Workshops

Workshops, seminars and online resources are available to support career development and an inclusive environment at UTSC. Programming for the 2021/2022 academic year will be available shortly.  Please contact Eileen Egan-Lee, Faculty Development Administrator, with any questions about program offerings.  

Anti-Black Racism Reading Group

Jessica Fields (Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs, Equity, and Success) and Cherilyn Scobie Edwards (Director, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office) invite UTSC faculty. librarians and staff to join the Anti-Black Racism Reading Group, meeting three times this academic year.  The reading group provides an opportunity to read and discuss the Task Force report with the aim of identifying steps we can take in our units, on campus, and at the University more broadly.  **REGISTER HERE.**

Office Hours for Faculty

Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs, Equity & Success Jessica Fields will host monthly, informal ‘Office Hours for Faculty,’ online by for faculty to meet one another and to ask and clarify questions. The next online session will be co-hosted by Vice-Dean Teaching, Learning & Undergraduate Programs Katherine Larson on November 16 from 10 – 11 am, with a focus on supporting the many EDI and anti-racism efforts that have emerged in UTSC ‘s academic departments. Department chairs and/or conveners of departmental anti-racism and EDI committees are welcome to attend. To receive a link to drop-in, chairs and conveners can register their interest online. A different theme related to career progression, academic life, equity and success will be the focus of the December 8 Office Hour.  **REGISTER**

Please join Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs, Equity & Success Jessica Fields for ‘Office Hours for Faculty’ via Zoom Thursday October 7 (1 -2 pm).  The theme for this first drop-in session will be COVID-19 and campus re-opening. (How are things going?  Do you have specific questions you would like addressed?  Are there issues you would like to raise related to your experiences during the pandemic, or moving forward?) 

This will be the first in a series of monthly, informal, drop in sessions where faculty can meet with each other, the Vice-Dean, and identified experts in a specified topic area.  A theme related to career progression, academic life, equity and success will be announced two weeks in advance, and different times will be offered throughout the academic year to provide all faculty with an opportunity to stop by and ask or clarify questions.

 

***Registration is now closed.

Community is...

Join the Community Partnerships and Engagement team for the Community Is Rooted session – a collective, learning space for the campus community to explore interlocking and intersecting questions surrounding community engagement and partnership building at UTSC.  More details & Registration

Sessions Related to Academic HR

The following online sessions are provided by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life.  Please register via the links below.

 

Demystifying the Part-Time Policy  (for Part-time faculty); October 18, 10-11:30 am 

Demystifying the Part-Time Policy (for Academic administrators and Lead staff); October 20, 2-3:30 pm

Promotion of Part-Time Faculty (for Academic administrators and Lead staff); October 26, 2-3:30 pm

 

The following online sessions are offered by Labour Relations at UofT.  Please register via the links below.

 

Managing Teaching Assistants and Sessional Lecturers (for Academic administrators and Lead staff); October 28, 2021, 1-3 pm (online)

Advancement process for Sessional Lecturers (for Academic Administrators and Lead staff); Jan. 20, 2022, 1-3 pm (online)

Hiring TAs, Course Instructors and Sessional Lecturers (for Academic Administrators and Lead staff); March 3, 2022, 2:30 – 4:30 pm (online)

Inclusive Practices in Recruitment (for Decanal assessors, committee members, Chairs, and Directors involved in faculty searches and academic reviews); October 15, 2021, 1-3:30 pm (online)

Assessment of Teaching in Tenure, Continuing Status, and Promotion Reviews (for Chairs, Directors, and Members of Teaching Committees) November 4, 2021, 1-3 pm (online)

National Centre for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

The Faculty Success Program is a 12-week online bootcamp designed to support full-time, permanent faculty looking to increase research/scholarship and writing productivity, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Faculty wishing to participate can apply for tuition support; the program is offered three times per year. More information

The Post-Tenure Pathfinders Program is a 12-week, virtual program for alumni of the Faculty Success Program who have received tenure or continuing status and are ready to reflect and move forward in the next chapter of their career.  Faculty wishing to participate can apply for tuition support; the program is offered once per year. More information

 

 

The NCFDD Provides empirically supported, on-line professional development opportunities for academic success.  Many resources are available at no extra cost to University of Toronto faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows via University of Toronto’s institutional membership.  More information.

2020/21 Programming for Faculty

Opportunities to work with Postdoctoral Fellows at UTSC have brought unique and complex administrative challenges.  To help navigate these issues, Lisa Haley (Senior Advisor & Manager, Program Completion & Postdoctoral Services) will join Mary Silcox (Vice-Dean Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies) and Shelley Eisner (Graduate Administrator) to describe best practices and help troubleshoot processes in this informative session. Unit heads and faculty currently working with postdoctoral fellows, or who may wish to do so in the future, are encouraged to attend.  Participants are welcome to submit questions with registration to help shape the session. 

 

As the UofT community settles into a 'new normal' due to COVID-19, many have questions about how this context affects their roles as faculty.  This session, arranged by faculty request, will focus on Academic Integrity.

 

Thursday September 3

3:10-4:00 pm - Presentation, informed by questions submitted with registration (*recorded)

4:00-4:30 pm - Question period (*not recorded) 

Zoom link to be provided

 

Maydianne Andrade, Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs, Equity & Success

Jamie Donaldson, Vice-Dean Recruitment, Enrollment & Student Success

Nisha Panchal, Student Conduct & Academic Integrity Officer

Dean's Designates (TBD)

 

Please submit any questions or topics you would like to see addressed to help shape the discussion with your registration. Contact Eileen Egan-Lee for more information about this session.

 

As the UofT community settles into a 'new normal' due to COVID-19, many have questions about how this context affects their roles as faculty. This session, arranged by faculty request, will focus on Academic HR, and is geared towards Pre-Tenure and Pre-Continuing Status faculty. 

Monday, July 27

3:10-4:00 pm 

Zoom link to be provided

Maydianne Andrade, Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs, Equity & Success

Fefe Wong, Academic HR Manager 

 

Please submit any questions or topics you would like to see addressed to help shape the discussion with your registration. Contact Eileen Egan-Lee for more information about this session.

As the UofT community settles into a 'new normal' due to COVID-19, many have questions about how this context affects their roles as faculty.  This session, arranged by faculty request, will focus on Mental Health (Student & Faculty).

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

11:10-12:00 pm

Zoom link to be provided

Maydianne Andrade, Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs, Equity & Success Sheila John, Assistant Dean Health, Wellness, Recreation, Physical Activity and Sport

 

Please submit any questions or topics you would like to see addressed to help shape the discussion with your registration. Contact Eileen Egan-Lee for more information about this session.

 

As the U of T community settles in to a ‘new normal’ due to COVID-19, faculty may have questions about how this context effects their roles.  The next discussion in the series 'COVID-19 & Faculty Life,' will focus on Undergraduate Education, with current Vice-Dean Undergraduate, Professor Mark Schmuckler, and beginning July 1, Vice-Dean Teaching, Learning & Undergraduate Programs, Professor Katie Larson, as well as ssociate Dean Teaching & Learning, Professor Karen McCrindle, joining Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs, Equity & Success, Professor Maydianne Andrade.

Please submit any questions or topics you would like to see addressed to help shape the discussion with your registration. A zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the session.

Friday June 19, 2020
3:10 – 4:00 pm

The Faculty Career Series provides information and support to faculty well in advance of their next career stage.  Each session goes behind the scenes of policy to provide an in depth understanding of relevant processes and the opportunity to hear from experienced faculty, reviewers, and experts. Sessions will be offered twice during the 2020-21 academic year: during the October Reading week and again in the Spring (TBD).  More information

  • Preparing for your Probationary & Continuing Status Review
  • Preparing for your Interim & Tenure Review
  • Promotion in the Tenure Stream
  • Promotion in the Teaching Stream

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life has created a pre-recorded Retirement Information Webinar as we are unable to host this annual session in person this year. The webinar focuses on the U of T Pension Plan provisions and benefits. (Specific provisions of the University Pension Plan (UPP) will not be discussed.)

To receive a secure link to access the webinar, or for any questions, please contact: vpfal.prof.dev@utoronto.ca
 
The webinar will be available to view until June 30, 2020.

This workshop supports objectives related to community development in UTSC’s draft Strategic Plan.  Faculty will explore the importance of establishing and maintaining values-based community-university collaborations, how principles of partnership development might inform research and teaching practices, and will share experiences embarking on community-engaged work. 

Geared towards faculty participants, this workshop provides insight into Indigenous ways of knowing with opportunities for open discussion, questions and lunch from an Indigenous caterer. More information

The evaluation of teaching is a critical element in the tenure, continuing status, and promotion reviews. Led by the Office of the Vice-Provost Faculty & Academic Life and the Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean, this is a substantive session on the evaluation of teaching effectiveness that will help those engaged in these reviews to conduct their work in a fair and robust way. Experienced faculty will be on hand to talk through the process and how to handle complex situations. A light lunch will be served.

2020/21 Programming for Academic Administrators & Staff

This Zoom session will provide Chairs, Directors, Associate Chairs Vice/Associate Deans, and Administrative Staff responsible for the administration of CUPE 3902 Unit 3 appointments with the necessary information to manage and conduct the processes for advancement to Sessional Lecturer II, and advancement to Sessional Lecturer III.

With the new academic year under way, this session will provide Chairs, Directors, Associate Chairs, Vice/Associate Deans, TA Coordinators, and Administrative Staff responsible for the administration of CUPE 3902 appointments with the tools and information necessary for managing employees under the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 and Unit 3 Collective Agreements. Topics will include: performance management, accommodation, workload, leaves, and all other relevant processes under the Collective Agreements for the duration of an employee’s contract.

**NEW DATE** This Zoom session will provide Chairs, Directors, Associate Chairs, TA Coordinators, and Administrative Staff responsible for the administration of CUPE 3902 appointments with the tools and information necessary for posting, hiring, and filling positions under the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 and Unit 3 Collective Agreements. Topics will include: subsequent appointment assignments, job security commitments, timelines, job postings, and navigating the hiring criteria. 

A Unit’s ability to hire the best possible candidates for academic positions can depend on effective management of the recruitment process. This session, for Chairs/Academic Directors and supporting staff, is intended to provide information about the following topics that are critical to the success of this process: Recruitment plan, Job ads, Immigration considerations, Appointment Files, Search Reports.

 

Opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows and International Visiting Graduate Students on campus have brought unique and complex administrative challenges. To help navigate these issues, representatives from the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) will be on hand to help troubleshoot processes. All unit heads and faculty who are currently hosting a visiting graduate student, have a postdoctoral fellow, or may wish to do so in the future, are strongly encouraged to attend.

 

These sessions are intended to provide Unit Heads with an overview of each process, the materials they need to gather to support reviews, and key strategies for success.  The sessions will help Chairs/Directors run fair and robust reviews and avoid common pitfalls. Please contact Eileen Egan-Lee for more information, and to inquire about future dates.

2020/21 Social Events for Faculty & Librarians

Spearheaded by the Mentoring Excellence & Diversity (MEAD) group, the Faculty & Librarian Social aims to bring colleagues together to promote and encourage healthy life/work balance. 

Equity Matters Seminar

The Equity Matters Seminar Series provides an opportunity for the U of T Scarborough community to engage with prominent speakers on issues of equity in academia.  Seminars are open to faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff.  Full details are available here.