University of Toronto

Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life

History

 A Brief Timeline of Events
Intended to serve as an overview for anyone wondering how ARC came to be, the excerpts below are taken from official records of negotiations and policy documents that led to the historic creation of the University of Toronto’s Academic Retiree Centre.

The relevant history can be divided into two sections, with March 14, 2005 as the dividing point. Before March 14, 2005, retirement was mandatory at age 65, and since that date, retirement is no longer mandatory. This development set into motion negotiations for more and improved services for retirees and the provision of space for a retiree centre.

February 14, 2002: Policy on Assignment and Usage of Academic Offices approved by the Governing Council of the University of Toronto.

“…offices are not automatically assigned to Professors Emeriti; individual requests should be considered by department chairs and assessed in the context of the total contribution to the department/faculty; typically, such offices would be shared by three individuals.”

March 14, 2005 2 AM: Agreement between the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto Faculty Association on Retirement Matters. Signed by UofT: Vivek Goel, Angela Hildyard. UTFA: George Luste, Tom Alloway, Peter Russell, Mary Pugh, Ken Lavin, Margaret Procter, Joseph Boyle.

 

The University and the Association agree to the elimination of mandatory retirement, effective June 30, 2006 …15 Senior Scholar/Retiree Centresa) The University will develop, in consultation with UTFA and RALUT, a Statement of Commitment to Retired Faculty Members and Librarians for approval by Governing Council no later than June 30, 2005. The statement will profile the important role that retired faculty can play in the life of the University and the ways in which the University may recognize and support these contributions.

b) Subject to the Approval of the Statement by Governing Council the University will appoint Project Planning Committees for the Senior Scholar/Retiree Centres on each campus. Each such committee will be established no later than Sept. 30, 2005 with committees to be established at University of Toronto at Mississauga and University of Toronto at Scarborough within a reasonable time period.

c) The parties have also agreed to a “Letter of Understanding with regard to Retired Faculty and Librarians.”


March 14, 2005, 4AM: Letter of Understanding Between the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and The University of Toronto Faculty Association with regard to Retired Faculty and Librarians approved by the Governing Council of the University of Toronto.

 

The University is committed to the establishment of retiree centres on each campus. These Centres, which will represent a first for Canada and reflect best practice within peer institutions in the US, will develop and administer, in collaboration with retirees and those soon to retire, a range of programmes and facilities to support retired Faculty Members and Librarians in continuing their intellectual activities and to retain their connection with the University. The University will immediately commence its efforts to establish these Centres… Retired faculty members and librarians should have reasonable access to shared office space at the University. Such access should include facilities to receive mail and email at a University address, access to a computer connected to the University network, and access to lockable space in which to store files and other personal property. Ideally, these facilities should be in or near the retired faculty member’s or librarian’s department or college. When space in the department or college is not available, these facilities should be provided in an appropriately equipped and staffed Senior Scholar/Emeritus Centre to be located on the retired faculty member’s or librarian’s campus.

June 29, 2005: Statement of Commitment to Retired Faculty and Librarians approved by the Governing Council of the University of Toronto.

 

The University commits to the following:a) Retiree/Senior Scholars Centres: The University of Toronto is committed to establishing Retiree/Senior Scholar Centres on all three of its campuses.b) Office space: Retired faculty and librarians should have reasonable access to shared office space at the University (in accordance with the University’s space standards and the Policy on Assignment and Usage of Academic Offices) allowing for desk space, mail, email, a networked computer and lockable filing cabinets. In the event that there is not space available within the retiree’s department or college, these facilities may be provided in the Retiree/Senior Scholars Centres to be established on all three campuses.


Fall 2005: First Meetings of the Project Planning Committee for the Senior Scholar/Retiree Centre, St. George Campus

December 31, 2006: Memorandum of Agreement between The Governing Council of the University of Toronto and The University of Toronto Faculty Association The Governing Council of the University of Toronto: Rose M. Patten, Chairman, D. Naylor, President; The University of Toronto Faculty Association: George Luste, President, Tom Alloway, Vice-President.

March 2008: Final Report of the Project Planning Committee for the Senior Scholar/Retiree Centre St. George Campus submitted to Planning & Budget Committee. Committee membership: Professor Edith Hillan Vice Provost Academic (co-chair); Ms Elizabeth Sisam, Assistant Vice President Campus and Facilities Planning (co-chair); Dr Sara-Jane Finlay, Director, Academic Human Resources; Professor David Cook, Principal, Victoria College; Professor Brian Corman, Chair, Department of English, Faculty of Arts & Science; Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson, Faculty of Social Work; Professor Wayne Hindmarsh, Faculty of Pharmacy; Ms Leanne Pepper, Manager, Faculty Club; Professor Tom Alloway, UTM, VP (Salaries, Benefits &Pensions) UTFA; Professor Douglas Creelman, President RALUT; Professor Lino Grima, RALUT Executive Member; Professor Allan Jacobs, Retired faculty member UTSC; Professor Peter Russell, Executive Member RALUT, Council Member UTFA; David Bateman, Treasurer, Graduate Student Union (until December 2007); Sara Suliman, Incoming VP External, Graduate Student Union (from January 2008).

May 2, 2008 for May 14, 2008: Report for Information to Planning and Budget Committee, ref. Agenda Item 10. Sponsor: Elizabeth Sisam, Assistant Vice-President, Campus and Facilities Planning.

August 12, 2008: Approval of Project No. 083-08-148, $415,000, central administration Letter from the Office of the Vice-President and Provost to Vice-Provost, Academic Edith Hillan’s office.

February 11, 2009: Renovations begin at 256 McCaul, 4th floor.

June 17, 2009: Occupancy permit achieved.

October 1, 2009: Official Opening Reception of Academic Retiree Centre.

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