News & Announcements

Prof. Toula Kourgiantakis is a recipient of a 2018-19 UofT Early Career Teaching Award

Category: Faculty in the News


The award recognizes faculty members who are effective teachers and demonstrate an exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation. Each year, up to four awards are offered.

Professor Toula Kourgiantakis is being recognized for developing Practice Fridays for MSW students at the FIFSW.

A ceremony presenting the awards will be held in the Fall of 2019.

The University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award winners are determined by a process of nomination and selection by a committee. The selection committee assess candidates based on proven evidence of successful undergraduate and/or graduate teaching as well as evidence of impact in at least two of the following areas:

  • Initiatives to enhance and/or support student learning (e.g., the development of student mentoring programs, innovative classroom practices, distinct approaches to courses and curricula).
  • Initiatives promoting student-faculty interactions (e.g., development of learning communities, creating opportunities for co-/extracurricular learning).
  • Contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning (e.g., formal/informal research, presentations and/or publications on teaching and learning in a post-secondary environment)
  • Pedagogical contributions outside the classroom (e.g., contributions to departmental/divisional curricular initiatives, work with teaching/learning committees or centres, mentorship of more junior colleagues).
  • Ongoing pedagogical development/enhancement (e.g., professional development to enhance one’s own teaching, evidence of a scholarly approach to teaching).

Ontario Senior Achievement Award Recipients

Category: Faculty in the News

The Ontario Senior Achievement Awards recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through voluntary or professional activities after the age of 65.

Lilian M. Wells of Toronto has spent decades advocating for seniors’ welfare in Toronto. She is a founding member and served two terms as president of the Toronto Council on Aging. She helped design many programs to empower seniors, and her work helped Toronto receive the Age-Friendly City designation from the World Health Organization.

PhD(c) Gio Iacono publishes article on an Affirmative Mindfulness Approach for LGBTQ+ Youth

Category: FIFSW Students in the News


Gio is a PhD candidate, research coordinator and course instructor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Gio also teaches at Ryerson University. His research and scholarly interests include: LGBTQ+ youth mental health, resilience, social work education and mindfulness-based treatment approaches.

Prof. Hulchanski illustrates growing income inequality in Toronto

Category: Faculty in the News


In Toronto, the colour of money is mainly white.

New demographic charts show a strikingly segregated city, with visible minorities concentrated in low-income neighbourhoods and white residents dominating affluent areas in numbers far higher than their share of the population.

MSW alumni, Georgi Georgievski, story of resilience reported in Toronto Star

Category: Alumni in the News, Faculty in the News

Forum Research poll shows that LGBTQ+ students experience greater debt

LGBTQ+ respondents to a recent Forum Research survey on student debt finds that they are more adversely impacted by student debt compared with non-LGBTQ+.

Professor David Brennan, FIFSW Associate Professor, believes lack of family support and mental health costs contribute to the higher debt.