Faculty in the News

Prof. Lin Fang receives SSHRC Partnership Engagement Grant

  Prof. Lin Fang, the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Children’s Mental Health, received research funding from the Social […]

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


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).

Prof. Tanya Sharpe recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award


Professor Tanya Sharpe is the 2019 recipient of the Boston College School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award. The award ceremony will take place on February 1, 2019.

Ontario Senior Achievement Award Recipients

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.

Prof. Peter A. Newman; PhD alumna, Dr. Ashley Lacombe-Duncan; and MSW alumna, Prof. Adrian Guta publish landmark study on PreP

  Prof. Peter A. Newman, along with recently graduated Dr. Ashley Lacombe-Duncan and former MSW student, now […]

Prof. Hulchanski illustrates growing income inequality in Toronto


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

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.

Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard Delivers Electrifying Keynote to U of T Social Work Students

  Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard with FIFSW MSW student. Photo credit: Jim Moore   Senator Wanda Thomas […]

Toronto HomeShare pilot project launched by Dr. Raza M. Mirza and Andrea Austen

Toronto Life magazine interviews Dr. Raza M. Mirza and Andrea Austen on helping seniors rent their spare rooms to students

Toronto HomeShare is a pilot project that aims to address the city’s affordable housing crisis by matching seniors with students. Dr. Raza M. Mirza is a sessional lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Andrea Austen is the City of Toronto project lead on the Toronto Seniors Strategy.


Prof. Shelley Craig receives SSHRC Partnership Grant

  Prof. Shelley L. Craig and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto […]