83 Appointment of Professor Sylvia Bashevkin as Principal of University College

PDAD&C #83, 2004-05


To:   Faculty, Staff and Students of University College                                                           Principles, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:   Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date:   May 6, 2005
Re:   Appointment of Sylvia Bashevkin as Principal of University College

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Sylvia Bashevkin as Principal of University College for a six-year term, beginning July 1, 2005 and ending June 30, 2011.

After completing graduate studies at the University of Michigan and York University, Sylvia Bashevkin began her career at the University of Toronto in 1982 as an instructor at Erindale College.  She was appointed in the Department of Political Science in 1984, and was promoted to Full Professor in 1991.  In 2000, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Best known for her research contributions in the field of women and politics, Professor Bashevkin served in 1993-4 as President of the Canadian Political Science Association and in 2003-4 as President of the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association.  In addition to numerous journal articles and chapters in books, Sylvia Bashevkin has edited three volumes, and is the author of five books as well as a forthcoming study of urban governance reform in Toronto and London, England.  She was elected as a senior fellow of Massey College in 1998.

Professor Bashevkin has held two Connaught Research Fellowships in the Social Sciences at the University of Toronto, and has served as an engaged university citizen on many committees including the Manuscript Review Committee of the University of Toronto Press.  Her research activities, supported primarily by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, have ranged across the substantive fields of public opinion and voting, political parties, social movements, social policy and urban politics.  Professor Bashevkin has been a frequent media commentator and community speaker in each of these areas.

Professor Bashevkin was cross-appointed to University College in 1996 and has played an active role in the life of the College since that time, including as director of the Canadian Studies Program from 2002 through 2004 and as Vice Principal since July 2004.  Her passion for enhancing interdisciplinary learning opportunities for undergraduate students was reflected in the creation of new courses on Asian Canadian and African Canadian experiences in the Canadian Studies Program.

Professor Bashevkin brings a demonstrated commitment to academic and administrative excellence to this position.  I am confident that you will share my enthusiasm in the selection of Professor Sylvia Bashevkin as Principal of University College.