About the Office

The Office

McMurrich Building
McMurrich Building

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life (VPFAL) is responsible for policies and practices that relate to faculty and the distinctive elements of the academic life cycle at the University of Toronto. Specifically, the Office:

  • provides advice and guidance and coordinates provostial approval on a wide range of matters, including: recruitment plans, academic job postings, appointment files, work permits, tenure and continuing status review, promotion, research and study leave, and retirement and emeritus status;
  • serves as a resource for chairs, deans, directors, and administrative staff working with faculty in responding to questions and queries distinct to faculty and their role at the University;
  • supports divisions in understanding and implementing policies and guidelines relating to faculty;
  • offers programming and resource materials for faculty, academic administrators, and staff as they move through or support academic HR processes and the academic life cycle.

Additionally, VPFAL is involved in the development of new and revision of existing policies and guidelines on a wide range of academic matters. In these and other issues or projects related to academic life and academic policy, VPFAL works closely with the Office of the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs; the Director, Academic Affairs; and with senior legal counsel and other portfolios across the institution.

The Vice-Provost

The Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life is responsible for all academic human resource matters concerning the University’s faculty members and librarians, as well as academic integrity across the institution. The Vice-Provost liaises with the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA), and serves as decision-maker in grievances brought by faculty members under the terms of UTFA’s Memorandum of Agreement with the University.

Professor Heather Boon serves as the University’s Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life. Her primary area of responsibility in this role is academic personnel issues, including policy development. The Office of Faculty & Academic Life has responsibility for the development and oversight of a wide variety of policies and programs to support the institutional goal of appointing, promoting, and retaining the best educated, most intellectually creative faculty it can identify. The Provost has designated authority over all academic integrity matters to Vice-Provost Boon.

Former Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, Professor Boon is a licensed pharmacist and holds cross-appointments with the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the safety and efficacy of natural health products and related regulatory and policy issues. Her research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the SickKids Foundation, and the National Centres of Excellence program, among others. Professor Boon has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, as well as numerous book chapters, policy reports, and textbooks. Professor Boon received her BScPhm and her PhD from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.

Staff Directory

Name & Email

Position

Phone

Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life (FAL)

416.978.3742

Heather Boon, Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life

Executive Assistant to the Vice-Provost

416.978.3742

Director, Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life (FAL)

416.978.1855

Director, Academic Human Resources Services & Faculty Relations

416.978.8199

Faculty & Academic Life (FAL) Consultant

416.946.8721

Program & Faculty Development Consultant (on leave May 31, 2021-July 1, 2022)

416.978.6662

Faculty & Academic Life (FAL) Consultant & Immigration Specialist

416.978.6697

Acting Program & Faculty Development Consultant (May 3 2021-July 31, 2022)

416.978.6662

Recruitment & Information Specialist

416.946.0812

Project Assistant

416.978.7296

Faculty & Academic Life (FAL) Advisor

416.864.8144

Information Manager & Faculty and Academic Life Consultant

416.946.0542

Academic HR & Programming Coordinator

416.978.2030

Contact Us

Academic HR-related matters: academic.hr@utoronto.ca

Faculty immigration-related matters: faculty.immigration@utoronto.ca

Academic recruitment-related matters: academic.jobs@utoronto.ca

Programming-related matters: vpfal.prof.dev@utoronto.ca

Academic integrity questions or requests for reconsideration by the Vice-Provost: vpfal.academicdiscipline@utoronto.ca

All other general inquiries: vp.fal@utoronto.ca