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Current Priorities

Back to Mac

The Provost is leading the planning on how to bring our community back together safely in the Fall of 2021. In February, she established the Return to McMaster Group, which consists of five committees that developed recommendations for:

  • Teaching, learning and the student experience
  • The workplace and employee experience
  • Research and innovation

You can read the final recommendations that will serve as the foundation for our planning in the Return to McMaster Oversight Committee Final Report. Find further updates and information on coming back to campus on the COVID-19 website.

Back to Mac: Getting Back to Mac
Students on Campus During Fall

Student Mental Health

Supporting student mental health is more important than ever. Under the direction of the Associate Vice-President, Students & Learning and Dean of Students, the Student Wellness Centre provides:

  • Health education and promotion
  • Guided self-help and peer support
  • Individual counselling/therapy
  • Collaborative care
  • Crisis support

Students can access the Pathways to Care program to help determine the best resources and programs to support their unique needs.

Student Mental Health: Supporting Our Students' Wellbeing
Student and Professor Working in Lab

Supporting Our Faculty and Staff's Wellbeing

The Provost is committed to supporting Faculty and Staff mental health and wellbeing through initiatives like the McMaster Okanagan Committee Mental Health and Wellbeing Task Force. This Task Force, formed at the request of the Provost, will make short and long-term recommendations to the university around mental health education, programming, and policies affecting McMaster’s staff, students and faculty.

Employees can also access mental health counselling and life, wellbeing and career coaching through the Employee and Family Assistance Program.

Supporting Our Faculty and Staff's Wellbeing: Learn More

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Provost is committed to investing time, resources and strategic thinking into making our campus community more equitable, diverse and inclusive. Under the direction of our Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, we’ve developed McMaster’s first-ever EDI Strategy which focuses on four areas of focus and impact:

  • Institutional commitment & capacity
  • Academic content & context
  • Compositional diversity & community
  • Interactional capabilities & climate

Recently, the Equity and Inclusion Office has launched a Student Census and Experience Survey to help shape the future of student-centred programs and services, initiated a cohort hiring of 12 Black faculty members, partnered with the MacPherson Institute to develop an Inclusive Teaching Guide, and much more.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Making McMaster more inclusive

Teaching Innovation

In May of 2021, under the direction of the Vice-Provost, Faculty, McMaster launched it’s first-ever Teaching & Learning Strategy. This strategy is focused on fostering partnerships across and beyond campus to create engaging, challenging and meaningful learning experiences for students. It focuses on four impact areas:

  • Partnered and Interdisciplinary Learning
  • Inclusive and Scholarly Teaching
  • Active and Flexible Learning Spaces
  • Holistic and Personalized Student Experience

The objectives in these areas are intended to inspire instructors to innovate in their teaching, support and reward student curiosity, create accessible and inclusive learning environments, and build interdisciplinarity between Faculties and departments.

Teaching Innovation: Leading the way in teaching

Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA)

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SMA – Signed Agreement

2020-2025

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Ontario SMA Website

Updated 2020

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SMA – Signed Agreement

2017 - 2020

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SMA – Annual Report

2017-2018

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SMA – Signed Agreement

2014-2017

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SMA

March 2014