Suzanne Sicchia

Suzanne Sicchia
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Acting Vice-Dean Teaching, Learning & Undergraduate Programs


Professor Sicchia has been appointed Acting Vice-Dean Teaching, Learning & Undergraduate Programs from 1 July 2023 through to 30 June 2024, filling in for Vice-Dean Larson on administrative leave. While in this new role, Professor Michael Souza will be Acting Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs & Curriculum.

Professor Suzanne Sicchia is an award winning Associate Professor Teaching Stream in the Department of Health & Society, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She also serves as the Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs & Curriculum (ADUPC), for the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. She has a PhD in Medical Science, a MHSc in health promotion, and a MSc in social theory and health from the former Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Before joining UTSC, she worked as a Research Associate in the ‘Global Health’ and ‘Violence and Health’ units of the former Centre for Research in Women’s Health, WHO/PAHO Collaborative Centre in Women’s Health. During this time, she worked extensively on the joint CIHR/NIH Globalization Gender & Health: Research-Policy initiative. Project partners included the NIH Office for Research in Women’s Health, Fogarty International Centre, and the Institute for Aboriginal Peoples' Health and the Institute for Gender & Health, at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. More recently she has served as an external reviewer on global health governance-related grants for the CIHR, SSHRC, and IDRC. Suzanne also founded the UTSC International Health Film Series & Expo, and the UTSC Critical Book Club. Her interests include critical public health, global health governance, community-based participatory research, social theory and health, structural violence, and critical pedagogies.

The ADUPC works closely with the Vice-Dean Teaching, Learning & Undergraduate Programs in the following key areas of responsibility, with an Inclusive Excellence lens: Curriculum Innovation and Renewal, including attention to Indigenous experiences and knowledge systems; Black and racialized knowledges and experiences; experiences of other historically and systemically marginalized communities; and international and intercultural perspectives; New Undergraduate Programs; Special Programs (Combined, Dual, Double, (Con)Joint Degree and Certificate Programs • Major and Minor Modifications of Undergraduate Programs; • Unit and Program Reviews (quality assessment of programs and courses).

For administrative matters pertaining to the Acting Vice-Dean Teaching, Learning & Undergraduate Programs' portfolio, including scheduling a meeting with Professor Sicchia, contact: Suma Philip, Executive Assistant to the Vice-Deans.