Friday, November 15, 2013

President’s Teaching Award Nominations

PDAD&C#24, 2013-14

To:          PDAD&C
From:    Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Date:     November 14, 2013
Re:         President’s Teaching Award Nominations (2014)

The University-wide President's Teaching Award recognizes sustained excellence in teaching, research in teaching, and the integration of teaching and research. We encourage nominations of colleagues whose achievements are truly outstanding for this very special form of recognition by the University of Toronto.

President's Teaching Award winners receive an annual professional development allowance of $10,000 for five years. Recipients are also designated by the University as members of the Teaching Academy for a minimum period of five years; those wishing to continue participation in the Academy after this term may elect to do so. A complete list of Academy members can be found at:

The President's Teaching Award winners are determined by a selection committee chaired by the Provost. Nominations are solicited through the Deans of Faculties. The office of the Dean is responsible for the compilation of documentation but they may request assistance from the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation. When preparing a nomination package, nominators should consult the Selection Procedures & Nomination Guidelines

The nomination deadline is 14 February 2014.

The Teaching Academy plays a prominent role in enhancing teaching and the profile of the University’s commitment to teaching. Teaching Academy members meet regularly as a body to develop and lead initiatives to support and advance teaching in the University. They also offer advice to the Provost and the Director of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI), assist in the assessment of teaching, and function as advocates for excellence in teaching within and without the University. Members of the Teaching Academy have also been asked to participate in a range of university events, including addressing Convocation, delivering public lectures, participating in conferences and new faculty orientations, and facilitating teaching and learning workshops.

Enquiries regarding the President's Teaching Award and nomination procedures should be directed to Megan Burnett, Acting Associate Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) at 416-946-8585 (t) or

Nominators may wish to attend a roundtable discussion hosted by the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation: Preparing a Nomination Dossier for the President’s Teaching Award on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 from 1pm – 3pm. To register, please visit:

Research-Related Policies: Update

TO:           Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:     Professor Paul Young, Vice-President, Research and Innovation
DATE:      November 7, 2013
RE:            Update on Research-Related Policies

Please note that a revised Inventions Policy and a new Research Administration Policy for the University of Toronto have been approved by Governing Council.  Copies of both Policies, as well as the Guideline on Full Cost Recovery In Research and Research Administration Guideline associated with the Research Administration Policy, are available on the
Policies, Guidelines and Procedures page of the Research and Innovation website.  The Policies are also available on the policies page of the Governing Council website.

The new Research Administration Policy
The new Policy and associated Guidelines replace the University of Toronto Policy on Research Agreements and the Recovery of Indirect Costs of Research.  Key objectives of the new Policy and Guidelines include:
greater policy and procedural accessibility and transparency for the University research community;
clarification of roles and responsibilities to enhance accountability and reduce risk;
heightened emphasis on the importance of indirect cost recovery;
definitional and procedural differentiation between research agreements and other types of agreements (donations to research, service agreements).

The revised Inventions Policy
The previous University of Toronto Inventions Policy was approved by Governing Council in 2007, replacing a policy approved in 1990 and amended in 2002.  Key objectives of the new Policy include:
explicit inclusion of librarians;
a streamlined path for inventors who take personal ownership of their inventions, including removal of the obligation to obtain University consent for their further assignments or licenses;
a more accessible Policy with greater transparency regarding the sharing and distribution of invention revenue;
clarification of signing authority with respect to invention-related documents;
updates to current title of offices and office-holders.

Should you have any questions regarding the policies, please feel free to contact me or Judith Chadwick, Assistant Vice-President (

Access Copyright: Status of Negotiations

PDAD&C#23, 2013-14
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
November 5, 2013
Status of Negotiations with Access Copyright


As announced in June (PDAD&C #64, 2012-13), the University gave notice to Access Copyright that it did not wish to renew the License on its current terms but would be prepared to negotiate for renewal at a substantially lower royalty rate. Access Copyright responded that it was prepared to enter into negotiations. Accordingly, after considerable preparatory work by both parties (including data analysis by means of a review of a sample of anonymized documents uploaded to Blackboard), the University has commenced negotiations with Access Copyright.  The negotiations (which, by agreement between the parties, are being conducted on a confidential basis) are continuing in November.  The University is aiming for a date by the first week of December, at the latest, for conclusion of negotiations one way or the other.

If, despite the University’s good faith efforts, the parties are not able to reach an agreement about a fairly-priced royalty rate that takes into account the changing legal, technological and educational sector landscape, the University needs to prepare for a) the expiry of the License on December 31, 2013; and b) operating thereafter without a License and outside of any interim or final tariff that might be set by the Copyright Board. 

What the License Requires Upon Expiry

Among other things, the License requires that, upon expiry, the University “shall immediately use reasonable efforts to (i) prevent access to Digital Copies of [Access Copyright] Repertoire Works made under this agreement and stored on a Secure Network under its control, and (ii) inform all Authorized Persons [faculty, students, etc.] that the [University] no longer has a license from Access Copyright for the use of Repertoire Works”.

Each instructor should already have a good sense of the specific content of what has been uploaded to Blackboard, but to prepare for the contingency that the University may be unsuccessful in persuading Access Copyright to accept a royalty rate that the University views as fair, all instructors will be asked to do the following:

1.      Review the content of all documents uploaded to Blackboard or other learning management system (LMS).
2.      Focus only on published works. In other words, the instructor need not do anything about their own notes or other non-published materials that have been posted.
3.      Confirm whether the published works in question are covered by an existing license (other than the Access Copyright License) that permits Blackboard uploading. This information can be found on the item’s record in the library catalogue.  Works covered by such a license can remain on the LMS. Again, Library staff will be available to assist, so please send inquiries to
4.      For published works that are not covered by a license other than the Access Copyright License, it will be necessary to ascertain if the published works are within the Access Copyright Repertoire.  Access Copyright has always argued that works are included within its Repertoire unless the rights holder advises them to the contrary so that the work may be identified on the “Exclusions List”. Thus, if a work is not on the Exclusions List, it may be within the Repertoire.  Here is the link to the Exclusions List. Additionally, you may use the Access Copyright Repertoire Look-Up Tool.  Library staff will be available to assist instructors in confirming whether a particular work may be within the Repertoire, so please send inquiries to
5.      If a work appears to be within the Repertoire and is not otherwise licensed, the instructor should apply the University’s Fair Dealing Guidelines, and the additional guidance in the Copyright Roadmap and in the Copyright FAQ and make an assessment as to whether the work is within the scope of “fair dealing” and thus available for use under the Copyright Act without payment or permission.
6.      If a work appears to be within the Repertoire, is not otherwise licensed, and is likely not covered by fair dealing, the instructor will need to be prepared to remove the work as of January 1, 2014 unless a transactional license can be procured from the rights holder before that date. Library staff are available to assist with transactional licenses, but exploring this option takes time and the likelihood is that many transactional licenses would not be able to be secured within such a short time frame.  If a work has to be removed, the instructor may wish to explore alternate materials that are already licensed, or are clearly within the fair dealing exception.

Operating without a License and outside of an interim or final tariff

If the University needs to operate without a License and outside of an interim or final tariff ordered by the Copyright Board, it will follow the approach taken by UBC, York, and other universities that have been doing so over the last one to two years.  Such an approach involves a combination of: good copyright guidance and education, so that instructors have a clear sense of what is permitted; reasonable use of exceptions permitted under the Copyright Act, such as fair dealing; and greater use of transactional licenses, open source material and other similar resources.   In addition, such an approach will require instructors to ensure that, with respect to course packs, which would again (as before the current License)  be subject to a per page royalty if they use Access Copyright Repertoire materials, they only have course packs copied at copy shops that are licensed by Access Copyright.

Distribution of this Memo

Please ensure that this memo is distributed to all instructors.  The University will provide further updates as required. The cooperation of everyone is greatly appreciated – copyright compliance is everyone’s business, and working together makes the task much easier.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fabric Structure Architecture Education Design Realization: November 14, 2013

Fabric Structure Architecture Education Design Realization
November 14, 2013 at 7pm

Architects and Engineers are invited to the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design to take part in an evening forum being held on November 14th at 7:00pm. Guests can expect to be dazzled by the wonderful world of fabric education design and realization. Our guest speakers for the evening will be Professor Robert Off, Architect and founder of the Institute for Membrane Structures, as well as Leila Araghian, Architect and founder of DIBA Tensile Architecture. Robert and Leila will be sharing their combined wealth of knowledge and details of the projects completed throughout their careers.
The evening’s presentation will focus on the history of fabric architecture, its global presence and the innovations it allows for in modern building applications. Blackwell’s own J. David Bowick and Bryan Schopf will be accompanied by James Gallagher ofTensile Integrity for the purpose of introducing our featured guests and sharing both firms’ current contributions to the Canadian fabric industry.

Please remember to RSVP by following the link below, as seating is limited:
We welcome students and professionals to join in an extension of this forum the following afternoon, Friday November 15th at 12:00pm, when the Daniels Faculty will be hosting a fabric workshop. The intent of the workshop is to allow for the practical realization of the skills and aspirations born from the evening’s presentation. Attendees will be provided with the tools to create their own vision of fabric structure architecture with the guidance of Professor Off and Leila Araghian.

Call for student, staff and faculty nominations for the Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

To:       PDAD&C; Professional & Managerial Staff
From:  Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
Date:   November 1, 2013
Re:      Call for student, staff and faculty nominations for the Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize Award: Deadline is January 24.

Nomination forms are now available for the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize Award.

The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Submissions are to be sent to the attention of Rosalyn Figov, Director, Operations and Finance, Office of the Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity.

Information on application procedures and selection criteria is available here. Should you have any questions about the award, or the submission process, please contact your HR Divisional Office. Please note that support in preparing nominations is available to Division Heads.

About the Award

The Ludwik and Estelle (Stella) Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize was established in 1995 in memory of two Polish educators who risked their lives during the Holocaust to rescue Jewish people. They believed deeply in the moral value of human beings, irrespective of race, nationality, class or religion. The award is presented to a faculty, staff or student member of the University who has made a positive and lasting contribution to education and action against discrimination. Prize winners have included a wide variety individuals who have been recognized for their scholarship, personal service to others, or activities in support of the University’s commitment to the values of equal opportunity, equity and justice. 

The award recipient will receive a prize of up to $1500 and will be honoured at the Awards of Excellence ceremony held in the spring of 2014.

Chancellor’s Award 2014: Call for nominations for administrative staff

To:       PDAD&C; Professional & Managerial Staff
From:  Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
Date:   November 1, 2013
Re:       Chancellor’s Award 2014: Call for nominations for administrative staff

Nomination forms are now available for the 2014 Chancellor’s Award.

The Chancellor’s Award recognizes administrative staff members for exceptional leadership in advancing the University’s mission.

I encourage you to think about those individuals who have demonstrated this over the past year and submit an application prior to the deadline of 4 p.m. on January 24, 2014.

About the Awards

There are two awards of $1,000 each, which will be presented at the Awards of Excellence ceremony in the spring of 2014. All administrative staff members (union and non-union) are eligible for these awards. Additional information is available here.

The specific award categories are:

1.    The Emerging Leader

This award will recognize a staff member who demonstrates significant potential to assume more senior leadership in the organization.

2.    The Influential Leader

This award will recognize a staff member who has continually demonstrated innovative leadership to achieve outstanding contributions to the University by motivating and empowering others.

Previous award recipients of the Chancellor’s Award are listed here. I look forward to watching this list grow with our 2014 honourees.

Advisory Committee for the Appointment of a Dean, Faculty of Medicine

PDAD&C#22, 2013-14

To:          Faculty, Staff and Students of the Faculty of Medicine
                Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:    Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date:     November 1, 2013
Re:         Advisory Committee for the Appointment of a Dean, Faculty of Medicine
CC:         President Meric Gertler
                The Bulletin

As announced in PDAD&C #14 on September 4, 2013, Professor Catharine Whiteside will complete her second term as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions on December 31, 2014. In accordance with Section 60 of the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, President David Naylor appointed an advisory committee to recommend the appointment of a new Dean. The composition of the committee is as follows:

Professor Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost (Chair)
Mr. Larry Alford, Chief Librarian
Professor Zubin Austin, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Professor Dina Brooks, Department of Physical Therapy and Graduate Coordinator, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Professor Brian Corman, Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education
Professor Patrick Gullane, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery; University Health Network
Mr. Justin Hall, Undergraduate Student
Mr. Kevin Koo, Postgraduate Student
Professor Stephen G. Matthews, Chair, Department of Physiology
Professor Amy Mullin, Vice-Principal (Academic) and Dean, University of Toronto Mississauga
Ms. Morag Paton, Education Scholarship Coordinator, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Professor Janet Rossant, Department of Molecular Genetics; Chief of Research, SickKids Hospital; Chair, Toronto Academic Health Science Network Research Committee
Professor Locke Rowe, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Arts & Science
Professor Ross Upshur, Department of Family & Community Medicine; Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Bridgepoint Health
Professor Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, CAMH; Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine

Following a formal Request for Proposals and a rigorous selection process, we have engaged the firm of Laverne Smith & Associates to assist the Advisory Committee in its work. The Advisory Committee welcomes comments about the qualities sought in a Dean and nominations from interested persons, using the following website:, or via email to  

Advisory Search Committee for the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs

PDAD&C #21, 2013-14

To:          Faculty, Staff and Students, Munk School of Global Affairs

From:    Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
                David Cameron, Interim Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

Re:         Advisory Search Committee for the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs

CC:         The Bulletin

As announced in PDAD&C #9, 2010-11, President David Naylor appointed a committee to recommend the appointment of the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs in accordance with Section 36 of the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators. At that time, a full search was conducted and it was recommended that Professor Janice Stein be offered an extended term with an intention to resume an external search at a later date.

Professor Stein has served as the founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs since 2008, and before that as the founding Director of the Munk Centre.  Professor Stein will complete her term as Director of the School on June 30, 2014, and thus the Advisory Search Committee has been reconvened as follows:

*             Professor Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost (Co-chair)
*             Professor David Cameron, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science (Co-chair)
*             Professor Robert Bothwell, Department of History
*             Ms. Linda Corman, Librarian, Trinity College
*             Ms. Megan Dersnah, Student
*             Professor Randall Hansen, Department of Political Science and Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
*             Professor Karen Knop, Faculty of Law
*             Professor Ron Levi, Department of Sociology and Munk School of Global Affairs
*             Ms. Margaret McKone, Executive Director, Munk School of Global Affairs
*             Ms. Kerry Paterson, Student
*             Professor Mark Stabile, Director, School of Public Policy and Governance

The Advisory Committee for the search will begin meeting in November 2013 and welcomes nominations of candidates for the position of Director. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Assistant Provost Archana Sridhar at

Friday, October 18, 2013

Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct - Revised


TO:                 Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs

FROM:           Paul Young, Vice-President, Research and Innovation

RE:                  Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct - Revised

Further to PDAD&C memo on the Ethical Conduct of Research (PDAD& C #36 December 4, 2012), I am writing to inform you that the Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct has been revised by my office, in consultation with the Office of the Vice-President and Provost.   This revision occurred as a result of an on-going review process to ensure that the University policies and procedures are consistent with Tri-Agency requirements and guidelines.

The revised Framework is effective for complaints of research misconduct received after January 1, 2013. 

Key changes include:
  • a statement on how anonymous allegations will be addressed;
  • clarification of interim steps that can be taken to preserve funds or research records pending the resolution of a complaint of research misconduct;
  • the inclusion of at least one external member on each investigation committee.

In general, processes remain unchanged.  The Framework identifies a two-stage process: an initial gathering and review of information at an inquiry stage and, if warranted, a subsequent investigation.    The Vice-President, Research and Innovation remains the central point of contact for all allegations of research misconduct. 

Professor R. Paul Young Ph.D., FRSC
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
University of Toronto
Simcoe Hall, Room 109
27 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A1

Telephone: 416-978-4984

Associate Vice-President, Research Oversight and Compliance: Professor Lori Ferris

TO:           Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs

FROM:   Professor Paul Young, Vice-President, Research and Innovations

DATE:     17 October 2012

RE:           Associate Vice-President, Research Oversight and Compliance

I am pleased to let you know that the University has approved a new position of Associate Vice-President for Research Oversight and Compliance.  I am also happy to inform you that Professor Lori Ferris, a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and who currently serves as Associate Vice-Provost Health Sciences Policy and Strategy (Office of the Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions), has agreed to take up this position. 

Professor Ferris joined the VPRI portfolio just over a year ago on a part-time basis as my Special Advisor on Research Ethics and Protections. She holds a PhD in psychology and two masters of laws degrees in alternative dispute resolution and administrative law. Professor Ferris currently chairs the Ethics and Policy Committee for the World Association of Medical Editors and in 2012 she became the association’s Vice-President, and Jan 1 2014 she will become its President.  Her research interests include medico-legal-policy, public health, women’s health and health services research, with over 100 publications mostly in these areas of interest.  

In her role as Associate Vice-President, Professor Ferris will manage the Research Oversight and Compliance Office (ROCO) which comprises legal services, research ethics (human and animal), and research financial reporting and audit.  ROCO was formed in 2009 in response to escalating sponsor and regulatory requirements in research which place an increasingly heavy burden on research institutions as well as growing financial, legal and reputational risks.  ROCO was the first office of its kind in Canada and signaled important recognition of the need to achieve and sustain a level of distributed oversight and compliance consistent with U of T’s massive and highly decentralized research enterprise. 

We have already benefitted from Lori’s work to help address our local institutional response to the international trend towards dramatic increases in allegations of research misconduct.  She has helped create institutional structures and processes to assist academic divisions to properly manage allegations, and will be involved in launching ongoing educational programs to increase awareness of research integrity.  I am grateful that she has agreed to extend her leadership in the VPRI in an expanded role.

Professor Ferris will take up the AVP position effective November 1st. on a part-time basis while she transitions out of her Associate Vice Provostial role, and  will start full time in my office Jan 2 2014.   Her office will be in McMurrich on the 2nd floor although she will continue to work closely with me in Simcoe Hall, as required, on allegations of research misconduct.  Please join me in congratulating Lori on this important appointment. 

UTSC Acting Vice-Principal, Research: Professor Julie McCarthy

To:          Faculty, staff, and students at University of Toronto Scarborough
From:   Franco J. Vaccarino, Vice-President and Principal, UTSC           
Re:         Appointment of (Acting) Vice-Principal Research, University of Toronto Scarborough     
cc:           President David Naylor
                The Bulletin       

I am very pleased to announce that Professor Julie McCarthy has agreed to a six-month term as Acting Vice-Principal, Research at UTSC, beginning November 1, 2013, while Vice Principal, Research, Professor Malcolm Campbell is on research leave.

Professor McCarthy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and is well known for her research excellence and academic engagement.  Her research interests are centered on strategies that individuals can use to build resilience and achieve success in their work and home lives. She also investigates how organizations can ensure that their policies and practices are viewed favorably by job applicants and employees. Professor McCarthy has established herself as an expert in each of these areas, as seen from her publications in the leading international journals in the field, including The Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Psychological Science, and The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as two upcoming book chapters in the influential Oxford Handbook Series.

Professor McCarthy's research has also received a considerable amount of media attention - she has been interviewed on CBC Radio, featured on the CBS website and her work has been featured in several newspapers and magazines such as Business Week, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Financial Post, National Post, and the London Times. Recent public interest includes two articles in The Globe and Mail (July 14th, 2013; August 2nd, 2013) reporting on her research on work life balance.

Professor McCarthy's research is also generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and she has received numerous awards and recognitions for her research contributions. 

Please join me in welcoming Julie to this important position at UTSC.

Friday, September 27, 2013

2nd Toronto International Students Festival 2013: September 28

The City of Toronto would like to invite you, your faculty members and students to the 2nd International Students Festival to be held on September 28th at David Pecaut Square, Toronto. This festival is organized to celebrate the presence of international students and to recognize their contribution in various fields. On this occasion, three students from the University of Toronto will also be presented an International Student Toronto Excellence Award. For more information about the event, please see the attached note and an event flyer. Promotional video:

We hope you can attend and will appreciate if you can invite and encourage faculty members and students (both Canadian and international) to attend this exciting event in support of international students and their families.

Thank you for your consideration and support.

Kind regards,


Jagdish Yadav, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Education
Economic Development & Culture
City of Toronto
City Hall, 9th Floor, East Tower
100 Queen Street West, Toronto, M5H 2N2

Phone: (416) 397-4950
Fax: (416) 392-3374


2nd Toronto International Students Festival 2013
September 28, 2013; 1:00 – 6:00 PM
David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street, Toronto
The City of Toronto is partnering with academic institutions and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to enhance the positive experiences of international students who come here to study and live. To kick off this annual initiative, from August 15th to September 8th, the City of Toronto hosted its Airport Welcome Program for all International students newly arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport, providing them with all the information they needed to get settled in their new home.

The City is now preparing to celebrate those International Students who have chosen Toronto as their academic hub with its 2nd annual Toronto International Students Festival. With over 59,000 international students in Ontario, Toronto has emerged as the largest centre of foreign students in Canada.

 Last year’s 1st Toronto International Students Festival 2012 had over 1,500 people attend at Nathan Philips Square. At this year’s festival close to 3,000 international students, their families and friends, civic leaders, senior officials and staff of the partner universities and colleges and representatives of some top countries, which are the source of most of Toronto’s international students, will be attending.

The Festival will feature speeches, cultural performances, award presentations, arts display, agency display booths and prizes. Event will be a prime networking spot for students from different countries, universities and colleges will find networking and integration opportunities among themselves and with business and community groups, employers, government and foreign government representatives. One the main events at this year’s festival: Eight students from Jamaica, Russia, India, United States, China, Ukraine and Mexico will receive Toronto Excellence Awards in the categories of community services, entrepreneurship, Academic excellence, sports, arts & culture, and student services.

Come out and join in on the celebrations:

v  See diversity of nations on display (live performances, art & cultural exhibitions);
v  Meet Excellence Award Winner International Students and learn about their unique contributions to communities and businesses;
v  Meet representatives from universities and colleges from all over Ontario; foreign country representatives;
v  See local and provincial agencies coming together to welcome and support international students from around the world

Purpose of this event is to:
v  To celebrate international students and their achievements;
v  To directly listen to the views of civic, academic and student leaders;
v  To make international students feel welcome, supported and appreciated in Toronto;
v  To expose students to diverse cultural and entertainment activities and motivate them to participate and develop fond memories; and
v  To promote Toronto, Ontario and Canada as the global educational destinations.

Interviews and meetings with award winners, government and institutional representatives and others, can be facilitated via our media table. Please contact us in advance so interview times can be arranged.

Promotional video via Youtube link is:

More information about programs at:

For more information and to set up interviews:
Contact: Jagdish Yadav, Senior Advisor Education Sector, Economic Development & Culture Division, City of Toronto at:

Invitation to the Installation of Meric S. Gertler as 16th President of the University of Toronto

September 23, 2013
To:                   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, & Chairs
From:               Bryn MacPherson,
 Executive Director, Office of the President

Re:                   Invitation to the Installation of Meric S. Gertler as
16th President of the University of Toronto
Kindly distribute this invitation to Faculty in your department, including Professors emeriti:

The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
requests the honour of your presence at
the Installation of Meric S. Gertler as
the 16th President of the University of Toronto

Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Convocation Hall  (31 King’s College Circle)

To join the Academic Procession
or to attend as a Guest
kindly RSVP by October 21st by following this link:

Friday, September 20, 2013

University of Victoria: Faculty Position in Civil & Environmental Engineering


The Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Victoria, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor levels in all areas of Civil or Environmental Engineering. Applicants with research interests in the areas of Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Project and Construction Management and Building Science are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates applying for the position must have a PhD in Civil Engineering or a related field, and have a demonstrated ability or potential for excellence in teaching, research, graduate student supervision, verbal and written communication, and collaboration with colleagues with engineering and non-engineering backgrounds. Candidates must be registered as a professional engineer or be eligible for and committed to registration. The successful applicant will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise graduate students, establish an active research program, and participate in the academic affairs of the university. The successful applicant will contribute to the development and growth of an innovative new Civil and Environmental Engineering program that will emphasize sustainability and include program wide problem based learning. The program will initially be part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

At present, the Department offers B.Eng. M.Eng., M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, as well as B.Eng. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering. The new M.Eng., M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering is under development.

The Department has 24 faculty members including three Canada Research Chairs, and about 120 graduate students. The Department is known for its strong research programs in broad areas with superb research funding, and a large number of research personnel and visiting researchers. With an excellent collegial atmosphere and active research, the Department attracts outstanding faculty and staff, as well as first-rate graduate and undergraduate students. Further information on the Department can be found at

The University of Victoria ( is situated in the City of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, at the southeast tip of Vancouver Island. Founded in 1963, the University is ranked as one of the leading universities in Canada with a reputation for excellence in research and teaching. Victoria is one of the most scenic locales in Canada with a pleasant climate year round.

Applications should include curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research objectives and interests, and the names, addresses, telephone number, and email addresses of at least four referees. Applications can be sent electronically by November 15, 2013 in PDF or MS Word formats to:, addressed to:

Dr. Caterina Valeo
Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering Appointment Committee
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700
Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 2Y2

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. license Update

PDAD&C #17 2013-14

To:   PDAD&C
From:       Jill Matus, Vice-Provost, Students & First-Entry Divisions
Date: September 10, 2013
RE:   Update on the University of Toronto’s license

Overview is an electronic resource that assists in the detection and deterrence of plagiarism. It is widely used by universities in the United States and Canada, and by over 1 million active instructors across 10,000 educational institutions from 126 countries.  Each submitted paper is checked for textual similarity against 24 billion pages on the Internet and 300+ million papers previously submitted to Turnitin (including paper mill essays), as well as 110,000 journals, periodicals, and books. Turnitin Originality Reports, which are generated for instructors within minutes, highlight questionable areas and can potentially save instructors time as they investigate the originality of student work and verify citations. Using the information from the Reports, as well as any other relevant information, individual instructors need to exercise their independent professional judgment about whether these highlighted passages represent plagiarism. and Learning Portal Integration Since September 2002, the University of Toronto has been licensing the plagiarism detection and deterrence tools offered through for use by instructors in courses. As of 1 September 2013, Turnitin will be integrated with the University’s Learning Portal.  This integration allows for the creation of Turnitin Assignments directly in Portal Courses. Instructors set up “Turnitin Assignments” through their course site in the Learning Portal and students submit their work to the site.  Turnitin Assignments are also integrated into the Blackboard Grade Center in the Learning Portal, allowing for easier management of submissions.  All interaction with Turnitin reports and submitted files is directly through each Portal Course.  Every student in a Portal Course will automatically have access to any Turnitin Assignments created within it, which will do away with the class IDs and enrolment passwords required by the Turnitin website.

We ask that you remind instructors in your unit about the Conditions of Use (see below) pertaining to Turnitin use at UofT. While the use of is completely voluntary, when Turnitin is used, instructors must adhere to the University of Toronto’s Conditions of Use. Instructors are responsible for reviewing the Conditions of Use prior to using Turnitin in their courses. 

Conditions of Use at the University of Toronto
      1. is a tool that will assist in detecting textual similarities between compared works. Instructors must exercise their independent professional judgment in, and assume responsibility for, determining whether a text has been plagiarized or not.

      2.    Students must be informed at the start of the course that the instructor will be using
The course syllabus must include the following statement:
“Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University's use of the service are described on the website”.

            Please note: this statement cannot be altered in any way.
      3. is most effective when it is used by all students in a particular course; however, if and when students object to its use on principle, a reasonable offline alternative must be offered. A wide variety of non-electronic methods can be used to deter and detect plagiarism; for example, the requirement that all rough work be handed in with the assignment or that the student include an annotated bibliography. Instructors may wish to consult with the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) when establishing these alternatives.

For more information on Turnitin or for support, please visit the website for the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation at:

Copyright Compliance at the University of Toronto Update

PDAD&C #15, 2013-14

To:       PDAD&C
From:  Cheryl Regehr, Vice President and Provost
Date:  September 5, 2013
Re:       Update on Copyright Compliance at the University of Toronto


With a new term commencing, it is a good time to provide you with an update on copyright compliance at the University of Toronto and on the options for faculty to make “in copyright” materials available to students.

The University takes its copyright obligations seriously. As such, we are committed to providing faculty, staff, and students with accurate and up to date copyright information.  The copyright landscape in Canada has changed significantly in the last few years.   In 2012, the Copyright Act was significantly amended, including among other things a broadening of educational use provisions.  Also in 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada released a series of decisions that point to a broader and more generous interpretation of “user rights,” including fair dealing.  There have been developments in the area of Open Access, and the expectations regarding copyright in the scholarly publishing world are evolving. Technology continues to change rapidly. The expectations of content creators and content users are being tested in a variety of ways, including in litigation.

Attached to this memo are links to a suite of resources that will assist you, as a faculty member or staff member, as you navigate these rapidly changing waters.

•          Copyright Basics and Copyright FAQs:  This is a new, updated document that presents detailed information on your rights and obligations under Canadian Copyright Law and our license with Access Copyright.

•          Copyright Roadmap (attached):  This document lays out a brief set of steps to consider as you analyze a copyright issue.

•          Fair Dealing Guidelines:  Published in 2012, these guidelines remain a very important tool in assessing fair dealing.

•          List of copy shops licensed by Access Copyright for printing and sale of course packs:  Faculty should only use these licensed copy shops or the University of Toronto Bookstore operated by the University of Toronto Press for paper coursepack printing and distribution.  It is important to note that the University continues to work closely with the University of Toronto Bookstore to provide course materials to students.  To produce a paper coursepack, faculty members can contact their usual textbook coordinator at the Bookstore who can explain the process or contact CSPI directly at 416-929-2774 or email  Please note that when paper coursepacks are not pedagogically necessary, you will be able to save students money by linking in Blackboard directly to resources licensed by the library or by scanning a document directly into Blackboard as permitted under the Fair Dealing Guidelines or our Access Copyright license.  Please refer to the Copyright Basics and Copyright FAQs site for more detailed information.

•          Please do not hesitate to contact Bobby Glushko, the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, at with any copyright related questions.

We hope that these resources are of assistance.  

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