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Fall 2021 at U of T

President Gertler shared a message with the U of T community about fall 2021 and optimism that most academic activities will be able to take place on campus this September. There is also an update from the Provost including information about in-person instruction and supports; research and libraries; and ensuring the health and safety of our community. Planning is now underway across faculties and divisions and, here in Arts & Science, we will be working closely with academic units and colleges on the transition and our readiness for fall term. Throughout the spring and summer updates and information will continue to be posted on the Faculty’s website and shared with our community.

Arts & Science Chair and Director Searches

A&S is now accepting nominations for the following Chair search and advisory committees. Nominations are due March 12, 2021. Contact Daniela Trapani with any questions.

Funding to Support Student Access to Work-Integrated Learning

Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada has announced new funding to expand and enhance undergraduate and graduate student access to Work-Integrated Learning (WIL). CEWIL’s new Innovation HUB (iHUB) funding provides up to $1,800 per student to support WIL opportunities involving a Canadian community, government, post-secondary institution, or industry partner.

A&S’s Experiential Learning & Outreach Support (ELOS) Office invites Expressions of Interest from faculty for iHUB funding to support curricular WIL taking place between May and August 2021. ELOS will help with the application process and coordinate submissions. Contact Colin McMahon.

A&S deadline: March 18, 2021

Teaching & Learning Community of Practice Session

Join us for “The Multilingual Lab: Targeted Support for International Students,” and hear professors Hang-Sun Kim and Stefana Gargova discuss supports for international students in first-year German language courses. They will reflect on how their project has enriched the learning experience for both international and domestic students through community building and developing cross-cultural understanding. Visit the Teaching & Learning Community of Practice website to register and for information on other sessions in this series.

Date: March 25, 2021, 12:30–1:45 pm

Call for Applications — Co-Opted Members of Boards and Committees of the Governing Council

The application process for co-opted seats on the Governing Council Boards is now open. Co-opted members are non-Governing Council members who are appointed to serve on the Boards and Committees of the Governing Council. The deadline for applications is March 22, 2021.

Research Opportunities and Support

  • University of Toronto Excellence Award: The UTEA program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to work on summer research projects over 14 weeks under the direction of a faculty member whose primary appointment is in the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George Campus). Deadline: March 25, 2021.
  • Mitacs Information Sessions: Learn how Mitacs funding can accelerate your research program and create opportunities for your trainees. Mitacs for the Sciences: March 31, 2021. Mitacs for the Social Sciences and Humanities: April 7, 2021. A&S contact: Glaucia Lima.

Microsoft 365: New Training Centre

ITS-EASI has launched its Microsoft 365 Training Centre and is offering two new courses for U of T staff and faculty: Introduction to Microsoft 365 @ U of T and High Performance Collaboration. The courses are offered in self-paced and instructor-led formats via SuccessFactors. If you are interested in customized training or are looking for a more in-depth overview of Microsoft 365 products, contact the A&S Divisional IIT team or Sotira Chrisanthidis, Divisional IIT Director.

REDCap Training Series

REDCap is a free, secure web application that can be used to build and manage online surveys and databases. The REDCap Training Series and Office Hours, offered by the Centre for Research and Innovation Support (CRIS), in collaboration with Academic Collaboration Technologies (ACT), will train participants on how to build a project for data collection. Upcoming session: REDCap Basic Training II: April 16, 2021, 10:30 am–12 pm.

Quercus Tip: Restoring Deleted Content

Learn how to restore deleted Quercus content with the “/undelete” feature. If you need support or would like to review additional options, contact

Reminder: Upcoming Deadline to Submit Notice of Intention to Retire for Faculty (PDAD&C #51)

Faculty members who wish to commence retirement on July 1, 2022 must give notice of their intention by July 1, 2021. This is the annual formal reminder of this deadline.

UTogether, COVID-19 Updates & FAQs

Visit U of T’s COVID-19 UTogether website for regular updates as new guidance, strategies and materials become available. Sign up for the Provost's Digest to stay informed. And refer to the following resources, which are updated frequently:

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