University of Toronto

Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life

March 2014

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Spring, it’s almost here!  We’ve been busy in the Office processing appointment files, promotions dossiers and research and study leave requests.  This month we wrap up the majority of our workshops for faculty and academic administrators, but there is still time to register for these (links below).

We’re also continuing to release the results of the 2012 Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) survey which tell us a great deal about what tenure stream faculty like about working at the University of Toronto, and what things we need to improve.  Our COACHE site has articles on the results, infographics, resources for Chairs, and copies of presentations made to the U of T community.  The information is updated regularly, so please have a look at what’s new.

COACHE results; 78.6% of faculty said they were satisfied with U of T as a place to work. (4.04 mean score)

 

 

Events

Retirement Information Session

Each year the Provost’s Office and Human Resources holds a Retirement Information Session on the various retirement options available to faculty members and librarians. All faculty members and librarians who – as of June 30, 2014 – are within ten years of their normal retirement date are invited to attend.

April 10, 2014, 9am-12:30pm, Governing Council Chambers, Simcoe Hall   Register Here

 

Just In Time - Events for Academic Administrators

These sessions, for academic administrators only, are scheduled to coincide with major administrative events in the life of a unit head and will provide an overview of relevant policy, a refresher on the procedures and some tips from experienced pros.

Third-Year Review

March 20, 2014, 12pm-2pm, Governing Council Chambers Register here

 

Breakfast Club 

An opportunity for new and experienced academic administrators to meet in an informal setting, enjoy breakfast and discuss key issues of the day with the Provost and Vice-Provosts.

March 18, 2014, 8am-10am, Upper Dining Room, Faculty Club.   Register Here

 


For Administrative Staff: Academic HR Management Session 5: Faculty Recruitment

The Office of the Vice Provost Faculty & Academic Life will be offering monthly sessions that focus on key processes for administrative staff who have responsibility for faculty affairs.  Each session is designed to coincide with particular processes that occur during the academic year and will provide a review of the relevant policy and a detailed consideration of the process for both the administrative staff member and their Chair or Dean.  Please circulate this to your administrative staff.

Monday March 31, 2014, 1pm-3pm ODLC Register Here

 

Announcements

 

U of T is listening #listenUTEncourage your students to participate in NSSE!

All first- and fourth-year students have been invited to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Securing a high response rate on this survey is critical, both to ensure that the results are accurate and so that we can break down the data by campus, faculty, college and program of study, where it is most useful in decision-making. Please encourage students to participate in the survey by making an announcement in your first-and fourth-year classes or posting the PowerPoint slide (St. George | UTSC | UTM). If you have any questions about the survey, please contact David Newman.

Questions about Copyright?

Do you have questions about copyright?  If so, the University of Toronto Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office is here for you.  A service of the U of T Library, we are here to help you navigate the often complicated questions you may be facing.  If you need help sorting through the copyright issues you encounter in your publishing, teaching, and research, please don’t hesitate to contact us at copyright@library.utoronto.ca.

The School of Public Policy & Governance presents the 2014 Cadario Lecture

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The Honourable. Hugh Segal, Master-elect, Massey College, will respond to Prof. Putnam’s address and Professor Carolyn Hughes Tuohy, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Senior Fellow, SPPG, will moderate.

Monday April 7 from 5:30-7:00 pm, MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen’s Park

Cost: $20 General, $10 U of T Affiliated, Free for UofT Students

To register: https://cadarioputnam.eventbrite.ca Contact public.policy@utoronto.ca for more information

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UTEST

The University of Toronto Early Stage Technology Program is accepting applications for its 2014 cohort. UTEST provides nascent software companies with $30,000 in start-up funding, mentoring, business strategy, office space and access to up to $500,000 in follow-on investment. Professors, students and recent grads are invited to submit applications by April 17, 2014.

Useful Links and Information

Advice on Tenure

A two-part essay with some generic advice about tenure dossiers from Inside Higher Education. Part One Part Two

U of T specific information about tenure can be found here.

Why do faculty work so much?

In Search of Lost Time from Inside Higher Education

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Key Memos

Child Care Benefit Application is now available: Submission deadline is March 14

The new online Child Care Benefit Application process is now available online through Employee Self-Service (ESS) for faculty and librarians.  Applications are due March 14, 2014.  They will be reviewed after the deadline and any eligible Child Care Benefits will be made with your April pay.

Academic Administrator Announcements

There are a number of announcements regarding academic administrator appointments on the PDAD&C memo page.

Mandatory Dates and Upcoming Academic HR Events

Deans of Single Department Faculties

March:

Salary Increases Request updated C.V.s, Annual Activity Reports and Paid Activities Reports on activities during the 12-month period ending the previous month from all academic staff in preparation for performance reviews and PTR allocation.
Leaves Research and Study Leaves scheduled to begin the following July should be confirmed with faculty members by March 31.

March/April:

Searches Begin planning the search process for any approved tenure-stream or full-time Lecturer positions. Establish search committees as early as possible in order to develop a proactive outreach plan. Submit ads now for May issue of University Affairs.

 

Chairs of Multi Department Faculties

March:

Salary Increases Request updated C.V.s, Annual Activity Reports and Paid Activities Reports on activities during the 12-month period ending the previous month from all academic staff in preparation for performance reviews and PTR allocation.
Leaves Research and Study Leaves scheduled to begin the following July should be confirmed with faculty members by March 31.
Tenure Tenure committees must complete their deliberations this month. All dossiers must be received in the Dean’s Office by April 1.

March/April:

Searches Begin planning the search process for any approved tenure-stream or full-time Lecturer positions. Establish search committees as early as possible in order to develop a proactive outreach plan. Submit ads now for May issue of University Affairs.

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