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Jones oversees Applied Sciences faculty split

September 4, 2008

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Colin Jones (above), longtime faculty member and administrator, has begun a post-retirement contract as dean pro tem of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) from Sept. 1, 2008 – Mar. 31, 2009, during the faculty’s restructuring.

As of April 1, 2009, the faculty will become two new faculties:
  • A Faculty of Communication, Contemporary Arts and Technology (FCAT) comprising the School of Communication, the School for the Contemporary Arts, the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, and the Masters of Publishing program.
  • A realigned Faculty of Applied Science comprising computing and engineering science.

During the transition, Ze-Nian Li, professor of computing science and dual-degree program director, will oversee creation of the new FAS as special advisor to the VP-academic. Outgoing FAS dean Brian Lewis will play a parallel role as special advisor to the VP-academic in creating FCAT.

Additionally, Senate gave approval in principle for a third new faculty, the Faculty of Environment, consisting of the School of Resource and Environmental Management, the geography department and a number of programs and centres. An interdisciplinary programming committee is drafting a report to Senate with the objective of finalizing the approval for this third faculty.
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