Women’s Studies becomes a department
The University Senate and the Board of Regents have approved a proposal to change the status of the Women’s Studies multi-disciplinary program to a full-fledged department within the Faculty of Arts. The move fulfills a recommendation by the Katz Report Action Committee, which noted: “The Women’s Studies Program should be supported and strengthened as a matter of urgency.”
According to Dean of Arts Dr. Reeta Tremblay, Women’s Studies is poised to enhance its academic offerings. In addition to revitalizing its master’s program, it plans to establish an undergraduate major.
In 2005, a report prepared by Dr. Caroline Andrews of the University of Ottawa, Dr. Veronica Strong-Boag from the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Sandra LeFort, director of Memorial’s School of Nursing, also recommended that the program be given departmental status. Their report concluded that Women’s Studies was making a significant contribution to scholarship, teaching and community development, and required proper support and resources to foster it.
Dr. Tremblay concurred: “Since its inception at Memorial, the Women’s Studies program has had significant impact on women in Newfoundland and Labrador and has acquired a national reputation, she said.” With its newfound autonomy and departmental status, it aspires to continue to evolve and to further connect with the community, both within and outside the university.”
The appointment of a senior professor who will act as the department head is underway, and a junior appointment has also been authorized for the next academic year. Dr. Tremblay anticipates joint appointments, dependent on undergraduate and graduate enrolment.
Arts welcomes new associate dean
Dr. Frederick H. White has become the new associate dean of Arts for research and graduate programs. The professor of Russian studies, who joined Memorial five years ago, said that he is excited about the role he is to play in facilitating the diverse scholarship in the faculty.
“Professional development in the area of research and growth in the faculty’s graduate programs are the two pillars on which this position rests. I am pleased to encourage and facilitate both of these activities, which will benefit the faculty as well as the larger university and external communities.”
Among the first initiatives he has undertaken is a five-part series of workshops, developed in concert with grants facilitator Theresa Heath. The workshops will offer section-by-section guidance to help faculty become more familiar with the process of applying for research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and other granting bodies.
The first workshop is being offered July 4. Details are available in the today.mun events calendar, and at www.mun.ca/arts/research.
President tours Baie Verte Peninsula
The president of Memorial University is visiting parts of the Baie Verte Peninsula this week as part of a two-day tour. Dr. Axel Meisen will be in the region June 28-29 to meet with local community leaders, alumni, friends and prospective students of Memorial, as well as tour several mining sites in the area.
The visit includes a meeting with the president of the Baie Verte and Area Chamber of Commerce, a tour of Crew Gold (Canada) Ltd., and a meeting with Baie Verte mayor Gerald Acreman. He is scheduled to speak to the chamber of commerce at the Baie Vista Inn.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Dr. Meisen is scheduled to meet high school representatives in the region including principals, teachers, guidance counsellors, Memorial alumni and student applicants for this September during a breakfast meeting.
Dr. Meisen will then tour Rambler Mines. Later in the day, he is scheduled to meet with the president of the region’s economic development association before departing.
The trip to the Baie Verte area builds on several key visits Dr. Meisen has made in the past number of years to various parts of the province, including Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador City, Port aux Basques, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook and Marystown.