Faculty Recruitment Update

PDAD&C #25, 2002-2003


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Vivek Goel, Vice-Provost, Faculty
DATE:   November 6, 2002
RE:   Faculty Recruitment Update

In the coming year, we expect to undertake searches for over 200 new faculty members. It is vital that we find and hire the very best candidates for these positions. This will represent significant demands on your time and resources and those of your colleagues. The Office of the Vice-President and Provost is committed to providing support to assist you in your recruitment efforts. An overview of the academic recruitment process is outlined in Tab One of the new Academic Administrative Procedures Binder.

This memo highlights some of the resources available to assist you with your recruitment efforts. Complete descriptions can be found at the end of Tab One of the Binder and on the corresponding website, www.utoronto.ca/provost/recruit_support. A revised Table of Contents for the binder is attached to this memorandum. Please feel free to consult with Jan Nolan, Director of Faculty Renewal in the Provost's office, for further assistance or to suggest additional resources that would be of value to your unit. She can be reached at (416) 978-1855 or j.nolan@utoronto.ca.

Recruitment Supports

  • Recruitment Kits are available for distribution to candidates. The kits contain both promotional and practical information about the University of Toronto. Send an email request to faculty.support@utoronto.ca at least one week in advance.
  • The Faculty Relocation website contains a wide variety of information about the University and the greater Toronto area. It can be accessed at www.library.utoronto.ca/faculty-relocation. We recommend that members of the search committee preview the site and that you provide candidates with the URL prior to their arrival.
  • Many departments and faculties have found it extremely useful for candidates to meet with the staff of the Faculty Relocation Service during their initial visit. The Service operates as a separate program within the Family Care Office and provides confidential assistance with most aspects of relocating to Toronto. Appointments can be arranged by calling (416) 978-0951. Please provide as much advance notice as possible.
  • Spouse/Partner Employment Assistance
  • Housing (On-campus units and loans)
  • Tax consultations and financial planning advice
  • Pension information
  • Research support
  • To assist chairs in attracting the broadest possible pool, there are a number of resources that focus on proactive faculty recruitment. These can be accessed on the web at www.library.utoronto.ca/outreach.

In addition, the binder contains sample itineraries and best practice suggestions for getting the most out of candidate visits. Over the next several months, we will be developing resources to provide deans and chairs with enhanced comparative cost-of-living information.

Immigration Issues

In the past year, the University has encountered a range of immigration challenges with the introduction of new legislation and immigration practices in Canada. Tab One of the Binder also includes specific information on the current rules for international searches. A Canadians first policy continues to apply, but Universities are now permitted to advertise and review candidates of all nationalities simultaneously. Questions about immigration issues should be addressed to Rachel Kasimer at (416) 978-2799 or rachel.kasimer@utoronto.ca to obtain further assistance.

Some divisions have experienced difficulties concerning the ability of foreign nationals in the United States to travel to Canada for interviews. This is usually the result of changes in U.S. practices. It is imperative that candidates with concerns verify their U.S. visa status with their own institution prior to leaving the U.S. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that she/he will be eligible for re-entry to the U.S. Please contact my office if you have any questions regarding this issue.

Support for Search Committees

I and the staff from the Provost's office are available to meet with you and/or your search committees to discuss any aspect of the recruitment effort. Please do not hesitate to contact either myself, Jan Nolan or the Assistant Vice-Provost for your area if you wish to arrange this.