Message

Over the past few years, U of T Scarborough has made a concerted effort to foster an academic culture that recognizes the excellence of our faculty. Promotion to the rank of full professor recognizes faculty members’ outstanding scholarly achievements that have garnered worldwide recognition. Currently, there are 68 full professors at U of T Scarborough, 71 per cent of who were promoted since 2000—17 between 2000 and 2009, and 30 between 2010 and 2016. Now we are extending warm congratulations to another eight faculty members from Biological Sciences, Human Geography, Management, Philosophy and Sociology.

These promotions mark an especially proud moment as we’ve had the pleasure of watching many of these talented women and men develop from promising junior faculty into scholars of international impact and recognition. They are having a demonstrable impact in their disciplines and they excel as teachers in our classrooms. We see great things ahead for them and are pleased they have chosen U of T Scarborough as their academic home.

On behalf of our campus, I offer congratulations and gratitude to this talented and accomplished group of scholars and educators. Read about each of them here.

Two new academic administrative appointments to the Dean’s Office have been enthusiastically welcomed by the campus community. Professor Maydianne Andrade has taken on a new position, as Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs and Equity, with a strong focus on faculty mentorship and recognition, increasing diversity and fostering a climate in which all can flourish. Professor Mary Silcox is Vice-Dean Graduate, with a strong focus on graduate program development and overseeing services for U of T Scarborough’s growing graduate student population.

Academic Board has approved a new graduate program, the Masters of Accounting & Finance. This will be the fifth graduate program at U of T Scarborough, the first for the Department of Management and the first non-science graduate program on campus. This will be the Cadillac version of such programs, enthusiastically endorsed by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, which now requires graduate training. The program will give academic credentials both for accounting and chartered financial analysts. The first intake of 25 students is planned for May 2018.

Pending the final step of Governing Council approval later this month, U of T Scarborough will also be announcing the establishment of a new EDU-B, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society. This new stand-alone unit, led by a Director, gives our Health Studies programs their own independent identity. The Centre will have eight faculty and 733 students in their programs.  This year, the Centre also will be introducing a new program in Health Humanities—the first of its kind in Canada. In addition to Health Humanities, the Minor in Natural Sciences and Environmental Management was approved this year. Finally, the Major in Media Studies was renamed the Major in Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures, and will now offer two streams: Media Studies and Journalism Studies.

This has been a busy year, and we’ve set a number of benchmarks along the way.

The 2017/18 academic year promises to continue on this trend, in particular as we respond to the calls to action of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. It’s going to be a year that I am very excited about and I’m sure you will be, too.    <From Inside UTSC: June 2017, Volume 2>