Prof. Michael Kessler: Raymond Pryke Chair

trin one director, dr. michael kesslerDirector's Message

Hello and thank you for your interest in the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One program. As the Raymond Pryke Chair it is my job to direct Trinity One as we move into our second decade. The program has distinguished itself as one of the most desirable destinations for highly motivated students who see a match between their own intellectual passions and the streams offered in Trinity One.

The goal of Trinity One is to provide students entering the University of Toronto with the opportunity to have the kind of seminar experience that is usually reserved for upper year courses. We believe that by gaining this kind of experience in their first year, students will be better prepared to get the most out of seminars in their chosen program of study when that time comes.

Small discussion-oriented courses are the heart of the Trinity One program. They provide a rigorous introduction to central issues across a range of disciplines through a pedagogical process that allows students to get to know each other, to work collaboratively, and to develop their own individual perspectives. The biggest advantage you will gain through Trinity One is the ability to place your own ideas in dialogue with the ideas of others. This will allow you to develop as an academic and as a colleague to your classmates.

The courses we offer in each stream are designed to give you the tools to thrive as you move through your chosen major. Unlike the large lecture courses you will take elsewhere in the University, Trinity One courses offer specialized readings and assignments that will give you deeper knowledge and help you develop the key critical skills needed to excel in university.

The program will also provide you with a small community of like-minded individuals within the broader University. This is one of the most rewarding things about Trinity One. We carefully select applicants we believe will get the most out of the focused courses we teach, but who will also contribute to the program’s active intellectual environment.

There are many quality One programs at the University of Toronto and I wish you the best as you learn about each of them to find a good fit. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about Trinity One.


Michael Kessler

Raymond Pryke Chair
Assistant Professor & Director
Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program
Trinity College, University of Toronto