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Toronto Metropolitan University

Dr. Pamela Sugiman

Dean (currently on leave)
DepartmentFaculty of Arts

Dr. Pamela Sugiman is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University (since July 2016). Prior to this, Dean Sugiman was Chair of the Department of Sociology at TMU (since 2012).

Enhancing undergraduate and graduate education, teaching and student life within the Faculty of Arts are among Dr. Sugiman’s priorities as dean. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto and specializes in oral history, memory studies, women’s history in Canada, racism and racialization, work and labour, and working-class history.

Over the course of her career, Dean Sugiman has built a reputation for collegiality, transparency, creativity and vision. She is committed to issues of social justice, equality and inclusion as an academic leader and researcher.  As Dean of Arts, she has promoted the recruitment of Indigenous faculty, development of Indigenous education, democratic engagement, migration and immigration and student engagement and student-worker experience.

In recognition of her excellence in research, teaching and service, Pam is a recipient of the Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership (TMU), Outstanding Contribution Award (Canadian Sociological Association), Marion Dewar Prize in Canadian Women’s History and has been named the Lansdowne Lecturer and Distinguished Women Scholar, University of Victoria, as well as the W.L. Morton Lecturer, Trent University.

She is a board member of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, Pathways to Education Canada, the Atkinson Foundation, and the National Coalition of Canadians Against Anti-Asian Racism.