Your source for Arts & Science events, opportunities and information from the Office of the Dean

Academic Appointments

Professor Conrad James has been appointed Interim Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies, effective September 1, 2022 until December 31, 2022. 

Wiegand Memorial Foundation Lecture

The A&S community is invited to attend the 2022 Wiegand Memorial Foundation Lecture and reception, Bronze Gears and Ethereal Spheres: The Antikythera Mechanism and Ancient Greek Cosmology, with author and historian Alexander Jones of New York University. His work centres on the history and transmission of the mathematical sciences, especially astronomy.

Date: September 15, 2022, 6 pm

Inaugural Jackman Annual Lecture in the Humanities 

The Jackman Humanities Institute has established an annual lecture series to celebrate its 15th anniversary. Thomas Hurka, Jackman Distinguished Chair in Philosophical Studies, will deliver the inaugural Jackman Annual Lecture, co-hosted by Dean Melanie Woodin, with a presentation called Games and the Good Life: From Baseball to Business.

Date: September 21, 2022, 4 pm

Fireside Chat with Wes Hall

Dean Melanie Woodin will be hosting a fireside chat with Wes Hall — founder of Kingsdale Advisors, dragon from CBC’s Dragons’ Den and respected business leader devoted to removing barriers in the lives of Black Canadians. Hall will reflect on his journey and answer questions. Faculty, staff and members of the A&S community are welcome to join via livestream. Registration required.

Date: September 22, 2022, 5 pm

Fall 2022 Nominations and By-elections for 2022–23 Arts & Science Council

Fall by-elections will be held in October 2022 for elected positions on the Arts & Science Council and Standing Committees. Nominations for these by-elections will be open until September 23, 2022 for elected positions for undergraduate students, graduate students, as well as administrative and technical staff members of Council.

A&S Teaching & Learning Events

Join the teaching and learning community at the following events and visit the Digital Teaching & Learning website to find available supports and resources.

  • Teaching & Technology Drop-In Clinics: Beyond the First Week (What Now?): September 15, 2022, 11 am–1 pm on Zoom
  • Community of Practice — Mastery Learning in an Introductory Computer Science Course: September 20, 2022, 10:30–11:30 am, in-person and on Zoom
  • Teaching & Technology Drop-Ins (Open Theme): every Tuesday, 12–1 pm on Teams

Call for Applications: Graduate and Undergraduate Award for Scholarly Achievement in the Area of Gender-Based Violence (PDAD&C #7)

This award was established in 2016 in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women, held each year on December 6. Two awards at $1,500 each are available annually — one for a graduate student and one for an undergraduate student. The award is funded jointly by the Office of the Vice-President & Provost and the Office of the Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture. Please share with your students.

Deadline: October 24, 2022

Call for Proposals: Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to provide outstanding recent doctoral students advanced training in their field of study. These fellowships are not discipline specific, but can be held in any department or research unit across the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a supervisor, or supervisors, from the professoriate (tenure stream) within Arts & Science (St. George Campus).

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society Seminar Series

The Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society’s Seminar Series returns for its third season. Every Wednesday from 3:10–4:30 pm on Zoom, participants can join leading scholars to explore innovative new research at the intersection of technology and society.

New ITS Hybrid Hub and Workplace Resources

To assist employees with hybrid work, Information Technology Services has created a Hybrid Hub, with resources, tips and tools to help foster effective hybrid work. The page hosts information on hybrid meeting room systems and equipment, work strategies, teaching support, information security guidelines, general hybrid work FAQs and more. Additional resources for working remotely and working on campus are also available on the Your Workplace Environment web page. Contact your departmental IT team for support and requests.

Data Sciences Institute

  • The Data Sciences Speaker Series: This series focuses on data science and its intersection with other fields. Next speaker: Professor Tamara Broderick, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT. Date: September 19, 2022.
  • Data Sciences Café: Meet once a week for coffee and receive statistical advice for non-statisticians on how to best analyze data. Date: Thursdays, 1:10–2:15 pm, beginning September 29, 2022. No registration required.
  • Data Access Grants: The Data Sciences Institute will provide grants of up to $10,000 to cover costs associated with accessing and working with large data sources that are necessary to carry out data-intensive research projects. Deadline: September 30, 2022.
  • Seed Funding for Methodologists: The DSI Seed Funding for Methodologists initiative supports single applicants working in data sciences methodology or theory. Deadline: October 14, 2022.

Research Workshops, Information Sessions & Webinars

Visit the Centre for Research & Innovation Support for a complete listing of research related information sessions, webinars and panels.

Research Grant Application Support

Visit the Research Services webpage for a full list of A&S grant optional review deadlines and see the A&S Research Services Directory for unit support.

Research Partnership Application Support

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Visit U of T’s COVID-19 UTogether website for regular updates and resources and A&S Together for Arts & Science-specific information.

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