Vice-Dean, Students, School of Graduate Studies
Faculty member, Speech-Language Pathology
I have been at the University of Toronto since 1990. For most of that time, I have held administrative positions, first as Graduate Coordinator and then as Chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology.
Graduate studies are an important part of what makes the University of Toronto such a world-class institution. The domestic and international graduate population at the University also represent the very best of what students have to offer. Students are committed and full of creative, innovative ideas that will shape the world of tomorrow. We owe it to these students to offer them the very best in terms of graduate education. What attracted me to this position is the opportunity to contribute to shaping the graduate education of these students.
Also, I have seen the tremendous effort and resources that are put in place by our administration and the commitment of our faculty and staff members at all levels to support our students.
There have been many extraordinary developments in graduate education. Just to name a few: the significant growth in professional and research-stream programs, the jump in graduate enrolment, the rise in international students from all corners of the world, and the electronic and web revolution that literally has opened the world to our graduate students and faculty.
In many disciplines, research has become a truly collaborative national and international endeavour where institutional, regional, and national boundaries are no longer an obstacle to collaboration. This also has benefitted our students, who very easily can contact researchers, fellow students, and professionals all over the world. This has provided them tremendous opportunity to expand their vision. It also has put pressure on teachers and supervisors to make sure that they offer the most up-to-date knowledge information, as students very quickly can check facts and opinions.
Not all developments are positive—for instance, the current emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and related disciplines for funding and growth at the detriment of other disciplines, particularly in social sciences and humanities, is a worrisome and short-sighted trend that we should address.
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