Innis College

Faculty List

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream 
David J. Roberts, Ph D 

Associate Professors, Teaching Stream 
S. Brail, Ph D 
C. Messenger, MA 
R.E. Riendeau, MA 

Lecturer, Teaching Stream 
S. English, MA



Innis College offers courses (designated INI) that sustain two interdisciplinary academic programs: Urban Studies and Writing and Rhetoric. Innis College is also the home of the Cinema Studies Institute, which offers an impressive collection of courses (designated CIN) listed separately under Cinema Studies Institute. Courses for the new Innis One Program have been inspired by the College's two academic programs and its special relationship with the Cinema Studies Institute.

Innis One: The Creative City

Innis One encourages first-year students to develop their creative and critical capacities by exploring the dynamism of the urban environment. By reaching beyond the walls of the academy to engage in an imaginative, inquiry-based, and civic-minded learning experience, students will gain a greater appreciation of the interplay between film, writing, and urban landscapes.

Students may enroll in two (1.0 FCE) of the four half-credit courses (INI100H1, INI101H1, INI102H1, and INI106H1) offered in the Program. Limited to an enrolment of 25, these seminar courses, featuring group discussions, films, guest lecturers, and special field trips, offer students a unique experiential learning opportunity that will also help them to develop writing, research, and analytical skills.

All first-year students in the Faculty of Arts and Science (St. George campus) are eligible for admission. Students may apply to all four Innis One courses by ranking their preferences. Online applications and further information are available at

Urban Studies

Urban Studies at Innis College provides students with the tools to make sense of their urban world. The Program examines the complex and dynamic relations among institutions, people, and physical form that create, sustain, or destroy cities.

The Program is suited for those students who wish to study cities using several disciplinary approaches. It is also of interest to those students who wish to become involved in urban issues in Toronto. The Program offers an internship in the office of either a municipal politician, non-profit research group, or other government organization as part of its experiential learning program. Because urban issues are so varied, Urban Studies combines well with many other program areas. Students are advised to consult the Program Director when designing programs that meet their particular interests. The Program encourages students to take advantage of the Study Elsewhere Program at the University of Toronto to broaden their knowledge of cities.

Enquiries:  Tony Pi, Writing and Rhetoric and Urban Studies Program Assistant, Room 233E Innis College (416-978-5809),  Also see the Urban Studies website at

Writing and Rhetoric

The Minor Program in Writing and Rhetoric is built on a foundation of Innis College courses that cover academic essay writing, rhetoric, critical thinking, creative writing, media analysis, and writing in the workplace and for the public sphere. The Program also draws on relevant University of Toronto courses in a range of disciplines. The Program’s design reflects three interrelated themes.

This discipline involves more than instruction in composition skills. Writing is related to rhetoric, logic, reasoning, and critical thinking. One of the main goals of the Program is to ensure that students graduate with a solid grounding in various modes of writing and with highly developed transferable skills.

Classical rhetorical terms and methods of argumentation and persuasion are central to the study of rhetoric. One of the oldest disciplines in the liberal arts, rhetoric as a contemporary discipline focuses on the influence of discourse on social forces. For the purposes of this Program, rhetoric will, broadly speaking, be used to signify both rhetoric in the classical sense of the term and the patterns of communication identifiable in a variety of disciplines and environments.

Critical Analysis:
One of the tenets of the Program is shared by many of the University’s Arts and Science disciplines: that problem-solving and creative, persuasive, and effective writing depend on the ability to analyze discourse critically.

Enquiries: Tony Pi, Writing and Rhetoric and Urban Studies Program Assistant, Room 233E Innis College (416-978-5809), Also see the Writing and Rhetoric website at