Nominations for the Search Committee for the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science

PDAD&C #46, 2002-2003


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Faculty, Staff and Students, Faculty of Arts and Science
FROM:   Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   March 14, 2003
RE:   Nominations for the Search Committee for the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science
cc:   President R. Birgeneau
The Bulletin

On April 30, 2003, Professor Carl Amrhein will step down as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science. He will be leaving the University to become the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost at the University of Alberta. We will be appointing an Interim Dean shortly. This interim appointment will allow us to conduct a full search for the next Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

In order to begin that search immediately, and in accordance with Section 60 of the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators (Perron Rules), I am writing to call for nominations of individuals to serve on the search committee that will advise the President on the appointment of a new Dean.

The Perron Rules mandate the potential composition of the search committee as follows:

  • The Vice-President and Provost or representative (Chair);
  • Three to five members of the teaching staff of the Faculty;
  • One to three students of the Faculty;
  • The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies or representative;
  • A librarian, where appropriate;
  • Two or three other qualified scholars from within or outside this University, but outside the Faculty.

In addition, the committee may include an alumnus/a, a member of the administrative staff, and a senior member of the appropriate professional community.

The search committee will also function as a review committee, in keeping with the University's established practice of conducting periodic divisional reviews at the end of a Dean or Principal's term. The Faculty will conduct a self-study, which is due by July 31, and there will be an external review of the Faculty early in September. The external reviewers will be asked to comment on specific issues related to leadership and administration, and the role of the Dean's Office within the Faculty. The self-study, the report of the external reviewers and the results of the reviews of Departments that have already been commissioned by Dean will be considered by the search committee in their review.

The search committee will begin meeting in May 2003 with the objective of completing the review by the end of September, and identifying a new Dean by the end of November. Nominations for the committee should be sent to the attention of Lesley Lewis, Assistant Provost, by March 30, 2003. She can be reached by fax at 978-3939 or email at