Updates

November 30, 2022

The Governance Working Group presented a Notice of Motion to Endorse the three Governance Principles Documents at Education Faculty Council on November 29th. The slides presented at EFC provide a brief overview of the documents, highlight the key principles, and include a timeline for revising committee Terms of Reference within the faculty. A merged meeting procedural rules document of the GFC Meeting Procedural Rules and the proposed Executive Summary illustrates where changes have been made to the GFC rules.

The motion to endorse the three documents will be on the agenda for Education Faculty Council on January 31.

October 14, 2022

Dean Jennifer Tupper hosted a Faculty Restructure Launch event open to Education faculty members, staff and students. Watch the video of the event or view the presentation slide deck.

September 20, 2022

The Governance Working Group has drafted a set of three documents to replace the General Terms of Reference for Councils, Committees & Boards of Education Faculty Council and to help guide the revision of the Faculty’s committees and councils terms of reference. The three documents mirror the GFC Principle Documents approved by GFC in 2017.

  • Principles for Faculty of Education Council/Committee Composition
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Council/Committee Members
  • Meeting Procedural Rules

The draft version of Principle Documents for Faculty Councils and Committees is available for review, discussion and feedback. You can share your comments through the Restructure feedback form.

September 13, 2022

The Steering Committee and Working Groups have resumed meetings and are identifying opportunities for engagement to determine and continue confirming the details of our new structure throughout the fall. Dr. Katie Brubacher and Dr. Josh Markle have joined the Hubs Working Group as Assistant Professor representatives.

Two Faculty Academic Managers, Izabela Martyniak and Kim Peacock, are working closely with the Interim Faculty Chairs, HR and Finance Partners, and the Faculty General Manager to ensure effective and efficient support in the midst of ongoing changes.

August 12, 2022

The following Faculty appointments have been announced: Interim Associate Chair Undergraduate - Elementary Route: Dr. Jennifer Branch-Mueller

  • Interim Associate Chair Undergraduate - Secondary Route: Dr. David Chorney
  • Interim Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Trudy Cardinal
  • Interim Graduate Coordinator (SLIS): Dr. Tami Oliphant
  • Interim Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Lesly Wade-Woolley

July 1, 2022

The U of A Faculty of Education transitioned to a non-departmentalized structure. Read the announcement.

June 28, 2022

Dean Tupper announced that the departmental approach to graduate student support, including the allocation of PhD recruitment funding will shift to a program approach for the next academic year and will be based on an average number of doctoral students in specific program areas over the last three years. A Faculty process for the allocation of graduate student teaching assistantships will be developed to ensure consistency, transparency and equity. Again, please watch for more details on this in the coming weeks and months.

May 31, 2022

Dr. Veronica Smith and Dr. Larry Prochner will serve as Interim Faculty Chairs from July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023. Dr. Smith will support faculty members in the following areas: Studies in Educational Leadership; Adult, Community & Higher Education; Counseling Psychology (including School Counseling); Measurement, Evaluation & Data Science; Psychological Studies in Education; School & Clinical Child Psychology; Special Education; and Teaching English as a Second Language. Dr. Prochner will support faculty members in Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Indigenous Peoples Education; Social Justice & International Studies in Education; and Technologies in Education.

April 25, 2022

The document Supporting the Faculty of Education restructure has been added to the website. This report aims to give advice and support to the faculty leadership as they guide the community through this period of significant change. It is informed by conversations with faculty leaders, reviews of documents being produced as part of the restructuring effort, external advice from university leaders and experts who have been through similar efforts, and case studies of other faculty redesigns – including faculties and schools of education in Canada and abroad.

April 6, 2022

The Faculty Restructuring Timelines for the Steering Committee and Working Groups has been added to the website.

March 18, 2022

The Governance Working Group submitted recommendations for a set of documents to guide the revision of Faculty Committee and Council Terms of Reference, with particular attention to equity, diversity, and inclusivity. These include the Roles and Responsibilities of Council/Committee Members; Meeting Procedural Rules; and Principles for Faculty of Education Council/Committee Composition. The development of the documents was influenced by the work of GFC in reviewing their own standing committees (see GFC Principle Documents). The Steering Committee has requested some minor modifications and when these changes have been made, the principles will be shared Faculty-wide.

March 3, 2022

The Steering Committee approved the recommendation from the Leadership Working Group, that two interim chair positions be created based on current Chair UAAPOL responsibilities and implemented from July 1, 2022 to July 1, 2023. University procedures allow for the Dean to appoint for these positions and a process for these appointments will be confirmed and shared in the near future. This approach allows additional time for the Leadership Working Group to engage in further learning of mamawohkamatowin, to plan for Faculty-wide and broader consultations including with Elders, Knowledge and Language Keepers, and to think creatively and innovatively about leadership roles and responsibilities across the faculty. These one-year interim appointments make sense in the context of continued institutional changes through UAT, FGSR restructuring, SET and the creation of the College offices of Education and Research.

February 11, 2022

The Steering Committee approved the recommendation from the Governance Working Group that the current election cycle, committees, and committee structure be maintained for the 2022-2023 academic year. This allows for a period of transition in which governance changes can be carefully considered and for greater consultation with faculty, staff, and students, which aligns with the approach taken in 1994, when restructuring last occurred.

January 2022

Working groups convened; Consideration of leadership positions and responsibilities underway; consultation on process for establishing pods / faculty groupings; structure for administrative support in alignment with SET and the College offices underway; governance review underway.

December 2021

Steering committee & working group membership confirmed. Moving Forward: Restructuring Town Hall. Steering committee met to review the mandate and workplan.

November 2021

Steering committee and working groups call for participation; clear and focused mandate communicated.

This website will be updated on an ongoing basis as the restructuring process continues.