Fonds 1420 - Allan Irving fonds

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UTA 1420


Allan Irving fonds


  • 1962-1965, 1976-1999, [reproduced in 2001] (Creation)

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3.56 m of textual records (27 boxes)
144 photographs
10 audio cassettes (ca. 10 hr.)
1 video cassettes (ca. 30 min.)

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Born in 1945. York University (Toronto), B.A. in Philosophy, 1967. Carleton University (Ottawa), M.A. in Social Work, 1972. University of Toronto, Ph.D. in Social Work (A Canadian Fabian: The Life and Work of Harry Cassidy), 1982.

Ontario. Ministry of Correctional Services: social worker from 1967 to 1970, and in 1972 and 1973 ; social worker consultant from 1973 to 1976. Big Brothers Association of Ottawa and District: executive director from 1973 to 1976. Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre: founding member in 1975-1976. Ottawa-Carleton Citizens Advocacy: member of the board of directors from 1974 to 1976. University of Western Ontario. King’s College: assistant professor at the Department of Social Work from 1980 to 1984. Wilfrid Laurier University: he taught graduate courses from 1987 to 1990 and in 1992. University of Toronto. Faculty of Social Work (FSW): assistant professor, from 1984 to 1987 ; associate professor with tenure, from 1984 to 2000 ; associate dean, student affairs in 1989 to 1991. Irving also participated in the administrative activities of the FSW as chairperson of the Faculty Council from 1986 to 1988 ; chairperson of the Teaching Faculty in 1988 and 1989 ; chair of the Ph.D and M.S.W. Studies committees in 1989 and 1990 and member from 1996 to 1998 ; member of the Ph.D Admission Committee from 1988 to 1990 ; chair of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee in 1991 and 1992, and member from 1992 to 1995 ; member of the Tenure committee in 1992 ; member of the Executive Committee from 1992 to 1995 ; member of the Committee to Rank Students for Fellowship and Awards from 1992 to 1998. University of Toronto. School of Graduate Studies (SGS): member of the council, the Executive Committee (division II) and the Degree Committee (division II) in 1989 and 1990 ; member of the School’s committee to examine the SGS leave policy from 1989 to 1991. University of Toronto: member of the Settlement House’s board of directors, in 1985 and 1986 ; member of the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Faculty since 1988 ; member of the Harold Innis Foundation’s board of directors from 1988 to 1992 ; member of the Academic Board of the University from 1991 to 1995 ; member of the Archives advisory committee on the University of Toronto Library Oral History program, from 1991 to 1995. University of Toronto Faculty Association Council: Faculty of Social Work representative from 1994 to 1998; member of the External Affairs Committee from 1994 to 1998; member of the Executive Committee from 1995 to 1998; and chairperson of the Academic Freedom Committee in 1997 and 1998. Widener University (Chester, Pennsylvania : United States). Center for Social Work: professor since 1998. Allan Irving also participate actively in the administrative activities of the Center for Social Work: member of the Academic Affairs Committee since 1998 and chairperson since 1999 ; member of the Honors Advisory Committee since 1999 ; member of the Continuing Education Committee since 1999 ; member of the Diversity Committee from 1998 to 2000. Widener University. School of Human Service Professions: member of the Academic Council since 2000 ; member of the Promotion and Tenure Committee since 2000.

Allan Irving received various fellowships, honours and awards: Ontario Government Fellowship from the Ministry of Correctional Services for M.S.W study at Carleton University, 1970-1972 ; National Health and Welfare Fellowship from the Canadian Government for doctoral studies, 1977-1980 ; FSW’s Teacher of the Year Award in 1989-1990, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1994-1995 and in 1996-1997 ; FSW’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 1991-1992 ; nominated by the FSW for an Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association (OCUFA) teaching award in 1993-1994 ; awarded the FSW’s “Teacher who Most Represents Social Work Values” in 1997-1998 ; elected to membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, March 2000.

Allan Irving also participated into the activities of various organizations. Canadian Review of Social Policy: member of the editorial board and reviewer of articles since 1985 ; book reviewer editor from 1985 to 1991 ; and guest editor for a special issue on the history of social work in Canada published in 1995. Reviewer of articles for the following journals, 1985 to present: Canadian Social Work Review, Journal of Canadian Studies, Social History/Histoire social, BC Studies, Canadian Public Policy. St. Christopher Settlement House: member of the advisory committee on writing the history of the house from 1985 to 1992. Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS): chair of the selection panel in 1990. Social Planning of Metropolitan Toronto: member of the board of directors from 1989 to 1991. University of Toronto Press: reviewer of book manuscripts in 1991 and 1993. Wilfrid Laurier University Press: reviewer of book manuscripts in 1993. Columbia University Press: reviewer of book proposals and manuscripts since 1998. Social Work: consulting editor since 2000.

Research activities: Canadian social policy ; history of social work and social welfare in Canada ; social administration and social policy ; and community organization and development.

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Fonds documents Allan Irving’s activities from 1976 to 1998 as a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work; as lecturer and/or professor at King’s College (University of Western Ontario), at the Faculty of Social Work (University of Toronto), at the Nipissing College (Laurentian University) and Wilfrid Laurier University. It also partially documents his other professional and scholarly activities, publications and writings, lectures and addresses from 1978 to 1999.

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Open; with restricted access to certain files containing personal information: Appointments, promotion and salary matter in B2000-0022/005(01)-(02); Faculty of Social Work. Letters of Reference in B2000-0022/008(02)-(05).

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Press clippings, transparencies and facsimile communication(s) printed on heat-sensitive paper have been reproduced for conservation reasons and dated [reproduced in 2001]

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-Original finding aid by Marie-Josée Lévesque, August 2001
-Added to AtoM by Karen Suurtamm, August 2016




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