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

Fall By-Elections for 2022–23 Arts & Science Council and Standing Committees

By-elections will be held October 13–14, 2022 for the remaining unfilled undergraduate student, graduate student, and administrative and technical staff positions on the Arts & Science Council. Students and staff are encouraged to vote in this election, so that the outcome represents the widest possible expression of student and staff preferences. Visit the Arts & Science Council Elections web page for instructions, information about candidates and links to the voting pages.

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 11, 2022, 12–1 pm on Teams.
  • CoP Session: Flipped Classrooms and Online Learning — Student Perception and Feedback: October 14, 2022, 11 am–12 pm on Zoom.

An Evening with Toronto's Mayors

In advance of the municipal election on October 24, the School of Cities, in partnership with CBC Toronto, will host five former Toronto Mayors to discuss the new “strong mayor” system and what it means for Toronto and its residents.

Date: October 11, 2022, 7:30–9 pm

Department of Art History: Peter H. Brieger Memorial Lecture

Join the Department of Art History for the 2022 Peter H. Brieger Memorial Lecture. Professor Marisa Bass of Yale University will explore the history of monuments as a history of recurrent forms that reinforce domination and the difficulty of reconciling reactionary forms with our modern republic’s progressive ideologies.

Date: October 12, 2022, 4:30–6:30 pm

Sidney Smith Hall Redevelopment Feedback Sessions

Early plans are underway to redevelop Sidney Smith Hall as a 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.

Hope and Uncertainty: How We Talk About Ecological Catastrophe — An Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Featuring short talks by Professors Marco Caracciolo (Literary Studies, Ghent University) and Shelby Riskin (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, U of T), this event will include ample time for Q&A and open discussion. Join virtually or in person.

Date: October 26, 2022, 3–5 pm

University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards

The University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the University. Candidates may only be nominated by a member of staff, faculty or alumni.

Deadline: November 18, 2022, 5 pm

Call for Supervisors: DSI Summer Undergraduate Data Science Program

The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is preparing for the 2023 Summer Undergraduate Data Science (SUDS) Opportunities Program. Through the SUDS Program, undergraduate students interested in exploring data science as a career path have an opportunity to engage in hands-on research. Interested faculty members and principal investigators who have one or more positions available for a summer student can submit an online form.

Deadline: November 23, 2022

Schwartz Reisman Institute Launches Women in AI Speaker Series

The Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society is launching a new speaker and mentorship series to promote gender equity in artificial intelligence research, in collaboration with Deloitte. The Women in AI Series, featuring six academic lectures presented online monthly, will convene leading AI researchers to share knowledge through seminar events that promote opportunities for women across the technology sector.

Quercus Tip: Assessment Types in Quercus

Instructors can use Quercus Assignments or Quercus Quizzes to collect and assess student work. Quercus Assignments work well for submissions of digital work or images of handwritten work that can then be assessed offline or assessed directly in Quercus. Quercus Quizzes are best used for questions that the system can grade automatically, such as multiple choice questions, but Quizzes can also be used to set up timed completion windows for essays and other submissions. For a pedagogical overview of assessments, visit the A&S Digital Teaching & Learning page on quizzes and tests.

Contact for Quercus and educational technology support. 

Enhancements to Graduate Student Funding

As part of the Faculty’s ongoing commitment to support and improve resources for graduate students, Dean Woodin has approved an additional enhancement to base funding for graduate students.

Final Report of the Review of the Role of the Colleges on the St. George Campus (PDAD&C #9)

The Steering Committee has received the final recommendations and has published the final report of the Review of the Role of the Colleges on the St. George Campus. Thank you to the College Principals, all the members of the working groups, the Steering Committee, and the staff who participated in this project and the drafting of the report.

Arts & Science Process — Principal Investigator Eligibility for Teaching Stream Faculty Members

All Teaching Stream faculty members, Chairs and Academic Directors are encouraged to consult the new Arts & Science process and guidelines for submitting, reviewing and approving My Research Applications (MRA). There is a new, mandatory Arts & Science My Research Application Checklist for Teaching Stream faculty that needs to be included with each new MRA submission, along with the application and budget.

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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