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Spring 2023 Newsletter

Message from the Interim Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs

Dear colleagues,

As we come to the end of the winter 2023 semester, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing commitment to our university and to our students. I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude for your support and collaboration as I have settled into this interim role over the past six months. Your collegiality is much appreciated. 

With the arrival of spring and summer, we look forward to pursuing our scholarly, research and creative activities. But be sure to take time to recharge and focus on what you are passionate about; push your boundaries and explore new avenues of inquiry. It is through your continued energy and creative efforts that we are able to build a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment that benefits our students and the wider community.

I’m excited to share that my office is working on a lot of great programming for the next academic year. Stay tuned to our website and your email for more information on future events.

If there is any way the OVPFA can support you throughout the next few months, please be in touch with me directly via email at, or contact any of our team members.

Best wishes for a successful and productive spring and summer.

Patrizia Albanese
Interim Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs

Exploring Leadership at TMU

Lisa Barnoff

Lisa Barnoff, PhD (she/her)
Senior Lead, Social Accountability, School of Medicine; Associate Professor, School of Social Work

A Q&A with Lisa Barnoff on her journey from director, to dean, to senior lead, social accountability. Lisa shares the skills, insights, and connections she's gained through these roles and offers advice for faculty looking to take on leadership roles.

In Case You Missed It

Learning and Development Opportunities

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Let's Talk... Data Literacy and Skills
April 18

The need to understand data and data visualizations has never been more important. This workshop will cover critical data literacy strategies to evaluate charts and graphs, common data visualization issues that lead to confusion and how to find reliable data sources. 

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NCFDD 14-Day Writing Challenge (external link) 
April 24 - May 7

The challenge is simple: write for at least 30 minutes every day - Monday through Friday - for two weeks. Writing refers to any scholarly activity ranging from the spark of a new idea to polishing a near-complete project (article, grant proposal, exhibit, book chapter, etc.). Participation in the challenge is free.

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Learning and Teaching Conference
May 17 - 18

The annual event will bring together the teaching community at TMU to build on what we’ve learned over the past few years about creating accessible, inclusive, and engaging learning environments, and we’ll ask big questions about how we might reimagine our teaching practices moving forward.

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New Faculty Orientation
August 10

New Faculty Orientation 2023 is taking place in person and virtually on August 10, 2023.  (google form) Registration is now open (external link) .


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.

Applicant Diversity Self-ID data now available! 
Equity advocates serving on DHCs can email our office to request access to this information. Watch this video for guidance on understanding and using equity data. 

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (external link) 

Don't forget, as part of TMU's continued mission to providing diversity information and professional development, we are an Institutional Member of the NCFDD.

How to activate your membership:

  • Visit the membership activation page (external link) .
  • Create a username and complete the registration process using your TMU email address.
  • You will receive an email confirming your account is active and that you can access the NCFDD resources.

The free resources available with membership include:

The OVPFA will be monitoring how many memberships are activated, and we will be circulating a survey at the end of the academic year to ascertain whether members find these resources to be useful. Any feedback you may have is greatly appreciated.

Get in touch!
Contact us at with any feedback or suggestions you have on past/future learning and development events.