Dean Julia O’Sullivan, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

PDAD&C #61, 2014-15

To:

Faculty, Students and Staff of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs

From:      Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date: February 9, 2015
cc: President Meric Gertler
The Bulletin
Re: Dean Julia O’Sullivan, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

As noted in PDAD&C memo #69, 2013-2014, Professor Julia O'Sullivan will complete her term as Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto on June 30, 2015. The Dean has advised me that she will not seek a second term.

Professor O’Sullivan has demonstrated tremendous commitment to OISE and the role of Dean. Under her leadership, OISE engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning exercise which, among other achievements, resulted in the reorganization of OISE’s academic departments effective July 2012. The planning exercise also endorsed OISE’s strong commitment to graduate programs in education, including graduate professional teacher education. Building upon this commitment and with the help of Dean O’Sullivan’s strong advocacy, the University of Toronto’s Strategic Mandate Agreement with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities secured funding for expanding the master’s-level initial teacher education programs. The Strategic Mandate Agreement specifically noted that this expansion was “in recognition of the differentiated role of the University of Toronto in Ontario and Canadian higher education systems.” 

In addition, Dean O’Sullivan successfully secured a $5 million gift to support a new Indigenous Education Initiative at OISE aimed at generating knowledge that is relevant to education, and the study of education, in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous societies around the world. 

In accordance with the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, I am writing to call for nominations of individuals to serve as Interim Dean. Nominations should be sent to Assistant Provost Archana Sridhar at archana.sridhar@utoronto.ca by February 20, 2015. During the term of the Interim Dean, a review of OISE will be conducted under the University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP). This review will serve to inform the search for a new Dean.

On behalf of the University of Toronto, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to Dean O’Sullivan for her tremendously dedicated service to OISE and U of T.