UC Welcomes Acting VP and Reappoints Health Studies Director

University College is pleased to announce that Professor Christina Kramer of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures has been appointed Acting Vice-Principal. Professor Kramer is stepping into the role starting July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, while Vice-Principal John Marshall is on sabbatical. 

Professor Kramer is a specialist in Balkan and South Slavic languages. Her research areas include synchronic linguistics, language and politics, literary translation, and language pedagogy.  She is an experienced administrator, having served as Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures from 2003 to 2011 and as Acting Chair in 2012.  She was elected to Governing Council in 2009-11, and has participated in a wide range of Faculty of Arts and Science administrative and governance roles. 

“The architecture of University College makes it one of Canada’s great buildings, but it is the UC community that makes it one of U of T’s great buildings. I am particularly looking forward to engaging with the UC programs and to interacting more with UC students, faculty, and staff. I am honoured to be given this opportunity to serve UC and to help further its goals of encouraging and supporting students’ engagement with interdisciplinary programs and with our diverse, multicultural, multilingual city,” she says. 

University College is also pleased to announce the reappointment of Professor Sarah Wakefield as Director of the Health Studies program for a three-year term starting July 1, 2017. Wakefield is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning. Her research interests include food security in Canada, community development and neighbourhood change, and environmental justice. Her first term has been marked by innovative curriculum reform, including the development of a practicum for fourth-year students; closer collaboration with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health; and a vital partnership with the Health Studies Student Union.