Jay Pratt joined the University of Toronto as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in 1996. His research is in the field of visual cognition — how humans selectively acquire information from the visual field and how that information influences actions — and for this he won a University of Toronto Alumni Association Award of Excellence and has been elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. For his administrative service, Professor Pratt served as Chair of the Department of Psychology from 2008 to 2013 and Acting Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life in 2013. He was appointed Vice-Dean in 2013.
The Vice-Dean, Research & Infrastructure’s main responsibility is to support and enhance the research mission of the Faculty, including funding for new faculty members, providing support for external research funding, managing the Canada Research Chairs in the Faculty, facilitating commercialization opportunities and providing oversight for the various research units within the Faculty.
Among his accomplishments as Vice-Dean, Professor Pratt established a bridge-funding program to complement government funding for Arts & Science faculty members, and initiated the first postdoctoral fellowship award program at the University of Toronto. As well, he has led many successful infrastructure projects including improvements to labs along with teaching and student spaces throughout the Faculty. He will continue to oversee responsibilities related to capital projects and infrastructure until the end of his term on June 30, 2020.
Key Areas of the Portfolio
- Research support
- Research and teaching space and infrastructure
- Interdisciplinary research units