Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful and rejuvenating break.
It was a very busy and productive fall term as much of the groundwork that we laid in previous terms came to fruition.
As a result of our renewed BA and a robust recruitment effort, we enjoyed the largest enrollment in Arts last September that we’ve had for many years.
We strengthened our commitment to respectful relations by launching the Arts Working Group for Indigenous Initiatives (AWGII), which has been charged with the design, initiation, and ongoing support for initiatives in the Faculty of Arts intended to not only increase the presence but also sustain the success of Indigenous scholars, staff, and students.
As we look for ways to ensure our programs are relevant and responsive to students’ interests, we are now entering the final stages in the development of new programs in Policy Studies; Modern Languages and Cultural Studies; the expansion of the Criminology program; a Certificate in Ethics and the new BA in Media Studies.
And, in the upcoming term, I look forward to welcoming Deb Verhoeven to the Faculty of Arts as she assumes the role of the University of Alberta’s only Canada 150 Research Chair. As a top-tier, internationally based scholar and researcher, Dr. Verhoeven will further strengthen and bring visibility to the U of A’s new signature area, Research at the Intersections of Gender, and along with our other world-class scholars, contribute to the development of our own Faculty of Arts’ signature areas of research and collaboration.
In the Faculty of Arts, we value diversity, inclusivity, respect, and equity across and among our peoples and disciplines. To build on the practice of these principles, we have struck a Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI). Launching in January, 2019, CEDI will assume active and advisory responsibility for what is a continuing and pressing set of concerns for our institution.
As always, there is much to celebrate in the Faculty of Arts. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Department of Linguistics and the 20th anniversary of the School in Cortona.
The success of these programs and other initiatives in the Faculty of Arts is thanks to the important work we do here, every day, to engage meaningfully and positively with our students and with the world, and to situate Arts in the most advantageous position possible.
I sincerely wish everyone a happy, productive and successful term!
Dean of Arts