The newest addition to the Graduate School is Dr. Yonatan Eyal, who joined the team in late 2015. Previously a professor of history at the University of Toronto, Eyal moved to UC to become its first Director of Graduate Studies. In this interview, Eyal shares his plans to improve the graduate student experience, his love of the American Civil War and what he would do with $10 million.
In your own words, what do you do at the Graduate School?
I work with Dean Montrose and Associate Dean Mack to lead and administer the Graduate School, both its strategic vision and day-to-day operations. Big-picture thinking and plotting the future of the school make up half of my role, but then the other half is just helping to make sure the trains run on time. More prosaically, I supervise office staff, develop new projects and oversee professional development initiatives.
Why did UC appeal to you as an institution?
UC is this metro area’s only research university, and that’s a fact that I don’t think is played up enough in the public mind. This institution has the mission and resources not only to educate students but also to pursue cutting-edge research and discovery. I believe in research universities specifically because they get students right into the heart of discovery, the frontiers of knowledge, whether the lab or the archive or the seminar room.