Fall 2023 Newsletter
Message from the Interim Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs
Welcome back to another academic year! Whether you are new to the university or have been with us for many years, we are glad you are at TMU.
The start of a semester brings new beginnings and a renewed sense of excitement for what the year ahead will bring. There is nothing like the buzz on campus when students and faculty fill our classrooms, hallways and labs again.
This year we are thrilled to be joined by 59 new faculty members and four new librarians. To these colleagues, please do not hesitate to lean on your peers and on us for support or to ask questions as you settle into your new academic home at TMU. At one point, we have all been new to a department, school or institution, so we know how you feel, and are here to help!
As many of you know, the university has been in collective bargaining with the Toronto Metropolitan Faculty Association (TFA) since the end of March 2023, with bargaining teams meeting twice a week up until July. We have made progress on a number of key items, however, work will continue into the fall in interest arbitration. In the spirit of collegiality, we remain committed to working with the TFA towards a new collective agreement.
Over the coming months, don’t forget about the great programming the OVPFA has organized for this year to enhance your learning and career development. This includes the Let's Talk Series consisting of 30 workshops on teaching, scholarly, research, and creative activities and wellness, as well as the Chairs & Directors Series which provides practical, hands-on training on topics that relate to the day-to-day duties of chairs and directors.
All the best for a wonderful semester.
Interim Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs
OVPFA Team Updates
The OVPFA has had some staffing changes over the past few months. Here is a brief overview of these changes should you need to reach out for support:
- Mirabelle Arodi joined the office in January, as coordinator, administration and technical support, to support our events, website, communications and programming.
- Ilona Demetriadis will take on the role of supporting faculties in their use of Teaching Assignment Integration (TAI). Please contact Ilona for TAI-related inquiries.
- Asha McClean has left her role at TMU, we wish her nothing but the best! We are in the process of hiring a replacement for this role.
- Crystal Tripple joined us in August from Queen’s School of Medicine to support the TMU School of Medicine.
Exploring Leadership at TMU
Meet Joseph Adu, a TMU Black Scholar
2023-24 Learning and Development Opportunities
- Thursday, Sept. 21 - Let's Talk... Academic Accommodations: Finding Middle Ground
- Tuesday, Sept. 26 - Chairs and Director Leadership Series: Academic Considerations
- Wednesday, Sept. 27 - Let's Talk... Leveraging Digital Tools for In-Person Teaching
- Thursday, Sept. 28 - Let's Talk... Knowledge Mobilization Tools
- Tuesday, Oct. 3 - Let's Talk... Student Panel on Academic Integrity
- Tuesday, Oct. 3 - Let's Talk... Industry Partnerships and Collaborations
- Wednesday, Oct. 4 - Chairs and Director Leadership Series: Budgeting and Financial Management
News and Updates
Resources for new faculty
New to TMU? Check out our new faculty resources page for information on orientation, getting to know TMU, moving to Toronto and much more.
Inclusive excellence in academic life at TMU
Resources and tools to promote awareness, education and action in the advancement of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA) in academic recruitment and evaluation at TMU.
Resources for Department Hiring Committees (DHCs)
On a DHC committee this semester, or looking to join in the future? Take a look at our DHC processes and resources webpage.
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) (external link)
Don't forget, as part of TMU's continued mission to provide diversity information and professional development, we are an institutional member of the NCFDD. To learn more and to activate your membership visit the OVPFA website.
Check out their free 14-day writing challenge (external link) which offers a structured framework to connect you with your weekday academic pursuits and cultivate a consistent writing routine. Register by October 3.