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Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Faculty of Arts & Science is contributing to tri-campus, Indigenous-led, Orange Shirt Day programming and events, including the U of T Indigenous Community Gathering, in recognition of the intergenerational impacts of Residential Schools and our responsibility to nurture our relationships with Indigenous peoples, communities and nations.

All members of the University community are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on September 30 in the spirit of reconciliation. The University of Toronto Bookstore, in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, will have a limited supply of Orange Shirt Day shirts available for purchase with all proceeds directed to Indigenous community organizations.

U of T Indigenous Training

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in U of T Indigenous Training made available through the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. This training is offered throughout the year and links are included below for upcoming sessions. Divisional or department-specific training sessions may also be arranged by contacting John Croutch.

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.

Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society Seminar Series

This week the SRI Seminar Series welcomes C. Thi Nguyen, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Utah whose work explores how social structures and technologies shape how we think. In his provocative talk, Nguyen will explore how requirements for transparency can enact pressures on expert domains with deeply negative results.

Date: September 21, 2022, 3:10–4:30 pm

Reminder: 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

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

  • Teaching & Technology Drop-Ins: September 27, 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.

Inequity Speaker Series

Join the Data Sciences Institute for the Inequity Speaker Series with Professor Miles Corak from the Economics & Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, City University of New York (CUNY), as he discusses the "Divided Landscapes of Economic Opportunity".

Date: September 30, 2022, 11 am–12 pm

Quercus Tips: Letter Grades and Group Calendars

Letter Grade Advisory: Caution should be exercised when using letter grades in Quercus assignments, as the system is pre-configured differently than instructors might expect. Detailed instructions related to letter grades can be found in the Letter Grades document.

Group Calendar Advisory: Students who are in groups in their courses have access to a Group Calendar and may inadvertently post an entry in the group calendar as an “Event,” which sends this item to all members of the group, potentially leading to confusion and errors in important dates. Detailed information related to Groups and Group Calendars can be found in the Known Issues section.

Please reach out to for Quercus and educational technology support.

Important Update from Mitacs — Applications Paused for Ontario Researchers

All new applications for Mitacs Accelerate, Business Strategy Internship, Elevate and international programs have been paused in Ontario until further notice. Please see the U of T Research Alert for further details. A&S contact: Stephanie Fisher and Glaucia Lima.

Graduate Education Innovation Fund

The School of Graduate Studies is seeking proposals from graduate faculty for the Graduate Education Innovation Fund (GEIF) — a three-year pilot project launched in Fall 2021 that aims to support innovative educational practices in teaching, professional development and curriculum development. Ten successful applications were selected last year and received seed grants of $5,000 each.

Call for Nominations: 2023 Awards of Excellence

The University of Toronto Alumni Association has opened nominations and applications for the 2023 Awards of Excellence. This annual program celebrates exemplary members of the U of T community who have made a significant impact through their efforts and engagement. The awards suite includes awards for students, faculty and staff.

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 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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