Friday, April 26, 2013

CIV Club and MIN Club Executive

Congratulations to the newly elected executives of the CIV Club and the MIN Club, who will serve the following terms in 2013-2014.

CIV Club

  • Chair: Colin Kalaska
  • Vice-Chair: Nico Valenton
  • Treasurer: Peter Luo
  • Academic Rep: Ernesto Diaz Lozano Patino
  • Business Rep: Stephanie Daou
  • Social Rep: Kate Kazlovich
  • Sports Rep: Teodor Karamelo
  • 4th Year Rep: Suchit Chanana
  • 3rd Year Rep: Sharon Mandair

MIN Club

  • President: Andreas Steckenborn
  • VP Finance: Channa Kumarage
  • VP Industry: Daryl Li
  • VP Social: Peter Miszkiel
  • VP Academic: Thomas Bamford

Accommodation for Religious Observances

PDADC#54, 2012-13

To:   PDAD&C
CC:   Professional/Managerial Staff
From:       Jill Matus, Vice-Provost, Students
Date:       April 25, 2013
Re:   Reminder - Accommodation for Religious Observances

I am writing to remind you of the University's commitment and policy concerning accommodation for religious observances. As first noted in PDAD&C #16 (2007-08), this office has published a regularly updated web page as a ready reference on issues related to this topic:  The page provides guidelines, some example dates of relevance for the current and upcoming academic year, links to the University's Policy on Scheduling of Classes and Examinations and Other Accommodations for Religious Observances, and provides other advice on specific accommodation issues.

Please note that the obligation not to discriminate on the basis of religion ("creed") is a statutory duty arising from the Ontario Human Rights Code. It carries with it the obligation to accommodate religious requirements where doing so does not cause undue hardship to the University. For example, accommodation normally requires that scheduled graded term work or tests conflicting with religious requirements be adjusted by providing similar evaluation on alternate dates.

Students who will miss an examination due to a religious observance should not normally be charged an examination deferral fee. However, all other normal examination deferral procedures should apply. With respect to minimum advance notice, the Policy provides that "Students have a responsibility to alert members of the teaching staff in a timely fashion to upcoming religious observances and anticipated absences." Since students would normally be aware of upcoming religious observances as well as examination schedules in advance, a minimum of three weeks advance notice should be considered sufficient.

The dates listed on the web site are provided to assist instructors and those planning academic activities to anticipate when some students might choose to seek accommodations for religious observances. It is important to note that there are many holy days associated with various faiths and that the absence of such dates on this list should not be interpreted to mean that there should be no accommodation for students who observe those holy days. Also, some holy days are already captured by statutory holidays. Finally, some observances are based on an interpretation of the lunar calendar, or a faith practice, and thus may vary by one or two days depending upon the interpretation relevant to a student's faith tradition.

Letters/documentation from faith leaders to support requests for accommodation should not be requested. The reasons for not requesting such letters are as follows: The practice of requiring some sort of faith leader substantiation for requests for accommodation implies a potential assessment of the sincerity of the religious practice. Not all faith traditions necessitate involvement in an organized faith community.

For those using a UTORexchange calendar, the dates for 2013-14 outlined in the table on the 'Accommodations for Religious Observances' web page have been automatically populated in your calendar in the same way as U of T holiday dates (statutory holidays, Presidential holidays, December/January closure). The 2014-15 dates will be populated in your calendar shortly. For other Microsoft Exchange users, please contact your network administrator if you wish to arrange to have these dates added to your calendar.

For assistance in interpreting the Policy and for support in the development of divisional or departmental procedures which are consistent with the Policy, please contact David Newman, Acting Director, Office of the Vice-Provost, Students at 416-978-4027 or

For assistance in devising reasonable accommodations for religious observances and Holy Days, please contact the Multifaith Centre at 416-946-3144 or or the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office at 416-978-1259 or

National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job: Friday, April 26

U of T Observes National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job

All flags on the three campuses will be lowered to half-mast on Friday, April 26 to observe the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.

The National Day of Mourning, officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, is held annually on April 28 in approximately 80 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety,, in 2011 there were 919 workplace deaths recorded in Canada. Since 1993, an average of 898 employees have died from work-related incidents in Canada each year, averaging more than two deaths every day.

From 1993 to 2011, 17,062 people lost their lives due to workplace incidents. The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast as well as those of businesses and other organizations across the country.

The University of Toronto will participate in this National Day of Mourning by lowering the flags in various locations across each campus and through this act affirms its commitment to the promotion of health and safety for all members of the university community and to the provision of a safe and healthy work and study environment.

Appointment: Principal, Woodsworth College

PDAD&C #56, 2012-13

To:   Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni, Woodsworth College
      Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From: Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Date: April 24, 2013
Re:   Reappointment of Professor Joseph Desloges as Principal, Woodsworth College

I am very pleased to announce that Professor Joe Desloges has agreed to serve a second term as Principal of Woodsworth College, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018.

Professor Desloges has provided outstanding leadership since 2008 as the seventh principal of Woodsworth College.  He has enriched the student experience on numerous fronts, including the establishment of the Woodsworth ONE program, the growth of the College's academic writing centre, enhancement of Woodsworth's important academic bridging programs, and further development of the College's summer and study abroad programs.

Prior to being named Principal, Professor Desloges served as chair of the Department of Geography and Program in Planning at the University of Toronto, and is also appointed to the Department of Earth Sciences.  He received his B.E.S. from the University of Waterloo, his M.Sc. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. 

Professor Desloges' research focuses on the influence of climate change and human disturbance on river forms, glacier landscapes and general landform development in the northern hemisphere.  He has won numerous grants and awards for his excellent research and teaching. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

New Department Member

Please join me in welcoming Alicia Tulloch to the Student Services Team.  Alicia joins us from the First Year Office here in our Faculty where she served as the First Year Assistant.

Alicia will act as our front line receptionist and will assist members of the Student Services Team with various duties including general inquiries, graduate admissions, Ph.D. exam scheduling, TA’s, etc.   In addition, she will assist instructors with course work materials, ie uploading info to Blackboard; photocopying course documents (handouts, exams, etc.).  She can also assist with room bookings and with outgoing courier packages and mail. 

Alicia is in the Student Services Office, GB 105 her email is, phone 416 978-3099.  Please drop by and introduce yourself to Alicia.

Engineering Alumni Honours & Awards Committee Recommendations

The Engineering Alumni Honours & Awards Committee recommends that the following distinguished graduates of the Faculty be inducted in the Engineering Hall of Distinction:

Anthony Lacavera, CompE 9T7
Lee Lau, ElecE 7T7, ECE MENg 8T3
Donald Sadoway, Engsci 7T2, MSE MASc 7T3, MSE PhD 7T7
David Wilkinson, EngSci 7T2, MSE 7T4
Anna Dunets Wills, CivE 7T6 

The Committee also recommends that the 2T5 Mid-Career Award be awarded in 2013 to our distinguished graduate:

Samantha Espley, MinE 8T8

Results of the 2013 Elections for the UTM and UTSC Campus Councils and their Standing Committees


To:   Governing Council
         Academic Board
         Business Board
         University Affairs Board
         College of Electors
         Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs
         Professionals, Managers and Confidential Staff
         President, UTFA
         President of Employee Unions
         University of Toronto Alumni Association – Board of Directors
         Presidents of APUS, GSU, UTSU (SAC), UTMSU and SCSU

Date:   April 16, 2013

Subject:    Results of the 2013 Elections for the UTM and UTSC Campus Councils and their Standing Committees

It is with pleasure that I provide the lists of the successful candidates who will serve on the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Campus Councils and their Standing Committees in 2013-2014:


Details of the election results, including the names of all candidates, are available at:


Details of the election results, including the names of all candidates, are available at:

Please join me in thanking all of the candidates who participated in this year’s elections.

I would like to offer my congratulations to those who have been elected or acclaimed in their respective constituencies, and I thank everyone who participated in the elections process.

Thank you for your ongoing interest in University governance.

Advisory Committee for the Appointment of a Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science

PDAD&C#52, 2012-13

To:   Faculty, Staff and Students of the Faculty of Arts & Science
      Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From: Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Date: April 15, 2013
Re:   Advisory Committee for the Appointment of a Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science
CC:   President David Naylor
      The Bulletin

As announced on March 28, 2013, Professor Meric Gertler will end his term as Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science on April 30, 2013, having been named President-Designate of the University of Toronto.  In accordance with Section 60 of the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, President David Naylor has appointed a committee to recommend the appointment of a Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science.  The composition of the committee is as follows:

*     Professor Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost (Chair)
*     Professor Cheryl Regehr, Vice-Provost, Academic Programs (Co-Chair)
*     Mr. Larry Alford, Chief Librarian
*     Ms. Nadine Borduas, Graduate Student
*     Professor Brian Corman, Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education
*     Professor Adrienne Hood, Department of History, Faculty of Arts & Science
*     Professor Ray Jayawardhana, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Faculty of Arts & Science
*     Professor John Magee, Department of Classics and Centre for Medieval Studies, Faculty of Arts & Science
*     Professor Mayo Moran, Dean, Faculty of Law
*     Professor Peter Pauly, Vice-Dean, Academic, Rotman School of Management
*     Professor Yves Roberge, Principal, New College
*     Professor Locke Rowe, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Arts & Science
*     Ms. Cheryl Shook, Registrar, Woodsworth College
*     Mr. Shawn Tian, Undergraduate Student

The Advisory Committee welcomes comments and nominations from interested persons.  These should be sent to the attention of Archana Sridhar, Assistant Provost by mail (Room 225, Simcoe Hall) or by email to

Friday, April 12, 2013

Reappointment of the Ombudsperson

TO:                  Governing Council
                              Academic Board
                              Business Board
                              University Affairs Board
                              Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
                              Professionals, Managers and Confidential Staff
                              President of UTFA
                              Presidents of Employee Unions
                              Presidents of APUS, GSU, SCSU, UTSU (SAC) and UTMSU
                              President of UTAA

FROM:             Richard Nunn
                        Chair, Governing Council

DATE:            April 11, 2013

RE:                  Reappointment of the Ombudsperson

I am very pleased to announce that, at its meeting on April 9, 2013, the Governing Council approved the reappointment of Professor Emeritus Joan E. Foley as University Ombudsperson for a further two-year term to June 30, 2015 and until her successor is appointed and takes office.

The Committee that reviewed the Office of the University Ombudsperson found that the University continues to be well-served by the Ombudsperson and her team.  It found that the structure of the Office effectively enabled the Ombudsperson to focus on systemic issues while the Assistant Ombudsperson would address individual cases and inquiries.  It noted that Professor Emeritus Foley “…had been appropriately proactive in areas that required the attention of the administration” and that her “…extensive experience at the University and her understanding of its structures has enabled her to raise awareness of matters and to work collegially towards potential solutions.”  The Report of the Committee to Review the Ombudsperson 2012-13 is available on-line at

Professor Joan E. Foley has served the University with great distinction over a long career, including the roles of Chair of the Department of Psychology, Associate Dean of Arts and Science, Principal of the University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC), and Vice-President and Provost of the University.  She has served as a member of the Governing Council and as senior assessor to the Academic Board and the Planning and Budget Committee.  She has been committed to advising students over the years, serving as Graduate Secretary of the Department of Psychology early in her career and later as Psychology Program Supervisor at UTSC.  In recognition of her track record as a champion of the student experience, the University’s Alumni Association established an annual award in her name, the Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award.   In 2003 the UTSC named a student residence in her honour.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank her for her continued commitment to the University of Toronto.

For more information about the Office of the Ombudsperson, see

Appointment: Professor Cheryl Regehr as Provost and Vice-President

Memorandum to:   Governing Council
Members of the Academic Board
Members of the Business Board
Members of the University Affairs Board
Members of the College of Electors
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs
Professionals, Managers, and Confidential Staff
President, UTFA
Presidents of Employee Unions
Presidents of APUS, GSU, UTSU (SAC), UTMSU and SCSU

From:                       David Naylor

Date:                        April 10, 2013

Re:                           Appointment of Professor Cheryl Regehr as Provost and Vice-President
I am very pleased to announce that, at its meeting yesterday afternoon, the Governing Council approved the appointment of Professor Cheryl Regehr as Vice-President and Provost for a term beginning September 2nd, 2013 and continuing until February 28th, 2015, or until the position is filled following the customary search/review process.
Professor Regehr is well known to our community from her outstanding work as Vice Provost – Academic Programs, a new role she has defined and held since its inception in July 2009.   However, it seems only appropriate to reintroduce her at this time. 

Professor Regehr earned her BA in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1978 and went on to complete her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto in 1980. She then embarked on a career as a social worker, serving in multiple institutions with increasing responsibility as a practitioner and program leader, and establishing special expertise in the area of recovery from psychological trauma. 
After some years, Professor Regehr returned to the University and received her Doctor of Philosophy in 1995.  She joined the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University that year.  In 1999, Professor Regehr moved back to the University of Toronto, and was appointed full Professor by 2004, with cross-appointments in the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Medical Sciences. 

In the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Professor Regehr held the Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work from 2003 to 2009, and filled multiple leadership roles before becoming Dean in January 2006.  These included directing the Centre for Applied Social Research, the Research Institute for Evidenced Based Social Work, the Centre for Excellence for Child Welfare, and the JD/MSW Program.  

To this day Professor Regehr has sustained an active program of award-winning research.  She continues to publish actively, and serves on peer-review committees and editorial boards in her areas of expertise.  She has been supported as a principal investigator or co-investigator on grants by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada more or less continuously for over 15 years.  The co-author of four books and over 100 journal articles, she was also a three-time winner of the Faculty of Social Work's Teacher of the Year award.  

As Vice-Provost, Academic Programs Professor Regehr has been a key member of the Provost’s leadership team, working with varied constituencies across all three campuses and serving on the board of the University Health Network.  Professor Regehr has done transformative work in the challenging area of quality assurance and standards, enhancing and streamlining the approaches taken by the province, the Council of Ontario Universities, and our own institution.  She has taken a leading role in the University’s growing move to embrace novel methodologies for on-line learning.  More generally, the Provost-designate has been active as an assessor to the Academic Board and its Committee on Academic Policy and Programs, participated in collective bargaining, facilitated cross-faculty interdisciplinary initiatives, and been active in formulating University-wide guidelines on a range of matters.  Even as she has built bridges internally, Cheryl Regehr has shown an unusual ability to navigate the external landscape.  She has won friends for the University and positively influenced decision-makers as both earlier as a Dean and more recently as a Vice-Provost.
In short, Professor Regehr has an outstanding record as a leader, administrator, researcher, scholar, teacher, and practitioner.  Given these considerable accomplishments, it was unsurprising that, on the basis of extensive consultations with a wide range of constituencies, the Advisory Committee concluded that Professor Regehr is an academic leader particularly well-suited to serve as Provost during this transitional period. 

The President-designate and I strongly concur with the Advisory Committee’s assessment.  The 18 month term is designed to ensure continuity of strong leadership while we are in the midst of an administrative transition. Professor Regehr will remain eligible to seek reappointment to the role, as President Gertler begins to shape his own leadership team.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Regehr and welcoming her to this new role.

Presidential Transition

Memorandum to:   Governing Council
Members of the Academic Board
Members of the Business Board
Members of the University Affairs Board
Members of the College of Electors
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs
Professionals, Managers, and Confidential Staff
President, UTFA
Presidents of Employee Unions
Presidents of APUS, GSU, UTSU (SAC), UTMSU and SCSU
President, University of Toronto Alumni Association
Alumni of the University

From:                       Richard B. Nunn
                                 Chair of the Governing Council

Date:                        April 8, 2013

Re:                           Presidential Transition

I am writing to update the University of Toronto community about transition plans for the Presidency of the University.

The Senior Appointments and Compensation Committee of the Governing Council has accepted a submission from President David Naylor, supported by President-designate Meric Gertler, that the current January 1st date for the presidential transition might reasonably be moved forward.  President Naylor will therefore leave office on October 31st and President-designate Meric Gertler will assume the presidency on November 1st.  Plans are underway for an installation ceremony for Professor Gertler soon after.

As most members of our community already know, Professor Gertler will step down as Dean of Arts and Science on April 30th.  Professor David Cameron will be Interim Dean of the Faculty.  Professor Gertler will be on leave until August 31st.  To maintain orderly and fair decision-making, Professor Gertler as a general practice will not be booking meetings related to his new role before November 1st.  However, from September 1st to October 31st, Professor Gertler will be working from an office in Simcoe Hall, and participating in a variety of planning sessions, as well as in internal and external events and meetings with President Naylor.

On behalf of the Governing Council, I want to thank the University community for the support that so many of you have given already in ensuring that the administrative change-over is seamless and effective.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day: Science and Engineering activity for the kids

Hello Everyone,

Each year, lots of Engineering faculty and staff ask outreach and recruitment if we will do a science and engineering activity for their kids on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. We are one step ahead this year!

The Engineering Outreach Office and the Engineering Student Recruitment Office will host your kids (Gr 4-7) on Thursday, April 25 from 2:00-4:00 in GB202 for some age appropriate and thought-provoking fun.

Please email Kirstin at if you would like to join us. Please give your name, department, name of your child/ren, and age of the child/ren.

We look forward to meeting them. See you then!

Janet & Darlee

Janet Hu! nter, MEd | Associate Director 
Engineering Student Recruitment & Retention Office (ESRRO)
University of Toronto | Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
t 416.946.3682 | f 416.849.0408 |

From: uoftemployees-stgeorge-l: Employees on the St. George Campus [] On Behalf Of AVP Human Resources
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2013 9:40 AM
To:< br>Subject: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - Thursday April 25, 2013

The following message is being sent on behalf of Francesca Dobbin, Director, Family Programs & Services, Human Resources & Equity. Any questions, please contact <> .

To:       All University of Toronto Staff and Faculty at St. George Campus
Re:      Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - Thursday April 25, 2013

On Thursday April 25, 2013 you are invited to bring your daughters and sons, currently in grades 4 to 7, to work! For more information and a list of available tours, please visit our website at http://u! starting Friday March 22, 2013.   

Registration begins on Wednesday March 27, 2013.
To register online, go to our website at and select the registration link.  

If you do not have web access, please pick up an information package (which includes the registration form and departmental tour listings) from:

·         Family Care Office, 214 College Street, Main Floor;·         Human Resources, 215 Huron Street, 8th Floor Reception;·         89 Chestnut Residence, 89 Chestnut Street, Human Resources; or,·         Contact Linda Silmer, Event Coordinator at or 416.946.0295.

Registration forms can be faxed to the attention of Linda Silmer at 416.94! 6.3355. Registration forms can also be mailed (via campus mail) or dropped off at: Organizational Development & Learning Centre, 215 Huron Street, 6th Floor.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Thursday April 11, 2013

Please register early! Tour and lunch spaces are limited ! and registration will close early if we reach our maximum capacity.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is sponsored by the following:

·         Office of the Vice-President Human Resources and Equity; ·         Office of the Vice-President & Provost;·         Quality of Work-Life Advisor;·         Organizational Development & Learning Centre;·         Family Programs & Services; and, ·         Camp U of T.

Appointment: Vice-Provost, Students & First-Entry Divisions

PDAD&C#51, 2012-13

To:   PDAD&C
From: Cheryl Misak, Vice-President & Provost
Date: April 2, 2013
RE:   Appointment of Professor Jill Matus, Vice-Provost, Students & First-Entry Divisions

I am very pleased to announce that the Executive Committee of the Governing Council has approved the appointment of Professor Jill Matus as Vice-Provost, Students & First-Entry Divisions for a three-year term effective July 1, 2013.

During the past five years as Vice-Provost, Students, Professor Matus has worked closely with divisional partners and student organizations to institute a wide range of new initiatives for assessing and enhancing the student experience.  She has provided strong leadership in developing a coherent institutional student recruitment strategy, improving the University's recruitment and admission materials and processes, and initiating important entrance and other scholarship programs. She has successfully reorganized several central offices (for instance, the Centre for International Experience and the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation) to provide better services.

The change in title, from Vice-Provost, Students to Vice-Provost, Students & First-Entry Divisions, marks an acknowledgement of the need for enhanced coordination and communication among the first-entry divisions across our three campuses.  In addition, Professor Matus will continue to oversee the operation, administration and delivery of programs and services in Enrolment Services (Student Recruitment and Admissions), the Centre for International Experience and the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, as well as oversee the Division of Student Life Programs and Services on the St. George Campus, including Accessibility Services; Career Centre; Centre for Community Partnerships; Counselling and Psychological Service; First Nations House; Health and Wellness; the Multifaith Centre; Centre for Community Partnerships; Student Housing Service; and Hart House.  She will also continue to be responsible for the development and implementation of University-wide policies affecting students.

Professor Matus holds a BA from the University of Witwatersrand, an MA from Columbia University, and a PhD in English from the University of Toronto. She first joined the Department of English as a faculty member in 1987 (at UTSC) and became Discipline Representative for English from 1994. From 2002-2004 she served as Associate Graduate Director in the Department of English. She was Vice-Principal of University College from 2005-08, and Acting Principal in 2007.  In 2008, she was appointed Vice Provost, Students.  In all of these roles she has shown a deep commitment to the student experience.  Upon her initial appointment, the advisory committee in 2007-08 had identified a number of characteristics as essential for this position, all of which Professor Matus continues to demonstrate: for instance, direct experience in undergraduate education, an understanding of the role of college life in the student experience, and a tri-campus orientation.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor Matus has written several books and numerous articles on nineteenth-century British fiction, particularly the work of George Eliot, Dickens, the Bront√ęs, and Elizabeth Gaskell. Her research interests include Victorian conceptions of mind and body and the relationship of the novel to the medical and psychological discourse of its time.  A secondary research interest is contemporary African-American literature.  She lectures widely internationally and has presented her research at many conferences and seminars.

Welcome to the CIV-MIN Blog

This is where we compile all the announcements, postings and non-urgent alerts that used to clog up your email inbox. Feel free to scroll through the latest postings organized by date below, or check our categorized listings on the right for the information you want.