Professor 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 has won a University of Toronto Alumni Association Award of Excellence and been elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. For his administrative service, Professor Pratt has served as Chair of the Department of Psychology from 2008-2013; Acting Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life in 2013; and was appointed Vice-Dean, Research & Infrastructure in 2013.
The Vice-Dean, Research & Infrastructure has two main responsibilities. One responsibility is to support and enhance the research mission of the Faculty, including funding for new faculty members, providing support 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. The other responsibility is to improve and increase spaces and infrastructure across the Faculty, for both research and teaching, and provide academic oversight for the Faculty’s capital building plans.
Among his accomplishments as Vice-Dean, Professor Pratt established of 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, teaching, and student spaces throughout the Faculty. He will serve as Vice Dean until July 2020.
Key Areas of the Portfolio
- Research support
- Research and teaching space and infrastructure
- Interdisciplinary research units