Appointment of Ken Bartlett as Director of the Office of Teaching Advancement

PDAD&C #36, 2001-2002


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Members of the Academic Board
FROM:   Adel Sedra, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   January 24, 2002
RE:   Appointment of Ken Bartlett as Director of the Office of Teaching Advancement

I am extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ken Bartlett of the Department of History to the position of the first Director of the newly created Office of Teaching Advancement. Professor Bartlett assumed this position effective January 1, 2002.

An accomplished researcher and teacher, Professor Bartlett brings a wealth of experience and ideas to this position. The author of several books, Professor Bartlett's primary research interest is in the area of renaissance culture. He co-chaired the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee in the Faculty of Arts and Science which established the first year seminar (199Y) and the Research Opportunity Program (299Y). He has coordinated these highly successful programs since their inception. In addition, Professor Bartlett has been the recipient of a number of prestigious teaching awards, including the Undergraduate Teaching Award sponsored by SAC and APUS and the Teaching Excellence Award, awarded by Victoria University.

In June 2000, I received a report I had commissioned from Professors Carol Rolheiser and Marilyn Laiken of OISE/UT which made a number of recommendations of ways of enhancing within U of T, including the appointment of a Director to coordinate institutional initiatives. One of Professor Bartlett's first challenges will be to oversee the establishment of the University's Office of Teaching Advancement. The Office will serve the entire University community, developing vital partnerships with existing functions while instituting initiatives that both highlight teaching excellence and ensure continuing professional development among the academic staff.

We are very fortunate to have a scholar of Professor Bartlett's standing in the University community assume responsibility for this extraordinarily important position. His knowledge of the University and commitment to teaching and research will be invaluable assets as we move forward to strengthen our support of teaching. Professor Bartlett's primary ambition will be to reinforce the relationship between teaching and research and to highlight teaching excellence in a research-intensive university. With the recent establishment of Resource Centre for Academic Technology and the creation of the Office of Teaching Advancement, we have two exceptional resources to support excellence and innovation in teaching.