Vice-Dean, Academic Planning

Gillian Hamilton.Gillian Hamilton

Vice-Dean, Academic Planning
Associate Professor, Department of Economics


Tel: 416-978-6782
Executive Assistant: Natasha Kolos
Office: SS2005, Office of the Dean, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street


The Vice-Dean, Academic Planning is responsible for academic planning for all new and existing programs in the Faculty of Arts & Science. The Vice-Dean, Academic Planning works collaboratively with unit-level leaders in the development of new academic programs and degrees, as well as the closure of existing academic offerings, in consideration of the entire Faculty complement of offerings, including program access and enrolment.

The Vice-Dean, Academic Planning reports annually on the implementation of the Faculty’s academic plan and is also responsible for ensuring that the Faculty conducts its academic planning and reviews in a manner that is in accordance with both institutional strategy and the governance policies and procedures of the University of Toronto.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Divisional academic planning process
  • Academic planning process
  • New program proposals
  • Closure of existing academic offerings
  • Program access and enrolment
  • Provincial performance-based indicators, divisional lead


Gillian Hamilton joined the University of Toronto in 1994 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Arts & Science and the University of Toronto Mississauga and became an Associate Professor in 2001. She is an affiliated faculty member with the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. She served as Associate Chair, Undergraduate of the Department of Economics from 2015–2020 and Chair of the Faculty of Arts & Science Council.

Professor Hamilton’s research focuses on Canadian economic history — particularly child labour, marriage and fertility in pre-industrial Quebec. She has served on the Canadian Economics Association’s Executive Council and the Board of Trustees of the Cliometric Society. In 2020, Hamilton received the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Outstanding Teaching Award, a distinction that recognizes teaching excellence in the classroom as well in course design and curriculum development.