Appointment of Prof Rhonda Love as Director Transitional Year Programme

PDAD&C # 42, 2006-07

From: Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date: February 19, 2007
RE: Appointment of Prof. Rhonda Love as Director, Transitional Year Programme (TYP)

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Rhonda Love as Director, Transitional Year Programme (TYP) for a two-year term, beginning July 1, 2007 until June 30, 2009.

The TYP is a special access program for adults who do not have the formal educational background to qualify for university admission. TYP offers an intensive one-year full-time course of studies leading to entrance to an Arts and Science degree program. It is aimed specifically at those who did not have the opportunity to finish high school because of financial problems, family difficulties or other circumstances beyond their control.

Professor Love is a faculty member in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She came to U of T in 1978 to be the founding director of the MHSc Program in Health Promotion, after having been an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo for three years. She has a B.A, M.A, and PhD in Psychology from the University of Houston, having studied also at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Her major current area of research is in social exclusion and health, with an emphasis on poverty and perceptions of health and well-being. In recent years, she has been part of two interdisciplinary teams conducting research on income and health, and social exclusion and health.

Professor Love is well-known for her commitment to equity issues in academia. She has also held numerous elected positions in local, provincial and national faculty associations. These positions include Chair of the Status of Women Committee, Vice-President for Grievances, and President of the University of Toronto Faculty Association; member of the Status of Women Committee of the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Association; and, Chair of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. She has also been a member of various equity committees at the University of Toronto.

I am confident that Professor Love's academic and administrative experience, as well as her personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, will enable her to provide outstanding leadership as Director.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Tom Mathien for his service as Interim Director of TYP this year.