Appointment of Provostial Advisor on Graduate Student Funding

PDAD&C #57, 2013-14

To:  PDAD&C
From:      Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date:  May 1, 2014 
Re:  Appointment of Provostial Advisor on Graduate Student Funding

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Sandy Welsh as Provostial Advisor on Graduate Student Funding from May 1, 2014 until April 30, 2015. During this time, Professor Welsh will continue to serve as Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

As Provostial Advisor on Graduate Student Funding, Professor Welsh will bring together Vice-Deans and Associate Deans Graduate from across the University to consider the recommendations of the Report of the Provostial Committee on Graduate Student Financial Support, assess their feasibility, develop guidelines for practice, and establish local approaches to graduate funding. In the course of this work, the Provostial Advisor will communicate regularly with graduate student groups.

Professor Welsh is currently Vice-Dean, Graduate Education & Program Reviews in the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS). Her current program of research centres on workplace harassment and violence as well as the professionalization of alternative medicine occupations. She has written numerous articles and government reports and has been funded through multiple grants from CIHR and SSHRC. She is a Senior Fellow at Massey College and has won the FAS Outstanding Teaching Award. Professor Welsh has extensive academic administrative experience, having served as Special Advisor to the Dean, Acting Vice-Dean Teaching & Learning, as well as Associate Chair of Graduate Studies and Acting Chair in the Department of Sociology. As Vice-Dean, Graduate Education & Program Reviews, she oversees all matters relating to graduate education in FAS, including graduate enrolment planning, administration of funds to support graduate activities, graduate program development and governance matters. Her work is widely respected and admired around the Faculty and across the University.

The University of Toronto is committed to recruiting the best and brightest students, and to ensuring that all students have an outstanding educational experience during their time here. A robust approach to graduate student funding is critical to meeting both of these commitments. I am confident that Professor Welsh’s wealth of experience gives her the ideal background to help us to enhance the University’s approach to graduate student funding. Please join me in welcoming Professor Welsh to this position.