The new School of the Environment is launched

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 11:40:14 AM



The School of the Environment
Faculty of Arts & Science
University of Toronto
July 1, 2012

The School of the Environment is a new and exciting interdisciplinary unit that will enable the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) to better leverage the enormous breadth of environmental teaching and research expertise throughout the Faculty. The establishment of the School for the Environment is intended to enhance opportunities for teaching, inter-disciplinary research and scholarship in environment, spanning the sciences, social sciences and humanities. 

The School will bring together the wide range of expertise across all our disciplines, provide a home for student advising and activity, better support research and scholarship in environment, rebuild shared undergraduate teaching programs, develop graduate programs and reinforce strong links to activities embedded in other disciplines.

The School grew from the earlier Centre for Environment and is the result of many years of discussion and planning and ten months of extensive and intensive deliberation and consultation by the FAS Working Group on Environment and Resources with faculty, staff and students associated with the environment in the Faculty. 

Academic and Professional Development Programs
During the transition in the 2012-13 academic year, the Centre for Environment's current academic and professional programs will continue while new or revised programs are being developed and going through the approvals process.  Current students will be able to complete any program in which they are currently enrolled.  The goal is to have the new or revised undergraduate programs approved and ready for student enrollment by September 2013.  The collaborative graduate programs will continue as is while proposals will be developed for new graduate offerings in the future.

Appointments and Organizational Structure
Existing faculty and staff appointments and organizational structure will be transferred from the Centre for Environment to the new School.  During the 2012-13 academic year, Professor Donald Jackson will serve as Interim Director while a search is conducted for a new Director.