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Dean Woodin Addresses First A&S Council Meeting of 2022–23 Academic Year

Read Dean Woodin’s remarks from the October 19, 2022 A&S Council meeting, where she provided an update on the Faculty and University’s response to recent global events, as well as the A&S community’s role in supporting healthy democratic societies.

Academic Searches & Appointments

International SOS Services for U of T Faculty, Librarians & Staff

U of T has partnered with International SOS to provide a range of services for faculty, librarians and staff travelling abroad for U of T related activities. Services include: trip logistics, tips before your travel, medical and mental health support, and assistance in the event of an emergency like a natural disaster or security incident.

Sidney Smith Hall Redevelopment Feedback Sessions

Early plans are underway to redevelop Sidney Smith Hall as an iconic building and significant new open space that integrates accessibility, sustainability and inclusivity. In collaboration with the Innovation Hub, the Faculty of Arts & Science is looking for student, staff and faculty feedback to inform the redevelopment. Sign up for a feedback session. Contact with any questions.

Data Sciences Institute Speaker Series

  • Data Sciences Speaker Series: Amir Goldberg, associate professor, Stanford University, discusses A Language-Based Model of Organizational Identification Demonstrates How Within-Person Changes in Identification Relate to Network Position. Date: October 20, 2022.
  • Inequity Speaker Series: Cristobal Young, associate professor, Cornell University, discusses Taxing the Rich: How Incentives and Embeddedness Shape Millionaire Tax Flight. Date: October 28, 2022.

Feedback for Upcoming RFP: Computer-Based Assessment Creation and Delivery

The University of Toronto is working to expand the digital tools available to support the creation, delivery and analysis of assessments (e.g. exams, tests, quizzes). As part of this process, we are requesting community feedback specific to computer-based assessment creation and delivery.

Members of the U of T community can provide comments on the Draft Functional Requirements Document for Assessment Solutions by visiting the RFPs at U of T page. For general RFP status and updates, please visit the ACT Major Projects page and dashboard. Contact for Quercus and educational technology support.

Deadline: October 21, 2022

Call for Abstracts: 2023 Undergraduate Research Conference

The Arts & Science Students' Union is now accepting applications for the sixth annual Arts & Science Undergraduate Research Conference. Undergraduate students from all disciplines within the Faculty of Arts & Science will have the opportunity to present their research to an audience of fellow students and faculty members. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share this call with undergraduate students. Contact Sidrah Rana and Jolie Gan with questions.

Deadline: October 23, 2022

A&S Teaching & Learning Events

Visit the Digital Teaching & Learning website to learn more about the following events and find available supports and resources.

  • Teaching & Technology Drop-Ins: October 25, 2022, 12–1 pm on Teams.
  • CoP Session: Teaching and Evaluating Student Writing, November 1, 2022, 3:30–4:30 pm, In-Person and on Zoom.

Inlight Student Mental Health Research Opportunities

The Inlight Student Mental Health Research Institutional Strategic Initiative has launched its first call for research grants, knowledge synthesis grants and research fellowships to improve student mental health and wellness outcomes at the University of Toronto. Inlight is committed to research approaches that ensure students are equal partners in co-creation of the direction, development and execution of student mental health research.

  • Research Fellowship Program deadline: October 28, 2022
  • Knowledge Synthesis and Research Grant Program deadline: November 4, 2022

Invitation to Participate in the Academic Procession at Convocation

Please join the Academic Processions for the Fall 2022 Convocation ceremonies which run from November 7–10, 2022. Members of the Governing Council, faculty and staff can RSVP to participate.

Deadline: October 31, 2022

Call for Submissions — 2022 Office of Indigenous Initiatives Annual Report

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives welcomes units and divisions to provide information on all Indigenous events, activities, programs, policies and new hires that took place at the University of Toronto in 2022. This information will be included in the 2022 Annual Progress Report that is shared both internally and externally.

Deadline: November 4, 2022

Unconscious Bias Education Module 3 Now Available On SuccessFactors

The third Unconscious Bias Training Module, “Interrupting Bias” is now available on SuccessFactors. This module offers suggestions on personal approaches to mitigating bias, with a particular focus on committee dynamics and challenges with equitable assessment. Those who complete all three modules will earn a certificate.

Regrading Quercus Quizzes

Instructors using Quercus Quizzes may, in some situations, need to regrade completed Quercus quiz submissions. The Regrading Quizzes page has additional information and best-practices to consider before regrading quizzes. Contact for Quercus and educational technology support.

Zoom Update Requirement

Zoom will be introducing an update requirement on November 5, 2022. Users will be required to have version 5.8.6 or higher to join or run Zoom meetings. If you attempt to use Zoom with a lower version, you will see an “Error: Update Required” message. Upgrade to a higher version to join and run meetings. Contact for Quercus and educational technology support.

UTORMFA for A&S Students and Casual Staff

At this time instructors may notice a message to students about Multi-factor Authentication (UTORMFA) adoption on the Quercus Dashboard. Student questions should be directed to the Information Commons Team at

Also, casual staff will be scheduled for automated UTORMFA enrolment in the coming weeks and are encouraged to enrol now using the video demo of the enrolment process and starting the self-enrolment. Contact IIT with any questions.

Multi-factor Authentication is now a University requirement. It is a security feature that verifies your identity using a second factor — like a mobile device — ensuring only you can log in, and is being rolled out across the University.

Research Awards & Honours

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 Partnership Application Support

Research Grant Application Support

Visit the Research Services web page for a full list of A&S grant optional review deadlines, view the A&S Research SharePoint for grant preparation information, and see the A&S Research Services Directory for unit 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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