Friday, May 24, 2013

NSERC Grant Applications New CV Requirements

Anyone applying for an NSERC Discovery Grant this Fall (either new or renewal) please note that the new Canadian Common CV (CCV) form will be needed to apply rather than the Form 100.  Form 100 will still be accepted for the RTI competition.
Rumor has it that transferring your information to the new format is not a simple process so ensure to start early.

Holiday Schedule 2013-14 and 2014-15

PDAD&C#59, 2012-13

To:   PDAD&C
      Professional and Managerial Staff
      Confidential Staff

From:       Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
      Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost

Date: May 21, 2013

Re:   Holiday Schedule 2013-14 and 2014-15

In planning the University's holiday schedule, we make every effort to provide a two week closure in December, knowing how all of us appreciate the opportunity to have a break and also to match the closure schedule set out by the GTA school boards.  Following consultation with registrars we are delighted to report that there will be a two week closure over the December break for both 2013-14 and 2014-15. 

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Canada Day        Monday July 1, 2013
Civic Holiday           Monday August 5, 2013
Labour Day        Monday September 2, 2013
Thanksgiving Day Monday October 14, 2013
Christmas/New Year      Monday December 23, 2013 to Friday January 3, 2014 inclusive
Family Day        Monday February 17, 2014
Good Friday             Friday April 18, 2014
Victoria Day            Monday May 19, 2014

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Canada Day        Tuesday July 1, 2014
Civic Holiday           Monday August 4, 2014 
Labour Day        Monday September 1, 2014 
Thanksgiving Day Monday October 13, 2014 
Christmas/New Year      Monday, December 22, 2014 to Friday January 2, 2015 inclusive
Family Day        Monday February 16, 2015 
Good Friday             Friday April 3, 2015
Victoria Day            Monday May 18, 2015 

It should be noted that summer hours begin on July 1 and end at Labour Day annually.

This announcement is not intended to establish service or operating schedules in such divisions as the Central Library, ITS, or Facilities and Services, where announcements will be made separately.  In other areas, certain staff may be required to maintain essential services or to provide service to the public.  Staff required to work during holiday periods should be granted compensating time off at a later date.  Employees covered by collective agreements are subject to the provisions contained in their collective agreements.

Supervisors and administrators are requested to schedule holiday staffing arrangements, where required, as far in advance as possible, and are encouraged to consult their personnel officer in Human Resources offices at 215 Huron Street or in decentralized personnel offices for advice.  Any questions about the alternative arrangements that should be made for non-unionized administrative staff who are required to work on a scheduled holiday should be directed to the personnel officer assigned to your area.  Questions regarding the application of the collective agreements for unionized staff should be directed to Human Resources at (416) 978-6503.

We would be grateful if you would bring this schedule to the attention of all staff.

Honorary Degree Nominations

From:             David Naylor, President

Date:               May 17, 2013

Re:                  Honorary Degree Nominations, 2013-14

In September, the Committee for Honorary Degrees will begin meeting to consider candidates for the awarding of honorary degrees at the 2013 and some of the 2014 convocations. We would like to encourage interest and participation in this important process, and urge you and your colleagues to submit nominations for exceptional individuals.

By awarding honorary degrees, the University of Toronto seeks to recognize extraordinary achievement, in Canada or abroad, in community, national or international involvement, and to honour those individuals whose accomplishments are of such generally perceived excellence that they provide, through example, inspiration and leadership to the graduates of the University.  Their esteem should be such that, by virtue of accepting an honorary degree, their presence will bring honour and distinction to the University of Toronto.

Nomination forms and further information, including the Terms of Reference and Guidelines for the Committee are available on the Governing Council website at:

Nominations are welcome at any time; however, the Committee requests that they be received no later than August 16, 2013 to allow for their consideration by the Committee in September. Please submit completed forms to:
The Secretary, Committee for Honorary Degrees
Office of the Governing Council
Simcoe Hall, Room 106
27 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1
Fax:  416-978-8182

The Committee defines as broad a range of categories for achievement as possible in obtaining and considering nominations. In determining the leaders and exemplars to honour, it will seek over time to achieve a balance across disciplines and backgrounds.  The Committee also considers the association nominees may have with the University of Toronto or with higher education more broadly.  The award of an honorary degree is an important statement of recognition and respect from the University to the broader community. It is also an excellent way to build special relationships between your Faculty, Department, Centre or College and outstanding individuals who symbolize the best of our institution.

A Sub-committee for Nominations works to ensure that the Committee is able to consider the broadest and deepest possible pool of high quality candidates. In addition to providing input on the nominations received, the Sub-committee may contact members of the University and external communities in order to generate nominations, and will also follow up with nominators to obtain more thorough information if it is required.

Nominations are kept active for a period of one year.  If you have submitted a nomination since December 2012, it will be brought forward to the Committee for its consideration this September.  For candidates who have not been successful, we recommend a waiting period of not less than 2 years before re-nomination, unless there are special circumstances. We recommend re-submissions that can stand on their own, rather than recycling or relying on earlier nominations, as this ensures that the committee will take a fresh look at the submission.

Please note that it is a requirement that honorary degree recipients attend Convocation for the conferral of their degrees. For two categories of nominees, the conferral of honorary degrees will not normally occur until a minimum of two years has elapsed following their retirement from active service in their field, and consequently, nominations should not be submitted until at least one year has elapsed. First are nominees who are currently active in political life, though exceptions may be considered for Governors-General and Lieutenant-Governors, as well as for judges and others whose appointments place them outside active partisan politics. The second category includes nominees who are serving members of the Governing Council or of the University staff, upon whom honorary degrees should not be conferred until a minimum of two years following their retirement or departure from the University. In exceptional circumstances, the Committee may choose to waive these requirements in order to allow the University to honour truly meritorious individuals.

Please take the time, either on your own or in consultation with your colleagues, to submit one or more nominations. In preparing submissions, nominators should pay particular attention to the statement of reasons for the nomination, and ensure that they provide sufficiently thorough information for the consideration of the Committee. We hope that, with your assistance, a large pool of excellent nominations will come before the Committee for consideration. 

Thank you in advance for your contribution to this important process.

2013 Arbor Awards Call for Nominations


To:       PDAD&C listserv
From:  Barbara Dick, Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations
Re:       2013 Arbor Awards

Since 1989, the University of Toronto has recognized hundreds of the University’s most dedicated volunteers through the Arbor Awards program.  The nomination process for the 2013 Arbor Awards is now underway with all the faculties and colleges preparing their local submissions.

As always, we are pleased to consider nominations of alumni and friends to recognize their service to the general university community.

Your nominations will be reviewed and considered as central award recipients.

Please visit the new Arbor Award website for full details including a complete listing of past winners and to submit your nominations:

Please note the following dates:

Friday, June 28, 2013                    Nomination process closes
Tuesday, September 10, 2013      Arbor Award presentation and reception

Thank you in advance for your consideration.  If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Dick, Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations directly at or 416 946 7680.

Inaugural JJ Berry Smith Supervision Award Recipients


TO:                  Graduate Chairs, Directors, Coordinators and Administrators:
FROM:             Brian Corman, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education
CC:                  Council of Graduate Deans, School of Graduate Studies Staff
Date:                May 14, 2013
RE:                  Inaugural JJ Berry Smith Supervision Award Recipients

I am pleased to announce that Professor Brenda J. Andrews and Professor Clifford Orwin are the inaugural recipients of the JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award which recognizes outstanding performance in the multiple roles associated with doctoral (PhD, EdD, DMA, SJD) supervision.
The annual JJ Berry Smith Supervision Award honours active faculty members who, over a minimum of a fifteen-year period, have demonstrated excellence in supervision at the University of Toronto by:

        inspiring and guiding students to reach excellence in scholarship;
        providing an environment that is supportive and stimulating;
        enabling students to learn the essential methodologies, concepts and cultures of their discipline;
        introducing students to the wider content of the discipline and relevant communities of scholars;
        positioning students for future careers both within and outside academe;
        fostering a strong sense of academic integrity.
Professor Brenda J. Andrews has been a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Genetics since 1990, and is currently the Director of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular research. Prof. Andrew’s achievements are unparalleled as a scholar in life sciences and as a mentor of young scientists. During her time as a faculty member at the University of Toronto she has supervised 23 doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to careers in academia (University of British Columbia, University of Ottawa as well as University of Toronto) as well as outside academia (Senior Research Associates, Lab and Project Managers, Science writers). Nominators described Prof. Andrews as “an inspiring supervisor and mentor, a role model for all of her students…who has successfully balanced an outstanding career as a research scientist with major academic leadership role”. Former students noted that Prof. Andrews always makes time for her students and is a supervisor whose unique talents include turning “a student’s frustration and scientific exhaustion into a recharged fresh outlook”.

Professor Clifford Orwin has been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science for almost forty years. A supervisor whose style of mentorship is often referred to by his students as “tough love”, Prof. Orwin is greatly admired and appreciated for his “exacting standards”. Prof. Orwin has supervised 22 dissertations to completion and is currently serving as supervisor to 6 doctoral students. Prof. Orwin was praised for his commitment to the achievements of his students and their career progress as he guides them to positions both within and outside academe. His students have gone on to academic appointments at Western University, University of British Columbia, Yale University and Emory University; other students have gone on to careers outside the academe as writers, attorneys and policy analysts.  He was singled out by his nominators for his commitment to his students, noting that he is dedicated to “coaxing the very best work from each student”.

Recipients will receive a JJ Berry Smith Supervisory Award Certificate, their name on a plaque housed at the School of Graduate Studies, as well as a SGS Conference or Travel Grant to be awarded by the recipient to support a current doctoral student.

For further information, please contact: Kerri Huffman, Associate Director, SGS Student Services at:

Friday, May 10, 2013

Dalhousie University, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering: Assistant Professor in the area of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil and Resource Engineering is currently seeking an Assistant Professor in the area of Civil Engineering and we would like to solicit your assistance in getting the posting out to potential candidates. 

If you could please circulate or post the attached it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Shelley for Dr. Craig Lake, Department Head-Civil & Res. Eng.

Shelley Parker
Civil & Resource Engineering
Dalhousie University
1360 Barrington Street, Room D215
P. O. Box 15000, Halifax, NS Canada  B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902)494-3241  Fax (902) 494-3108 Web site:


Dalhousie University
Department of Civil and Resource Engineering

Diversity Faculty Award
The Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University invites applications for a probationary tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position is part of the Dalhousie Diversity Faculty Award program. The appointment will be in the general area of Civil Engineering.
Established in 1818, Dalhousie is a leading, research-intensive university offering more than 180 degree programs in 11 faculties. It is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and is located in heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia which boasts a youthful spirit, rich history and scenic waterfront. The Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie has research strength in the environmental and materials area. Currently the Department holds two NSERC Industrial Research Chairs and is undergoing a search for two Canada Research Chairs. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will either assist in growing these research areas or develop collaborations with other faculty in the general area of civil engineering.
Applicants should have the potential to establish independent scholarly research.  The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, develop graduate level courses, and support the Department’s initiatives. The applicant will be expected to establish a strong externally funded research program, supervise graduate student research, and foster existing and new collaborations with government and industry as well as with members of Dalhousie’s research community. Community outreach activities to promote engineering to youth are also part of this position. Consideration will be given to individuals with outstanding communication skills and who can teach fluently in English.
The successful candidate will be a promising scholar who self-identifies in one of the groups covered by the Award: Aboriginal persons; persons of African (Black) heritage; persons with a disability. S/he will possess a PhD (or near completion) in civil engineering. The candidate would also be expected to be eligible for professional engineering registration in the province of Nova Scotia. The successful candidate would be expected to have research strength in structural engineering, engineering mechanics (with civil engineering application), or geotechnical engineering. Ideally the candidate will have experience in industry.
Interested individuals should submit a single PDF file containing a letter of Application, a CV and a statement of teaching and research to: Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering – email: Three letters of reference should be sent directly by referees to the same e-mail address. The review process will commence on 1 June 2013 and continue until the position is filled. For more information about the Diversity Faculty Awards program, please contact Marlo Shinyei, Academic Recruitment Advisor, by phone at (902)494-2965 or by email at
In keeping with the principles of Employment Equity, the Dalhousie Diversity Faculty Award program aims to correct historic underrepresentation. This position is restricted to candidates who self-identify in one (or more) of the following groups: Aboriginal persons; persons of African (Black) heritage; or persons with a disability. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

President's Teaching Award Recipients

PDAD&C#57, 2012-13

From: Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Date: May 3, 2013
Re: President's Teaching Award Recipients

I am extremely pleased to announce that at its meeting on May 2, the Academic Board approved the appointment of the 2012-13 President's Teaching Award Recipients. They are as follows:

o Dr. Chris Perumalla, Department of Physiology and Division of Teaching Laboratories (DTL), Faculty of Medicine o Professor Lawrence Sawchuk, Department of Anthropology, UTSC o Professor Alissa Trotz, Women & Gender Studies Institute and Caribbean Studies Program, Faculty of Arts & Science

The President's Teaching Award recognizes sustained excellence in teaching, research on teaching, and the integration of teaching and research. Recipients of a President's Teaching Award are designated as a member of the Teaching Academy for a minimum period of five-years and receive an annual professional development allowance of $10,000 for five years.

The biographies of this year's recipients as well as more information about the President's Teaching Award are available at

In addition to congratulating this year's recipients, I would also like to thank the nominators for preparing the dossiers and the members of the Selection Committee for reviewing the nominations.

Call for nominations (team or individual): 2013 Excellence Through Innovation Award

To:     PDAD&C; All Administrative Staff

From:   Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity  

Re:     Call for nominations (team or individual): 2013 Excellence Through Innovation Award

Please distribute to all administrative staff on your team(s).

Once again we have the opportunity to recognize U of T’s outstanding staff contributions and I encourage you to take a few minutes to nominate a colleague for a 2013 Excellence Through Innovation Award today.

Complete details of the program, including nomination forms, are available here on the ‘Awards & Recognition’ section of the Human Resources & Equity site.

All award recipients will be invited to a reception at the President’s house on October 28 where they will be recognized for their significant contributions to U of T. Last year, we celebrated the achievements of 109 employees.

This year we’re introducing something new to help promote the award-winning innovative ideas across the University. All award-winning individuals and teams will have their submission reviewed by a panel of members of the University’s senior leadership team in something we’re calling an ‘Innovations Den’. There, the submissions will be reviewed to see how we can take some of these great ideas and adopt them elsewhere at U of T. Stay tuned for more information.

This change is in addition to the two changes introduced last year. These were that:

  • Any staff member may nominate an individual or team for the award, whereas in the past it was implied that only Managers could nominate. If the nominator is not the nominee’s supervisor, he or she will need to discuss the nomination with the person’s supervisor prior to submission.

  • Unionized administrative employees (non-academic employees) may be recognized as members of a team or as individual contributors.

Deadline for nominations

Nominations for team or individual awards must be submitted to the nominator’s Division Head AND their Divisional HR Office by end of day Thursday, July 11.

For more information

Please contact your Divisional HR Office or visit the ‘Excellence Through Innovation Award’ page of the Awards & Recognition section of the HR & Equity website.

Heffernan Commercialization Fellowship

Heffernan Commercialization Fellowship

This is an exciting opportunity for a faculty member to nominate an entrepreneurial PhD or MASc recent graduate for a $32,000 one-year fellowship, with the winning fellow then becoming principal of their newly own created company. U of T is hoping to get a strong selection of candidates for this year's fellowship.

Please note that, via a separate channel, all current graduate students will be receiving notice. Because this opportunity is of potential interest to master's or doctoral graduates from the past few years – our hope is that you would be able to send to your faculty members so they will then approach their graduate alumni who may be interested.

For information please follow this URL


Fellowship Opportunity: Help Bring Novel U of T Technologies to the Marketplace

May 31 Deadline Deadline: May 31, 2013

Calling all faculty members: nominate a recent entrepreneurial graduate for a one-year HeffernanCommercialization Fellowship.

This Fellowship invites a professor to nominate their chosen candidate, and stay involved through mentoring throughout the prototype development and commercialization phases of the project. The end goal is to enable research technology developed at U of T to become new, successful technology-based companies in Ontario.

The winning Fellow will receive $32,000 over the one-year period of this special fellowship and will become the principal of their newly created company.

Join the ranks of successful past fellowship recipients like U of T Computer Science graduate Anand Agarawala, whose rapid-growth start-up company BumpTop was successfully sold to Google. Or Carlos de Oliveira (CivE MASc 0T6), whose research on earthquake-resistant structural casting led to the founding of Cast ConneX Corp.

Guidelines and Letter of Intent. Applications should be emailed to: Laura De Bartolo at:

Appointment of Professor Peter Pauly as Interim Dean of the Rotman School of Management

PDAD&C#58, 2012-13

To:         Faculty, staff, and students of the Rotman School of Management

From:       Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost

Date:       May 8, 2013

Re:         Appointment of Professor Peter Pauly as Interim Dean of the Rotman School of Management

Cc:         President David Naylor
            The Bulletin

I am extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Peter Pauly as Interim Dean of the Rotman School of Management, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, or until the appointment of a new Dean, whichever comes first. 

An extensive consultation process resulted in the resounding recommendation of Professor Pauly as Interim Dean, and I am grateful that he has agreed to serve in this important role.  Professor Pauly is an excellent and highly-experienced academic administrator.  In his current role as Vice-Dean, Academic, he has shepherded the Rotman School through its ambitious expansion and has also been an exemplary University citizen.  

Professor Pauly's academic research interests are in the areas of econometrics, macroeconomics, and international economics. He is a leading scholar in the field of applied econometrics and macroeconomic modeling.  His recent work has dealt with trade and exchange rate issues, and with the theoretical foundations of model-based forecasting techniques.  He has been the author of several books and more than seventy articles in these areas.  He has been a policy advisor to national governments and central banks around the world and serves as a consultant to many national and international agencies.  Since 1981, Professor Pauly has also served as the Executive Director of Project LINK, an international economic research consortium headquartered at the University of Toronto and at the United Nations in New York.  Professor Pauly holds degrees from the University of Hamburg (B.A. 1971, Ph.D. 1976), as well as an honorary degree from the University of Pretoria. 

The Advisory Committee for a new Dean of the Rotman School has been meeting frequently and I am happy to report that our discussions are proceeding well.  Due to the unusual January start time of the search, the committee is still in the middle stages of its deliberations, with an eye to accelerated completion during the autumn term.

SGS Appointments starting July 1, 2013

To:        Graduate Chairs/Directors, Coordinators, Administrators and SGS Staff
From:    Brian Corman, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education  

Dear Colleagues:

Consistent with the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, and approved by the Provost and the Academic Board, I am pleased to announce the following appointments:


Professor John Astington
Acting Director, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013

Professor Joshua Barker
Acting Chair and Acting Graduate Chair, Department of Anthropology
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

Professor Eva-Lynn Jagoe
Acting Director, Centre for Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts and Science
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

Professor Peter Martin
Interim Director, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (extension)
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

Professor Nestor Rodriguez
Acting Chair and Graduate Chair
Department of Spanish & Portuguese
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014


Professor Alan Bewell
Graduate Chair, Department of English [reappointment]
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016 (two-year term over three years)

Professor Donald Jackson
Graduate Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2019 (five-year term over six years)

Professor James Stafford
Graduate Chair, Department of Statistics [reappointment]
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017 (three-year term over four years)


Professor Markus Bussman
Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018

Professor Christopher Yip
Director, Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018


Professor Howard Lipshitz
Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics
July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2016 (revised term of office)


Professor Douglas McDougall
Chair and Graduate Chair
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE
July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2018 (reappointment


Professor George Cree
Interim Graduate Chair, Department of Psychological Clinical Science, UTSC
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

I thank these Academic Administrators for their willingness to serve the University in the furtherance of graduate education.  I am sure that you will join me in congratulating them.

With my best wishes,

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.