McLuhan at the Coach HouseThe McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology operates under the Faculty of Information Coach House Institute since 2009.
The Coach House Institure Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing medium and long-term strategic planning of the Institute. It approves the annual budget, the strategic plan, and the annual program of activity. The Coach House Institute Executive Committee consists of five faculty members drawn from the University of Toronto who are appointed by the Dean on the advice of the Director for staggered terms of up to 3 years.

Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology

Dr. Dominique Scheffel-Dunand, Faculty of Information Coach House Institute

Coach House Institute Executive Committee

Dr. Seamus Ross, Dean of the Faculty of Information
Dr. Brian Cantwell Smith, Director of the Faculty of Information Coach House Institute
Dr. Dominique Scheffel-Dunand, Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, Faculty of Information Coach House Institute
Dr. Mark McGowan, Principal of St. Michael’s College in The University of Toronto
Dr. Robert Gibbs, Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
Dr. Kostas Plataniotis, Director of the Faculty of Information Knowledge Media Design Institute
Dr. Heather MacNeil, Professor in Archives and Record Management, Faculty of Information
Barbara Fisher, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

The Coach House Advisory Board

Although the Institute will be housed within the Faculty of Information, the nature of its mandate will mean that extensive collaboration will be essential if the Institute is to succeed; therefore, additional advice will be required. The Advisory Board will be responsible for providing commentary and advice to both the Director and the Dean on possible directions for the direction of the Institute. Members of the Advisory Board may come from within the University of Toronto and from out-side, although it is anticipated that at least 5 members will come from the Faculty of Information. They will be appointed by the Dean on the advice of the Director and the Executive Committee for staggered terms not exceeding four years in length.


2011 Marshall McLuhan Centenary Visiting Fellows

In honour of the centenary (in 2011) of Marshall McLuhan’s birth, the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto is creating a funded fellowship program for individuals interested in spending between three and twelve months in residence in the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the Faculty of Information, commonly known as the University of Toronto iSchool.

1997 – Present McLuhan Award in Investigative Journalism

Since 1997, the Canadian Embassy in Manilla (in the Philippines), has been distinguishing journalists, with the McLuhan Award, who are first-prize winners in the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The award includes a study tour of Canada, during which the journalist is invited to give a lecture at the Faculty of Information. Upon return to the Philippines, a series of forums is organized in key cities around the country, at which the Canadian experience is shared with students of communication and members of the local and community media.
The award recipients include: Ms. Salvacion “Inday” Espina-Varona (2007) of The Philippine Graphic, Mr. Fe Zamora and Mr. Gerry Lirio (2006) of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Ms. Yvonne Chua (2005), Ms. Tess Bacalla (2004), Ms. Miriam Grace Go (2002) of Newsbreak Magazine, Ms. Vinia Datinguinoo (2001) of PCIJ, Ms. Yvonne Chua (2000) of PCIJ, Ms. Ellen Tordesillas (1999) of Malaya, Ms. Sheila Coronel (1998) of PCIJ and Mr. Armand Nocum (1997) of The Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Fellows in Residence – up to 2008

Under Derrick de Kerckhove’s mandate, numerous doctoral, post doctoral students and faculty were awarded fellowship at the McLuhan Program in Culture and technology. The fellows were in residence under the auspices of their home university or institution, their government or company, to further their knowledge and explorations in areas related to the Program’s mandate. The Program also acknowledged select individuals – academics and professionals – with significant contributions in the domain of culture and technology.