Implementing Our Plan
By leveraging our strengths as a Faculty of Arts and Science, we will maximize our potential as an international leader in research and teaching.
As we carry out “Leveraging our Strengths,” we will create an Implementation Plan that identifies a timeline for, and decanal leadership role associated with, each goal. At the end of each academic year, the Dean will provide an update on progress made toward implementing this academic plan. Our new unit-level planning process will, in addition, provide a means for us to evaluate progress toward our goals within units, as well as across the Faculty more broadly. “A&S Updates,” a new weekly communication from the Dean’s office, will provide up-to-date information about key initiatives and achievements related to this Plan.
Over the next five years, we have the opportunity to advance our mission – excellence in research and excellence in teaching – while providing the best possible supports to our faculty, students, and staff. We will work to enhance research in A&S through the identification and development of new funding and partnership opportunities, and through promoting recognition of our outstanding scholars, providing an environment in which our researchers can push beyond the curve. We will create new educational opportunities for our students, enriching their experiences inside and outside the classroom. We will work to provide additional funding and supports for our graduate students, collaborating with our units and with UTM and UTSC to ensure high-quality supervision and research opportunities. We will work with our partners across the institution to support mental health and well-being for all our students, staff, and faculty. We are mindful of the need to support Indigenous research and teaching across the Faculty. We recognize the value of our partnerships, within and beyond the institution, and our role within our communities – local, national, and international – as we work toward our goals. As we implement this plan, we will be attentive to the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do. By leveraging our strengths as a Faculty of Arts and Science, we will maximize our potential as an international leader in research and teaching.