Happy New Year! I hope you had a rejuvenating break.
The fall term was both busy, and in some ways, challenging, but as always I look forward to the fresh opportunities that a new year and a new term affords.
In the fall, many of the projects that we have been working on came to fruition, including the new BA in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies; the Alberta Policy Internship Program (the experiential learning component of the new Masters of Arts in Policy Studies in the Department of Political Science); a new BFA in Production degree; and the new BA in Media Studies received final approval and is now open to enrollment for September 2020.
We also announced Stories of Change, the newest addition to our five Faculty of Arts Signature Areas of Research and Creative Collaboration. The final two Signature Areas of Research and Creative Collaboration will be announced the Faculty of Arts' Celebration of Research on March 5, 2020.
As you will have noticed, a series of infrastructure and security measures have been implemented in our buildings and across campus. As we look for ways to strengthen our security infrastructure, ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for students, faculty and staff remains my ongoing priority.
In December, we posted an update to our Arts Academic Strategic Plan 2017-22 (which you can read here), providing an overview of where we are, mid-point, through our stated goals.
Finally, the success of these programs and other initiatives in the Faculty of Arts is thanks to the work we do here, every day, to engage meaningfully and positively with our students and with the world. Together, we stand firm in our fundamental commitment to intellectual integrity, freedom of inquiry and expression, and the equality and dignity of all persons. We will continue to proclaim, but even more importantly – demonstrate, the importance of arts research and an arts education. Our student numbers are high, our research is strong, and we have committed faculty and staff. This, I believe, bodes well for our continued success.
I sincerely wish everyone a happy and productive term!
Dean of Arts