Career & Experiential Learning

From: Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Academic & Innovations in Undergraduate Education
Sandy Welsh, Vice-Provost, Students
Date: May 2, 2019
Re: Career & Experiential Learning

Priorities identified through the Strategic Mandate Agreement, institutional priorities, and increasing interest from students, faculty, and external organizations (community organizations and employers) have all led to the need for a cohesive and integrated approach in providing our students with experiential learning along a continuum of opportunities. To provide this alignment, Career Exploration & Education and the Centre for Community Partnerships will be formally brought together into one portfolio – Career & Experiential Learning.

This new portfolio will continue to provide leadership and support across the University of Toronto on academic programs and courses where experiential learning opportunities are being developed, working in partnership with Divisional and Campus offices including community engaged learning placements, courses and research projects. In this work, the new portfolio will continue to be closely aligned with formal connections to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education. On the St. George Campus, Career & Experiential Learning will continue to provide leadership on co-curricular student opportunities (e.g. community action projects, volunteering, alternative reading week), working collaboratively with campus partners and UTM and UTSC colleagues on programs and services of institutional value. 

Amelia Merrick will steward leadership for this portfolio in her new role as Director, Career & Experiential Learning, effective immediately. Isabelle Kim will be transitioning from her role as Director of the Centre for Community Partnerships over the next couple of weeks to pursue other opportunities. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Isabelle for her many contributions during her time here and we wish her success in the future. A new role, Assistant Director, Experiential Learning & Centre for Community Partnerships, will be advertised shortly. Amelia will work closely with leadership in both Student Life and the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education as we transition into this new structure.

For further information please contact:

David Newman
Senior Director, Student Experience, Student Life

Heather Kelly,
Senior Director, Student Success, Student Life