Earlier today (May 12), Trent University announced it would create 25 new faculty positions, including 21 new teaching-intensive positions.
The positions will be distributed across a number of departments in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, education and nursing, as well as Trent’s Durham – GTA campus in Oshawa.
With a focus on teaching and research on teaching, the positions will include four tenure-track positions. The University is also extending limited-term positions from nine to 12 months.
The Trent University Board of Governors approved a balanced budget that include tje 25 new faculty positions, recognizing that enrollment has increased for the third year in a row,
“Now and in the future, (the university) plans to create new faculty positions as the budget allows,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “This year we are focusing on initiatives that will promote teaching and learning at Trent.”
In addition, the university will appoint an associate dean of teaching and learning, who will oversee the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Trent Online.
Trent University also announced that an alumnus donation of $1.25 million would be used to create the Distinguished Visiting Teaching Scholar Endowment. Through the funds, the Centre for Teaching and Learning will annually host a visiting teaching scholar.
This announcement is part of Trent University’s ‘$50 Million Campaign: Unleash the Potential’. It builds on two significant gifts to the Centre for Teaching and Learning last year: the Deborah Berrill Teaching Excellence by Design Studio ( a state-of-the-art studio in the transformed Bata Library) and the addition of four new Trent Teaching Fellowships.
“The teaching-intensive visiting scholar endowment will allow teaching fellows to research, develop pedagogy, and share new models and practices,” said Dr. Cathy Bruce, dean of Education and director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning.