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Senate endorses new combinations

May 1, 2008

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SFU’s senate recently recommended to the board of governors a new faculty combining communication and contemporary arts with the School of Interactive Arts and Technology and the Master of Publishing program.

According to a report by the university task force on academic structure, "Applications of new technology and media permeate every facet of contemporary life and have enabled forms of communication, art, and design that are significantly restructuring our forms of life and understanding."

The task force suggests the move of SFU Contemporary Arts to the Woodward’s redevelopment in 2009 "can help realize President Stevenson’s vision for Simon Fraser University as an international destination for arts and culture."

A report from VP-academic John Waterhouse adds: "The schools and programs involved in the proposed faculty are enthusiastic about the potential of the new structure to develop new programming areas and foster strategic outreach to the external community."

The senate also recommended:

  • A revamped structure for the Faculty of Applied Sciences focusing on engineering and computing science to enhance its role as the home for "elite high-technology and computational" teaching and research.
  • Relocation of the School of Kinesiology from the Faculty of Applied Science to Science.

If approved, these changes would take effect in April 2009.

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