Dean's Message

I am deeply honoured to have been appointed to a second term as Dean of the Faculty of Arts. After serving the Faculty for the past five years, in times of both celebration and hardship, my commitment to our community and our work has never been stronger. From our inspirational students, teachers and researchers to our accomplished alumni around the world, we are, truly, a faculty that uplifts the whole people.

There are many exciting opportunities on the horizon for Arts in the coming years, and much hard work to be done to ensure we are continually evolving and progressing. When I begin my second term, my energies will be focused on several specific goals -- including continually improving the BA and the undergraduate student experience, enhancing non-academic training opportunities for graduate students, developing and encouraging alternative pedagogy, facilitating the strong research networks that allow us to pursue groundbreaking work, building strong connections with our staff, faculty and the wider community, and planning for a healthy and sustainable financial position.

I also intend to continue being a strong, vocal advocate for the importance of the liberal arts. As we all know, the problems of the world are not just engineering problems. Researchers in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts have an extremely important role to play in addressing and solving the complex issues that face humanity. Our voices need to be heard both within and outside of the academy; we need to actively demonstrate our importance to students, their parents and the wider community. I will be proud to continue speaking up on our behalf at every opportunity possible.

As you will have read in the announcement of my reappointment, the Interim Provost is appointing Lise Gotell as Acting Dean to lead the Faculty during my one-year administrative leave, which commences July 1, 2015. I know Lise will do an excellent job and welcome her into this position.

My sincere gratitude to everyone who supported and accompanied me during my first term as dean. I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you for another five years.

Lesley Cormack
Dean of Arts