Dean's Message

Summer is upon us, and as we welcome a comparatively quieter time on campus, let us also take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments.

Each year brings its own distinct set of challenges and opportunities, and I continue to be impressed by the creativity, resourcefulness and shared sense of purpose exhibited by our faculty, staff, students and alumni. We are a vibrant community, and I am so proud of the work we do here in the Faculty of Arts – the world class education we offer; the exciting and groundbreaking work of our researchers; and the local and indeed, global reach of our collective achievements.

For this, I thank you.

Finally, I extend my hope that we use this time to re-energize and reconnect with our families and communities. Summer is short in our part of the world, and we must take advantage of it while it lasts. For some, this may be attending a festival, and for others, a leisurely stroll through our beautiful river valley. Let us also acknowledge the faculty, staff and students who remain on campus during the summer months, studying, researching, and in myriad ways, continuing the work of the faculty. For all of us, whatever we are doing, the opportunities for engagement and renewal are endless. However you choose to spend your time, I wish you a wonderful summer.

This will be my last dean’s message for a year, as I will be starting an administrative leave on July 1. In my absence, I know the faculty will be in good hands under Acting Dean Lise Gotell. I look forward to returning in a year to continue the work of our great faculty.


Lesley Cormack
Dean of Arts