Who We Are
The University of Toronto Scarborough has long been known as U of T’s “Co-op campus.” With over four decades of excellence in co-operative education and a robust support infrastructure, our students have access to a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in practical contexts.
Experiential learning at U of T Scarborough is offered through multiple units within and outside the portfolio of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean, with programming being offered through all of our academic departments, the campus Co-op Offices, the Centre for Teaching & Learning, Academic Advising & Career Centre, the Office of Community Development & Engagement, the Office of Student Affairs and International Student Centre, and our cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship incubators, The Hub and The BRIDGE.
At U of T Scarborough, achieving excellence in experiential learning is a team effort.
Ahmed Allahwala, Special Advisor to the Dean on Experiential Education - As Special Advisor to the Dean, Professor Ahmed Allahwala's main focus is to encourage and support academic departments to strengthen their experiential learning opportunities and develop new ways to enrich student learning through experience. Ahmed also plays a key role in fostering a shared and inclusive understanding of experiential on our campus, and in leading and coordinating experiential learning actitivies and programming inside and outside the portfolio of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean’s portfolio.
Mark Schmuckler, Vice Dean Undergraduate - As Vice-Dean Undergraduate, Professor Mark Schmuckler is responsible for overseeing all aspects of undergraduate programs and curriculum, teaching and learning innovations, curriculum renewal projects and other academic activities at U of T Scarborough. Mark is a strong proponent of experiential learning as a high impact educational practice. Under his leadership, the campus comes together to enthusiastically respond to President Gertler’s call to Rethinking Undergraduate Education at the University of Toronto.
Karen McCrindle, Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning, Director, Centre for Teaching & Learning - A long-time champion and practitioner of experiential learning, Professor Karen McCrindle provides campus leadership in the development of expert teachers, and facilitates and supports the creation of a community of practice of educators at U of T Scarborough. The Centre for Teaching & Learning (CTL) is dedicated to expanding experiential learning in pedagogically sound and sustainable ways and offers a wide variety of faculty development programming and support to instructors across the campus.
Susan Soikie, Director Arts & Science Coop - Susan provides strategic leadership and managerial oversight of numerous individual programs across the Social, Life & Natural Science, and Technology. Susan champions work-integrated learning on our campus and actively seeks new and innovative ways to integrate students’ work term experiences with academic programming and curricular objectives of individual programs. As a board member of Cooperative and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL), Susan is committed to advancing experiential learning beyond UTSC, while linking our own initiatives to broader opportunities.
Christine Arsenault, Managing Director, Department of Management - Christine is focused on maximizing the U of T Scarborough Management experience for students, staff and faculty. A key part of Christine’s portfolio is expanding work-integrated learning opportunities to all students and to foster student research, innovation and entrepreneurship through the newly created experiential learning space The Bridge.
Varsha Patel, Assistant Dean, Student Success - Varsha oversees the Academic Advising & Career Centre (AA&CC), the central advising department for students at U of T Scarborough. Under Varsha’s leadership, AA&CC works by integrating academic advising, learning skills support, career counselling and employment coaching through services, events, online resources, and programming. Experiential learning is a core feature of this work. Her office also coordinates the University of Toronto’s Work Study program at UTSC.
Nadia Rosemond, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs & Student Life - Nadia oversees all co-curricular experiential learning and community engagement programming offered through the Department of Student Life, including Alternative Reading Week and the Imani Mentorship Program. She has played a leadership role in the development and implementation of the Co-Curricular Record at U of T Scarborough. She provides strategic direction in the area of international education.
Kimberley Tull, Director, Community Development & Engagement - Kimberley is a key advocate for community campus collaborations and partnerships on our campus and is providing crucial leadership on issues of inclusion, access, equity, diversity and individual empowerment. Kimberley co-created U of T Scarborough’s Community University Partnership model, which created dozens of successful interactions that benefit both students and the community, from a homework club to soccer camps to classes on water conservation. In collaboration with Director Partnerships and Legal Counsel, Brent Duguid, she is also overseeing the implementation of U of T Scarborough’s Anchor Strategy.