Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science

Melanie Woodin

Melanie Woodin.
Photo credit: Summers Pictures.

Professor Melanie Woodin joined the University of Toronto in 2004 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology, and became a Professor in 2017 in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology.  In her research, Professor Woodin works to understand how the brain functions, studying neuronal circuits and the mechanisms underlying learning and memory. At U of T, she has served as the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Cell & Systems Biology; Director of the Human Biology Program; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Issues & Academic Planning; and, most recently, Vice-Dean, Interdivisional Partnerships.

Professor Woodin's five-year term began July 1, 2019. The Dean of Canada’s largest and most comprehensive Faculty oversees the Faculty’s leadership team and focuses on the key priorities of the Faculty, such as faculty renewal, financial sustainability, graduate student support, undergraduate education and internationalization. Moreover, the Dean promotes the Faculty as a global hub for research, teaching and innovation.

In particular, Professor Woodin — an alumnus of U of T — aims to build upon the interdisciplinary nature of the Faculty and its broad range of expertise to help students and faculty leverage the full range of opportunities this breadth provides. 

Meet the members of the Dean's Advisory Council.

Contact the Dean

Daniela Trapani – Executive Assistant to the Dean
Tel: 416-978-5413

Victoria Larke – Director, External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
Tel: 416-946-5313

Request the Dean's Participation

The Dean welcomes every opportunity to connect with our community, but her schedule limits her availability. If you would like to invite the Dean to attend or participate in an upcoming event, please fill out this form as soon as possible, preferably a minimum of 8 weeks in advance.