Reappointment of Professor Sandy Welsh as Vice-Provost, Students (PDAD&C # 41)

From: Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Date: February 14, 2020
Re: Reappointment of Professor Sandy Welsh as Vice-Provost, Students (PDAD&C # 41)

I am delighted to announce the reappointment of Professor Sandy Welsh as Vice-Provost, Students. Professor Welsh is appointed for a five-year term, from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025.  

As Vice-Provost, Students, Professor Welsh works closely with leaders across the divisions and three campuses to continuously improve the student experience at the University of Toronto. As Vice-Provost, Professor Welsh has led a wide range of high-profile initiatives and activities that have benefited the University as a whole. These include the development, and then review, of the Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, and service (through Council of Ontario Universities) as the sector’s representative on sexual violence issues; continuous oversight and improvement of student mental health services, including through her role as an Assessor to the Task Force on Student Mental Health; adoption of the Policy on Open, Accessible and Democratic Autonomous Student Organizations;  joint oversight (with Professor Joe Wong) of enhancements to international student experience and study abroad; and the expansion of Enrolment Services recruitment support for underrepresented groups.

Prior to serving as Vice-Provost, Professor Welsh served as Vice-Dean, Graduate Education & Program Reviews, Acting Chair of the Department of Sociology, Acting Vice-Dean for Teaching and Learning, and Special Advisor to the Dean at the Faculty of Arts & Science. In all of her administrative roles, Professor Welsh has shown a deep commitment to the student experience. Appointed to the Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts & Science, Professor Welsh’s primary research is on workplace sexual harassment, with current funded research focusing on federally-regulated workers.  She regularly provides expert testimony on sexual harassment for the Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Commissions and other legal fora.  Professor Welsh currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Welsh and thanking her for her continued service to the University of Toronto.