Dean's Message

I am so pleased to welcome you back to campus for Fall semester. Though we continue to grapple with the challenges of COVID-19 and the changes the past eighteen months have brought for all of us, we are excited for another year of learning and growth. It is wonderful to see the UAlberta campus come back to life. The excitement of the first weeks of term is so energizing!

The Faculty of Arts is a vibrant community dedicated to nurturing student potential, and our faculty and staff are doing all they can to ensure the coming year will be fulfilling and successful for both new and returning students. I encourage you to get involved in campus life, even if that means engaging and participating through a combination of in-person and remote options. Join a student group or club and take advantage of opportunities to participate in online events. Consider taking your education beyond the classroom through our Certificate, Arts Work Experience and Community Service-Learning programs. Reach out for support when you have questions or are struggling. Undergraduate Student Services advisors are ready to help, so take a moment to familiarize yourself with the people and the resources available to you throughout your journey.

As many of you know, the University of Alberta continues to manage challenging fiscal realities. Under the leadership of President Bill Flanagan, the University of Alberta for Tomorrow initiative is undergoing academic restructuring and administrative reform to prepare our institution to respond to these challenges while delivering on our mission to offer excellent academic programs and support world-class research and creative activity. Our Faculty has also undergone its own administrative restructuring, and while these changes are mostly behind the scenes and won’t directly affect your programs, please know that students are at the heart of every change we make.

Most of our courses will be delivered through in-person instruction this semester, and the majority of faculty and staff will be back on campus. However, there are still a variety of remote courses available, and the safety and health of our students, staff, and faculty remains our key priority. We will continue to offer responsive support for a safe and healthy community.

Looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead, I am energized by the incredible team around me and the outstanding people in this Faculty. We all do this work because we are inspired by students like you, and we are excited to see all you accomplish. 

I wish you a healthy, productive, and successful year and offer a warm welcome to the Faculty of Arts Fall 2021 semester!

Steve Patten
Interim Dean, Faculty of Arts