Endowed Chairs

To remain competitive with the finest public research universities in the world, Social Work must continue to attract and retain scholars of international distinction. Our Campaign calls for the establishment of a number of endowed chairs in key academic areas. To date the Faculty has endowed 9 chairs.

To learn more about endowed chairs, please contact Judy Scheininger, Director of Advancement at 416-978-5042 or judy.scheininger@utoronto.ca.

Factor-Inwentash Chair in Law and Social Work

This Chair is currently held by Professor Michael Saini

Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare

This Chair is currently held by Professor Barbara Fallon

Factor-Inwentash Chair in Children’s Mental Health

This Chair is currently held by Professor Ramona Alaggia

Factor-Inwentash Chair in Health and Mental Health

This Chair is currently held by Professor Charmaine C. Williams

Factor-Inwentash Chair of Social Work in the Global Community

This Chair is currently held by Professor A. Ka Tat Tsang

Canada Research Chair in Health and Social Justice

This Chair is held by Professor Peter A. Newman

 

The Dr. Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work of the University of Toronto

The Chair provides leadership in housing research, focusing on comparative studies for example, between Canada and Hong Kong. Areas of study include: the linkages between housing and other areas of social and economic policy, the economics of household expenditure on housing; international comparisons and dissemination of “best practices”; demographic and social trends and the changing role of housing; innovations in effective public/private partnerships; and the housing impacts, locally, of global migration of people and housing investment. This Chair is currently held by Professor David Hulchanski.

 

The Ben and Hilda Katz Centre in Gerontological Social Work and The Norman and Honey Schipper Chair in Gerontological Social Work at Baycrest Centre and the University of Toronto

The Centre conducts research and provides education and training opportunities for doctoral and post-doctoral social work students. It also strengthens the contributions of social work to the field of ageing by focusing on clinical research to improve social work practice with older people and their families. The Chair provides overall leadership for the Centre and assists in the development of new approaches to care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

 

The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Chair in Child and Family

The Chair provides leadership in the area of child and family studies for the Faculty. The Chair focuses on research to analyze and determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs targeting high-risk children and families. This Chair is currently held by Professor Faye Mishna.

 

The RBC Chair in Applied Social Work Research

This Chair provides the permanent allocation of a senior faculty member to the field of Applied Social Work Research. The work of the Chair increases significantly the University’s ability to measure the effectiveness of current social service programs and develops new benchmarks to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of new approaches as they emerge. The activities of the Chair help in the refocusing of Canada’s social policy and social services infrastructure. This Chair is currently held by Professor Daniyal Zuberi.

 

Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work

The Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work is held by a social work educator who exhibits superior leadership in research and practice in the field of social work. The Chairholder takes leadership in the Faculty by: identifying emerging trends in the field of social work; facilitating a program of research relevant to these emerging trends; and incorporating this new knowledge in the continual improvement of the social work curriculum. This Chair is currently held by Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson.