Dean’s Welcome

I have truly loved working with graduate students in my previous role as Vice-Dean, Graduate at the Faculty of Arts and Science. It’s been a privilege to share the journeys of so many students acquiring specialized knowledge in their field, and discovering the broad career possibilities that are available with an advanced degree.

So it’s very exciting to introduce myself to you as Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education. I want to emphasize that SGS is here to support you in any way we can. We will help you with the necessary administrative business of grad school, and we will provide you with a variety of other services — such as graduate student wellness counselling and financial advising, professional development opportunities and academic communication supports — that can make your experience of grad school more rewarding, both academically and personally.

We will soon be starting a “Dean’s Brunch” program, following on the Dean’s Breakfasts that my predecessor, Locke Rowe, began during his term. These are great opportunities for you to bring your questions about grad school directly to us, and I look forward to meeting with as many of you as possible.

In the meantime, I invite you make use of SGS resources, talking with our knowledgeable staff, exploring our website, booking our meeting rooms, or simply relaxing in our graduate lounge. Aim for balance in your grad life, remembering the passion that brought you here to U of T while finding time to connect with your family and friends.

I wish you success in the coming year.

Joshua Barker,

Dean, Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education

SGS Dean Joshua Barker

Joshua Barker, New SGS Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research & Education


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