About Us

Faculty Mission

The mission of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto has an international perspective that is influenced by its position within one of the top universities in North America located in a global metropolis. As such, the Faculty is committed to:

1. Educating and developing professionals who have the capacity to engage in and influence our changing world through social work practice, policy and research.

2. Advancing research, practice, and policy that shapes the future of a profession that crosses national boundaries.

3. Providing leadership by mobilizing knowledge that incorporates the range of expertise existing within the broader social work communities that exist internationally.

4. Collaborating with our diverse partners to address social inequities at local, national and global levels.


Faculty Council Constitution and By-Laws

Beginning Autumn 2011, revisions to the Constitution and By-Laws, last approved January 18, 2007, were required in order to ensure their consistency with SGS guidelines.

Please see the Constitution and By-Laws of Faculty Council amended and approved by Faculty Council on January 31, 2012 and approved by the Executive Committee of the Governing Council on March 29, 2012.

High Praise for Faculty from Accreditation Review

In March of 2012 the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work underwent an accreditation site review of the MSW program by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation (CASWE-ACFTS)  for which the CASWE accreditors met with representatives of all the key stakeholders of the Faculty. The CASWE-ACFTS Commission on Accreditation reviews all accredited schools of social work every 7 years.

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work received high praise when the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) confirmed the Re-Accreditation of our MSW Program for the maximum 8-year period, from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2020. They stated that “the Mission Statement and companion statement of values reflect the School’s dedication to preparing social work students who have the capacity to engage in and influence our changing world through social work practice, policy and research, and incorporates principles of social justice, equality, respect for diversity, and a commitment to creativity and innovation. There is clear consistency between the mission statement and the objectives and goals of programs and initiatives of the Faculty”.

The letter addressed to President Naylor by the CASWE was very complementary of our Faculty:

“The Faculty is comprised of outstanding academics, many of whom are leaders in their field, and they have been extremely productive in their research and scholarship. The Faculty has developed a high quality curriculum, and faculty members have a strong commitment to providing students with high levels of support and are exceptionally responsive to community-identified needs……. The MSW program at University of Toronto has much to be proud of and I extend my best wishes for continued success in providing social work education to students in Toronto and its surrounding catchment areas.”

We can each be proud of the important role that each of us  continues to play that helps the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work receive such accolades and great reviews.


The Academic Review of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work November 2009

External Reviewer Report
Prepared by Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D., LCSW
Florida State University

Dean Mishna’s Administrative Response to Reviewer Report