Professorial Rank for the Teaching Stream Approved

PDAD&C #102, 2014-15


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs
From: Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Date: June 26, 2015
Re: Professorial Rank for the Teaching Stream Approved


I am pleased to let you know that last night, the Governing Council of the University of Toronto approved amendments to the Policy and Procedures on Academic Appointments [PPAA] relative to teaching stream faculty in full-time continuing appointments. These changes give effect to the new teaching stream provisions which were part of the agreement reached by the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) in the Special Joint Advisory Committee [SJAC] process.

Our teaching stream faculty make an enormous contribution to the University through their superlative teaching skills and creative educational leadership. Their work enhances undergraduate and professional graduate education. The strength of our teaching stream complement has made the University of Toronto a global leader in teaching innovation and a model provincially and nationally.

The approved changes to the PPAA apply to full-time teaching stream appointments on a go forward basis. Some of the changes for new appointments beginning July 1, 2015 include:

  • Professorial rank and titles;
  • An initial contract of four years for all continuing full-time teaching stream faculty;
  • A mandatory probationary review in the fourth year of their initial appointment;
  • A workload adjustment following a successful probationary review;
  • A review for promotion to continuing status in year six.

All current full-time teaching stream faculty with continuing appointments will have a one-time only option to elect to be covered by the amended policy. For most eligible teaching stream faculty, the window for this election will be open from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Over the next few days, all current eligible teaching stream faculty will receive an individualized letter, copied to their Chair or Dean, regarding their opportunity to elect to opt into the new terms of the amended PPAA.

Each letter will set out the window for the election applicable to their particular circumstances and will provide the form for the election. Each letter will also set out some of the terms of their appointment that will be revised if they elect to opt in, and will emphasize the need for each person to review all of the details of their own appointment and the details of the new terms of the PPAA carefully before making their decision. The terms of appointment, including rank and title, of Lecturers and Senior Lecturers who do not elect to opt-in before December 31, 2015, will continue unchanged pursuant to their appointment letters and the PPAA in place at the time of their appointment.

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life will hold information sessions concerning the changes and is happy to come to Faculties/Departments to provide tailored presentations. Please do not hesitate to contact Professor Sioban Nelson, Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life or Jane Harrison, Interim Director of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life should you have any questions. 

This is an important moment for the University and speaks to the tremendous value we place on teaching and learning.