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Here we grow again! UTSC welcomes 24 new faculty members.

A full lecture hall early in the school year. (Photo Ken Jones)

The new academic year continues the pattern of growth in faculty complement that we have had over the previous four years. Twenty-four new faculty members have joined UTSC since January 2013, 15 of whom are filling newly created positions, and five hold the rank of associate or full professor. Furthermore, 11 out of the 15 academic units at UTSC have at least one new faculty member joining them.

This growth reflects our focus over the past few years on attaining a sustainable platform, one of the campus strategic priorities. We all are committed to providing students with an excellent education, and one of the ways to do this is through reducing the faculty-student ratios. These new faculty mark an important step forward.

“It is great news that so many of these hires are in new positions and that we have been able to augment the faculty complement of the so many of our departments,” said Rick Halpern, Dean and VP Academic, University of Toronto Scarborough.

Another strategic goal of the campus academic plan has been to hire faculty who work and teach in new and growing areas of interest. Several of these areas also reflect the growing emphasis in interdisciplinarity, including Global Asia Studies, City Studies, African Studies and Health Studies.

The University will benefit greatly from the addition of five senior faculty members in Psychology, History, and Ecology and Conservation. The 20 tenure stream faculty span the breadth of disciplines at UTSC.

Dr. Zindel Segal, professor in Clinical Psychology, has a world-class reputation for his research on psychotherapy and mood disorders. His appointment will help the Department of Psychology get a solid start to the new graduate programs in Clinical Psychology.

Similarly, associate professors Madhavi Kale and Bhavani Raman will help the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies realize the vision of becoming the world’s leading centre for the study of Tamil World and South Asian History. They come to UTSC from respected positions at Bryn Mawr and Princeton University respectively.

Other associate professors include Kristen Menou who, along with his wife Diana Valencia (also new this year) are excited by the prospect of developing a new centre for planetary science in the department of Physical and Environmental Sciences; and Professor Nicholas Mandrak’s work in biogeography, biodiversity and conservation will augment the department of Biological Sciences’ strong research cluster in this area. 

Also joining us at UTSC several new assistant professors in the departments of Anthropology, English Management, Political Science, Psychology, Physical and Environmental Sciences, and Sociology and the Centre for French and Linguistics. We are pleased to welcome Laura Bisaillon, Michelle Silver, Genevieve Dewar, Katie Kilroy-Marac, Sebastien Drouin, Philip Monahan, Kara Gaston, Michael Hasler, Nicole Klenk, Hanno Rein, Diana Fu, Robert Schertzer, Adrian Nestor and Clayton Childress. These new faculty will provide much needed enhancements to programs in Health Studies, Physics, Finance, Linguistics, and Literature, to name a few.

The ranks of UTSC’s teaching stream has seen an influx of lecturers in Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, Anthropology, and Creative Writing. Sohee Kang joins the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences from a stellar teaching position at Trent University and Jessica Dere joins the department of Psychology from a post-doc in CAMH. We also are pleased that Maggie Cummings and Andrew Westoll, both of who have been with us for a number of years, have accepted new positions in the Departments of Anthropology and English respectively.

“I am delighted to welcome all our new faculty to UTSC. They bring with them cutting edge ideas for research and teaching and a level of excellence that reflect the high caliber of our faculty at UTSC,” says Halpern.

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