New dean of arts appointed
Dr. David Graham, recently appointed dean of arts, will take up his new post in July 2002. Dr. Graham has been a faculty member at Memorial in the Department of French and Spanish since 1979, after teaching for eight years at the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON. There are several key challenges that need to be addressed in his new role, and Dr. Graham feels that faculty renewal is a main priority. While noting the university's more experienced faculty members are a great asset, he said "it is critically important for us as a faculty to find ways to make good appointments of junior faculty."
New chair in traditional music
Memorial is home to a new Canada Research Chair position in traditional music/ethnomusicology. Dr. Beverly Diamond was awarded the senior chair in an announcement made by the federal minister of Industry, Allan Rock. Dr. Diamond, an internationally renowned ethnomusicologist, will direct and stimulate activity in the further development of the musical collections of the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA). Dr. Diamond will also serve as a mentor to colleagues and graduate students at Memorial and will assume a leadership role in the development of graduate studies in ethnomusicology in the School of Music.
Business school earns international distinction
The Faculty of Business Administration became the first in Atlantic Canada and one of only eight business schools in Canada to be accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is one of higher education's most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies, stressing academic excellence and dedication to continuous improvement. To achieve AACSB International accreditation, business programs must satisfy a wide range of quality standards relating to curriculum, faculty resources, admissions, degree requirements, library and computer facilities, financial resources and research contributions. There are only 424 AACSB accredited members worldwide, of which only 30 are outside the United States.