Faculty Engagement

Faculty Engagement. A banner depicting a faculty member and a student interacting with a board game.

Are you a faculty member at UTM? The Centre for Student Engagement (CSE) cordially invites you to participate in a variety of UTM student programming in the Fall 2020 term! In 2020-2021, 116 faculty members participated in various initiatives and helped staff and students build and enrich the greater UTM community. This year, we are happy to repeat our successful past initiatives and welcome returning and new faculty members to participate!

Click on the image below to learn about the benefits of engaging with students in co-curricular activities!

Why participate?

We highly appreciate faculty contributions to our initiatives and recognize the work and time of every faculty participant. All instructors participating in CSE programming receive letters in support of the PTR process in April outlining their contributions to our programming.

Complete this webform to express interest in getting involved in one or more of the opportunities listed below.

Available Opportunities




LAUNCH is a first-year mentorship program that supports student transition & success. For the first week of LAUNCH, we connect students to faculty, to help answer questions, and connect students to the professors at UTM.

What is my responsibility?

Faculty will join the first week of LAUNCH and answer questions presented by the students and the LAUNCH leader. This is done through an interactive game and allows the faculty to have fun while connecting with our new students.

Dates needed: Week of September 13th

Time Commitment: 30 minutes

Target Faculty: We are looking for 6 faculty members from business, 10 from science and 6 faculty members from humanities. 

CSE Indigenous Book Club



CSE Indigenous Book Club

The CSE’s Indigenous Book Club will span over six weeks and focus on books by Indigenous authors that will help engage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in meaningful conversations which focus on Indigenous culture, peoples and history. These community-based discussions will be facilitated by an Indigenous person through open and guided discussions that will help connect the themes in each book to Indigenous people in modern times.

What is my responsibility?

Faculty will help lead the weekly sessions on the assigned book “There There”. Faculty will share their thoughts in questions asked and help probe to increase discussion on topics.

Dates needed: September 29th - November 10th (Every Wednesday from 4pm – 5pm)

Time Commitment: 6 hours

Target Faculty: Faculty across all disciplines are welcomed! 

Parent and Family Workshop



Parent & Family Workshop

There will be multiple synchronous workshops encompassing different topics.

October 2021 – Financial Literacy and Budgeting workshop will be held which is designed to provide strategies for parents and student supporters to work with and teach their students budgeting skills.

November 2021 – Communication with Your Students will be held which is designed to support parents and student supporters with maintaining open communications with their student particularly around more challenging topics.

What is my responsibility?

We are looking for faculty members with expertise in financial planning and/or communication to create and lead a workshop for our parent and student supporter community.  

Time Commitment: 1 hour for the workshop and any additional preparation time

Target Faculty: Faculty across all disciplines are welcomed! 

CCR Validator



Co-Curricular Record (CCR) Validator

A CCR validator provides guidance and support in the leadership development of Student Group members. In order for a student group to receive CCR recognition beyond the application itself, they require a faculty and/or staff member to serve as their validator. On an annual basis, we have new student groups applying for CCR who often are unable to find a validator. We also have some Student Groups already on the CCR whose validator is no longer able to support due to changes in employment (changing campuses, going to a new institution or going on leave).

What is my responsibility?

A validator meets with the student group for a minimum of 3 times a year for 30 minutes and then uploads a list of student UtorIDs into the CCR system for the students who completed their roles.

Dates needed: September - April

Time Commitment: 2 hours

Target Faculty: Faculty across all disciplines are welcomed! 

Social Innovation Project



Social Innovation Project

The Social Innovation Project is an initiative that partners small groups of UTM students with a non-for-profit organization in Peel. The students work with the partner organization over the course of the academic year to develop and complete a project that meets the needs of a challenge faced by the organization. The project is fully-funded or jointly-funded by the Centre for Student Engagement. Faculty will have the opportunity to support the development of project plans along with student learning and development through check-ins and reflection opportunities throughout the academic year.

What is my responsibility?

Faculty mentors will meet with their project(s) groups of students 3 times during the academic year to mentor and make suggestions, ask reflective learning questions, and share resource ideas with project groups. We would also love faculty mentors to sit on a selection panel in late October to select and make recommendations for community-based projects that will move forward.

Faculty advisors will support a small group working on a community-based research project throughout the duration of their project and meet regularly with the group. The faculty advisor will also support students through the Ethics Review for Undergraduate Research process and serve as a faculty supervisor for these projects.  

Dates needed: October - March

Time Commitment:

Faculty mentor: 8 hours per semester

Faculty Advisor: 10-12 hours per semester

Target Faculty: We are looking for 6-8 faculty mentors and 2-3 faculty advisors.

Interested in getting involved? Fill up our webform here.


For all questions and feedback regarding Faculty Engagement, please contact:

Jackie Goodman
Manager, Orientation, Transition and Engagement

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