Appointment of Professor Susan Pfeiffer Dean School of Graduate Studies

PDAD&C #46



Faculty & Staff, School of Graduate Studies

FROM: Professor Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
DATE: June 21, 2004
RE: Appointment of Professor Susan Pfeiffer, Dean, School of Graduate Studies

I am pleased to announce that the Academic Board, under Summer Executive Authority, has approved the appointment of Professor Susan Pfeiffer as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto for a five-year term, beginning September 1, 2004 and ending June 30, 2009.

Professor Susan Pfeiffer is a Professor of Anthropology and since January 1, 2003 has been serving as the Vice-Dean, Graduate Education and Research in the Faculty of Arts and Science.Professor Pfeiffer received her PhD in Anthropology (1976) and MA in Anthropology (1972) both from the University of Toronto.She holds a BA in Religion from the University of Iowa (1968).

Professor Pfeiffer was an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at McMaster University in 1977.From 1977 to 1983 she was an Assistant Professor in Human Biology at the University of Guelph. From 1983 to 1999 she was an Associate
Professor in Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph.She was also an Adjunct Professor in International Development Studies from 1995 to 1999.At Guelph she served as Acting Dean of Graduate Studies for two periods and from 1992 to 1997 she was the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.In addition, from 1986 to 1999 she was an Associate Professor (part-time, cross-appointment) in Anthropology at McMasterUniversity. In 1999 Professor Pfeiffer came to the University of Toronto as an Associate Professor in Anthropology and in 2000 she became a full Professor.She served as Acting Chair of the Department of Anthropology in 2002.

Professor Pfeiffer’s research areas are in skeletal biology, aging, origin of modern humans, foraging adaptations, and forensic anthropology. She is interested in reconstructing the conditions of past human lives from characteristics of bones and teeth, including their biomechanical, chemical, and histological properties. Diet, disease, and behaviour have been of particular interest to her in her studies of past people of North America and South Africa. Furthering our understanding of the foraging adaptation has been a persistent theme, especially in her recent research, which focuses on cortical bone histology, reconstruction of behaviour from skeletal evidence, and foraging adaptations in prehistoric southern Africa.

Professor Pfeiffer is committed to following up on the recommendations of the Report of the Review Committee of the School of Graduate Studies.I am confident that under her leadership, the School of Graduate Studies will continue to work in ways that will further enable it, and all of the Divisions of the University, to achieve our objectives for graduate education and to embody our vision to be a leader among the world’s best public teaching and research universities.