Events for New Faculty

PDAD&C #9, 2006-07

Date: August 17, 2006

To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs

From: Edith Hillan, Vice Provost, Academic

Re: Events for New and Mid-Career Faculty 2006-07

The Office of the Vice President and Provost is offering a number of orientation and integration sessions for new faculty, as well as events for mid-career faculty, throughout the coming year. In most cases, individual faculty have been contacted directly; however, in some cases, we were unable to obtain contact information. I would ask you, therefore, to bring these events to the attention of relevant faculty and encourage them to attend.

I. New Faculty Orientation and Integration Sessions

Please encourage faculty who joined the University in 2005-06 or 2006-07 to attend the following sessions:

Stepping In Series

Last year saw the launch of the

Stepping In Series of workshops for new faculty at the University of Toronto. These were very successful and will be continued again this year. The sessions are designed to provide new faculty with the opportunity to meet and ask questions about the University in an informal atmosphere; lunch is provided. Faculty may register for the Stepping In sessions at:

Stepping In IV: Integrating Teaching and Research

In conversation with John Challis (Vice President, Research and Associate Provost) and Ken Bartlett (Director, Office of Teaching Advancement)

Thursday, November 30, 2006
12:00-2:00 p.m.
MaRS Discovery District

Stepping In V: Putting Stepping Up into Context

In conversation with Pekka Sinervo (Dean, Faculty of Arts & Sciences) and Bruce Kidd (Dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Health)

.Monday, January 29, 2007
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Faculty Club

Stepping In VI: Being Interdisciplinary

In conversation with David Klausner (Vice-Dean, Interdisciplinary Affairs, Faculty of Arts & Science) and Brian Cantwell Smith (Dean, Faculty of Information Studies)

Date and location to be confirmed

New Faculty and Staff Orientation

Working in conjunction with Human Resources, we are offering orientation sessions for new staff and faculty at the University which focus on the following topics:

  1. The history and structure of the University of Toronto
  2. Understanding
Stepping UP

  • Equity, diversity and inclusivity
  • Excellence and career development
  • Employee services and resources
  • A safe and healthy workplace
  • All new faculty are encouraged to attend one of the sessions which will be offered in September, October or January. Registration is available at

    Orientation for Partners and Spouses of New Faculty

    Offering an introduction to Toronto and information on finding a job, the session also provides an opportunity for partners and spouses of new faculty members to meet colleagues and established faculty spouses at the University of Toronto. The event includes lunch and a tour of the Hart House Art Collection.

    September 27, 2006
    10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    South Dining Room, Hart House

    Registration is available at

    II. Events for Mid-Career Faculty: Stepping Forward

    Mirroring the

    Stepping In Series offered for new faculty, the Stepping Forward events are for mid-career faculty at the University of Toronto which includes those who began working at the University in 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03. These luncheon workshops are designed to provide mid-career faculty with the opportunity to meet with key people at the University in an informal setting to discuss aspects of career development. Please encourage your mid-career faculty to join us for these luncheon workshops.

    Stepping Forward I: Research and Faculty Careers

    In conversation with John Challis (Vice President Research and Associate Provost)

    Thursday, September 28, 2006
    12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Faculty Club, Upper Dining Room

    Stepping Forward II: Academic Leadership

    Date and location to be confirmed.

    Faculty may register at

    If you would like any further information on events or workshops for new or mid-career faculty, please contact