Dean, Faculty of Music
Professor Ellie Hisama was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Music beginning July 2021. Professor Hisama joined the University of Toronto from the Department of Music at Columbia University, where she served as the Vice-Chair of the Department of Music, Music Theory Area Chair, and as Chair of the Academic Review Committee at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Professor Hisama recently served as a humanities representative on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Committee on Equity and Diversity at Columbia. In recognition of her service, Professor Hisama was named as a Provost Leadership Fellow at Columbia and as an inaugural recipient of the Provost’s Faculty Mentoring Award for her work mentoring tenure-track and mid-career faculty.
Professor Hisama is an internationally recognized scholar with a focus on interdisciplinary studies, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and the social and political dimensions of music. Professor Hisama is also a regularly invited speaker and presenter on the topic of music pedagogy, and has been nominated twice for the Mark Van Doren Award – the highest honour awarded by students at Columbia to just one professor each year – for her excellence in teaching, great humanity, and inspiring leadership.
Professor Hisama has a BA in English from the University of Chicago, and a BM in Violin Performance and PhD in Music Theory from City University of New York. Prior to joining Columbia University, she was a faculty member at City University of New York.
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