University of Toronto

Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life

Programming for Academic Administrators & Staff

Assessment of Teaching in Tenure, Continuing Status, and Promotion Reviews for Chairs, Directors, and Members of Teaching Evaluation Committees

Description: The evaluation of teaching is a critical element in tenure, continuing status, and promotion reviews. Led by the Centre of Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI), this is a substantive session on the evaluation of teaching effectiveness that will help those engaged in these reviews to conduct their work in a fair and robust way.

Who should attend: Chairs, Directors, Associate Chairs Vice/Associate Deans, faculty serving on committees

Date: November 21, 12:30-3:30pm

Location: Governing Council Chamber, Simcoe Hall

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Contracts & Agreements

Description: Deans, Chairs, and Directors often find themselves working with contracts. This session is designed to help academic administrators understand the risks of signing contracts, interpret legal terms, and confidently handle the business aspects of running a Unit. Presenters will provide details of the contracts policy and guidelines, and explore case studies and discuss common pitfalls.

Who should attend: Chairs, Directors and supporting staff working on contracts and agreements

Date: February 11, 2020, 12:00-2:00

Location: Governing Council Chamber, Simcoe Hall

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Academic HR Sessions for AAAs

Description: The Chair/Director is responsible for leading the following types of reviews:

  • Interim & Tenure Reviews
  • Promotion in the Tenure Stream
  • Probationary & Continuing Status
  • Promotion in the Teaching Stream


The Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life offers a full day of programming on all of these types of reviews at each campus. The day, grouped into four sessions by the topic areas above, is intended to provide Unit Heads with an overview of the assessment process for each type of review, what materials to gather to support the review, and key strategies for success. The sessions will help Chairs & Directors run fair and robust reviews and avoid common pitfalls.

Who should attend: Chairs/Directors with upcoming reviews. You may register for the full day, or just for the sessions applicable to you.

St. GeorgeĀ 

  • February 28, 2020, 10:30am-4:30pm
  • Governing Council Chamber, Simcoe Hall

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  • February 7, 2020, 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Room 3130, Davis Building

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  • March 27, 2020
  • Room 255, Highland Hall

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Retreat for New Academic Administrators

Description: The AAA Retreat is intended for newly appointed academic administrators. The goals are to:

  • Clarify responsibilities and expectations of academic administrators appointed under the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators (2003)
  • Provide strategies to address some of the key tasks and challenges that new academic administrators may face in their first months in the role
  • Offer information about contacts and resources that will provide support to academic administrators throughout their term

Materials fromĀ the 2019 Retreat have been archived, but we are happy to share copies with 2019 participants. Please contact to let us know which materials would be of interest to you.

Who should attend: Academic administrators beginning their term on or around July 1, 2020 and anyone who missed the 2019 Retreat.

Dates: last week of June (details to come)