Planning Process

The academic planning process began in June 2011 and was completed in the fall of 2013.

The process began with a self-study, and was followed by an external review conducted for the provost’s office by distinguished scholars and academic administrators. The process continued with three phases of consultation, each phase informing the next. The consultation began with a green paper focused on four themes: leadership, research, engaging students and managing resources.

Various stakeholders were consulted through a series of town halls, task forces and focus groups.

Cutting across all facets of the Faculty, the process created an opportunity to analyze and rethink the Faculty’s academic degree programs for future students, the research priorities, and the co-curricular offerings available to all U of T students. The resulting plan was approved by University of Toronto governance in the fall of 2013. Currently in its implementation stage, this plan is a roadmap for realizing the Faculty's vision of the future.

Steering group
The KPE Academic Planning Steering Group was established to guide the Faculty’s planning process. Its mandate was to advise the Dean on the strategic directions and priorities identified through that process and to guide the planning process in a fashion aligned with the University of Toronto’s guidelines and policies.

This committee consisted of members whose positions held responsibilities and networks involving all of the Faculty's stakeholders and who were thereby integral to facilitating the broad-based consultation that was so important for the Faculty's evolving academic plan. The steering group was comprised of the following individuals:

  • Dean (Chair): Ira Jacobs

  • Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education: Gretchen Kerr

  • Associate Dean, Graduate Education & Research: Scott Thomas

  • Assistant Dean, Co-curricular Physical Activity and Sport: Anita Comella

  • Chief Administrative Officer: Rosanne Lopers-Sweetman

  • Faculty Member (Tenure Stream): Professor Marius Locke

  • Faculty Member (Athletic Instructor): Linda Kiefer

  • Student Representative, Undergraduate: Khalil Ielaf

  • Student Representative, Graduate: Patrick Jachyra

  • Administrative Staff Member: Andy MacDonald

  • Executive Director, Advancement: Robin Campbell

  • Director, Physical Activity and Equity: Michelle Brownrigg

  • Director, Intercollegiate and High Performance Sports: Beth Ali

  • Director, Public Relations & Communications: Althea Blackburn-Evans


The academic planning and consultation process for the Faculty’s academic plan unfolded in four distinct phases. The consultation was wide, broad-based and transparent. The phases were iterative in nature and were refined at the end of each phase once the previous phase’s results had been evaluated.

The summaries below provide a general overview of the process but are in no way an exhaustive or final list of consultation groups or stakeholders included in the process. The academic planning process for the Faculty followed the guidelines provided by the University of Toronto to all its divisions and as well as the general principles of the University of Toronto’s strategic plan, Towards 2030.


Phase one

The first phase in the planning process consisted of general consultation with all of the Faculty’s stakeholders. This initial phase was based on a discussion document produced by the Dean and the Steering Group, which defined various ideas, themes and lenses through which to examine the future of the Faculty. The consultation sessions in this phase were designed to initiate a dialogue between all stakeholders and the Faculty as well as to inform the Steering Group os the issues and ideas which should be taken into further consideration.

Phase two

The second phase of the planning process was designed to drill down into a more detailed format to address particular issues identified in the first phase of planning. The Steering Group then designated task forces to focus on specific themes (e.g. research, student experience, leadership etc.) and conducted smaller consultations with Faculty stakeholders. These task forces then provided reports for broad review and feedback.

Phase three

In the third phase of the planning process, the first draft of the academic plan was written and presented to Faculty stakeholders and the University community for consultation and feedback. This draft took into consideration feedback garnered from the first two phases of consultation. The consultation process for this phase was similar to that of the first phase (broad-based, discussion-focused) and included additional consultation with external stakeholders to the Faculty both within the University and outside the University of Toronto community.

Phase four

The fourth and final phase of the planning process included high-level consultation with the Faculty and the University’s senior administration. This was also the phase in which the academic plan went through University of Toronto governance for approval. The final version was then posted on the Faculty website and distributed to all stakeholders.