Appointment of Jan Nolan as Director of Faculty Renewal

PDAD&C #55, 2001-2002


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Adel Sedra, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   May 3, 2002
RE:   Appointment of Jan Nolan as Director of Faculty Renewal

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Nolan as Director of Faculty Renewal, effective May 1, 2002. In this new position, Ms Nolan will be responsible for the development and implementation of faculty recruitment and retention initiatives. She will work closely with deans, chairs and members of the senior administration to determine and address requirements of the academic divisions for support and expertise in the process of recruiting and integrating new faculty members. She will also assist the Vice Provost, Faculty and the Vice-President, Human Resources with the development, assessment and implementation of academic human resource policy and procedures.

Ms Nolan has directed the University of Toronto Family Care Office since its inception in 1993. As it evolved, the scope of the office expanded to include faculty relocation issues and in 1999, the Faculty Relocation and Support Program was added formally to the mandate of the Family Care Office. The Family Care Office will continue to offer comprehensive and timely assistance to prospective and newly appointed faculty through its Faculty Relocation Service. There will no change in the approach for provision of such services.

Over the next five years we anticipate the hiring of over one thousand new faculty members. This provides tremendous opportunity and challenge for the University. We have the opportunity to focus on recruiting the very best faculty during this period in order to support our aspirations to rank among the very best publicly funded universities in the world. However, we also face significant challenges as universities throughout the world also seek to recruit excellent faculty. Hence, Ms Nolan's new position focuses both on recruitment and retention. I am sure that Ms Nolan will bring to this expanded mandate the same motivation and creativity that led to the highly successful development of the Faculty Relocation and Support Program and the Family Care Office.