Call for Nominations: 2020 Elections - Governing Council and its bodies

Nominations for election to seats on the Governing Council and its bodies are now being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020. Nomination forms are available at https://governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/elections.

Prospective candidates are advised to review the Elections Guidelines 2020 at the following website: https://governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/elections. These Guidelines provide important information regarding election procedures, nominator and nominee eligibility requirements, campaign principles, allowable campaign expenses, etc.

Additional information about serving on the Governing Council or the Academic Board may be obtained by contacting the Chief Returning Officer, Mr. Anwar Kazimi (416-978-8427; anwar.kazimi@utoronto.ca) or the Deputy Returning Officer, Mr. Patrick McNeill (416-978-8428; patrick.mcneill@utoronto.ca).

Governing Council

The Governing Council is the senior governing body of the University responsible for overseeing the academic, business, and student affairs of the University. Membership includes the Chancellor, the President, 8 alumni, 12 teaching staff, 8 students, 2 administrative staff, 16 government appointees, and 2 Presidential appointees. Members of the Governing Council serve as volunteers.

Governors are collectively and individually stewards of the University and are asked to contribute to decisions that affect the University’s current and future achievements. Not only do elected governors contribute to the advancement of the University's goals and objectives, they have an opportunity to find out a great deal about university issues and processes, such as, institutional budgeting, strategic planning, and academic and non-academic policy making. The Governing Council is responsible for overseeing the University's strategic direction, finances, human resources, capital expenditures and infrastructure, academic quality, and the student experience.

Nominations will be accepted for 8 student and 3 teaching staff seats between Tuesday, January 7, 2020 and Friday, January 17, 2020.

  • 4 full-time undergraduate student seats, each for a one-year term (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021)
  • 2 part-time undergraduate student seats, each for a one-year term (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021)
  • 2 graduate student seats, each for a one-year term (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021)
  • 3 teaching staff seats, each for a three-year term (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023)

Academic Board

The Academic Board is composed of 117 members, 51 of whom are elected teaching staff. The Board is responsible for such matters as admissions and awards policies; establishment of new academic programs; establishment, termination, or restructuring of academic units; academic appointments policy; budget guidelines and annual budgets; capital plans and projects; curriculum and academic regulations; academic discipline; and research policy.

Nominations for the following 18 teaching staff seats will be accepted between Tuesday, January 7, 2020 and Friday, January 17, 2020, each for a three-year term (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023):

  • Arts and Science: 4 seats
  • Applied Science and Engineering: 1 seat
  • Information: 1 seat
  • Law: 1 seat
  • Medicine: 5 seats
  • Nursing: 1 seat
  • OISE: 1 seat
  • Public Health: 1 seat
  • UTM: 1 seat
  • UTSC: 1 seat
  • Librarians: 1 seat