Interdisciplinary Education and Research Planning

The importance of interdisciplinary scholarship and research at the University of Toronto is firmly embedded in the University’s scholarship and teaching. There is a rich tradition of such work at the University that serves to enhance the student experience both in teaching and exposure to research.

The Policy on Interdisciplinary Education and Research Planning was approved by the Governing Council in 2007. The Policy conveys the commitment to interdisciplinary education and research for the University and assigns planning responsibility.

The Guidelines for Administrative Functions and Protocols of Extra-Departmental Units outline the administrative frameworks and procedures involved in the establishment and work of each type of unit. These are intended to set lines of authority and reporting, and to clarify issues concerning reviews and the work of coordinators or directors. The Guidelines are administered through the Office of the Vice-President and Provost.

The Office of the Vice-President and Provost has developed checklists for the development of Extra-Departmental Units requiring University approval to ensure proposals contain information relating to the criteria outlined in the Guidelines

Checklist for EDU:A            Checklist for EDU:B


Best Practices Reports

In 2007, the Interdisciplinarity Committee formed two working groups to identify and report on best practices for administration and governance of EDUs, and mechanisms for fostering interdisciplinary education and research:

Fostering Interdisciplinarity

Governance and Administration of Extra-Departmental Units