Dean’s Message


Welcome to the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto where we educate the social work leaders of tomorrow. Our Faculty is dedicated to transforming lives, communities and the world. Renowned internationally for excellence in education, scholarship and research, we are champions for society’s most vulnerable. Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with others in our complex and ever-changing world. As social workers we are responsible for building a knowledge base of effective policies and practices that is driven by research emanating from real-world questions and concerns.

As Canada’s first school of social work, the Faculty is distinguished by its emphasis on the integration of research and practice in both the classroom and practicum education. Today the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work ranks first among schools of social work in Canada and fifth in North America, recognized for its research productivity. Graduates of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work are equipped with the knowledge, skills and dedication to make a critical contribution, on a local and global scale, to the future of human well-being.

The research we are doing is highly relevant and accessible. Our Faculty, with its commitment to promoting societal well-being, is addressing, in an innovative way, issues that are relevant in today’s world. So many of the issues that are being addressed at this Faculty are challenges that we hear about in the news – challenges that may affect any of us. We are known not only for excellence in traditional scholarship and teaching, but also for innovation in research, dissemination and international collaboration. Our studies are generating new knowledge, informing social work practice and influencing government policy at both the federal and provincial level.

We believe that our work with communities, organizations, families and individuals must be based on the best available knowledge in order to ensure that interventions are successful. Thriving on long-standing partnerships with a wide community of agencies and services, we now have important partnerships with over 300 community agencies. In fact, we collaborate in our research with many of these organizations and social service agencies on relevant and vital issues.

Today, the FIFSW is a dynamic and engaged community, in a strong position to explore society’s increasingly complex global challenges. The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto continues to embrace a leadership role in social work education and research.

As we strive to move the Faculty forward, we are building on the solid foundation of an exceptional community of students, researchers, teaching faculty, field instructors and alumni. The depth and breadth of their intellects and talents – along with the diversity of their experiences and backgrounds – promise an even brighter future.