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SFU launches three new faculties

April 2, 2009

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Effective April 1, SFU has three new faculties resulting from a university-wide consultation process and subsequent reorganization of existing departments and programs into new groupings that better reflect the disciplines that students study today.

The new Faculty of Environment (FENV) brings together the School of Resource and Environmental Management, the geography department, the Centre for Sustainable Community Development, the environmental science program, and the graduate certificate program in development studies.The new Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT) combines the School of Communication, the School for the Contemporary Arts, the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, and the masters of publishing and TechOne programs.

And the new, completely refocused Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) includes the School of Computing Science and School of Engineering Science. The former School of Kinesiology has moved to the Faculty of Science and become the department of biomedical physiology and kinesiology.

The faculty-structure changes affect graduates of the summer 2009 term and later. All graduates of the spring 2009 term will have their previous faculty’s name printed on their transcripts and parchments.

FENV dean pro tem John Pierce says the new green faculty (www.fenv.sfu.ca/) gathers the university’s "tremendous pool of talented people who deal with environmental issues" under one interdisciplinary umbrella to better position the university as a centre of environmental research and teaching excellence.

The newly organized Faculty of Applied Sciences (www.fas.sfu.ca/) will focus on teaching and research in computing science and engineering, as well as leading-edge technology developments, says FAS dean pro tem Ze-Nian Li, who will be replaced by incoming dean Nimal Rajapakse in September. "This will enable us to capitalize on our core strengths and expand to meet the growing demand for innovative disciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs."

FCAT (www.fcat.sfu.ca/) "will further pave the way for SFU to become an international destination for arts and culture," says dean pro tem Owen Underhill, an SFU Contemporary Arts music professor.

Searches are underway to find permanent deans for FENV and FCAT as well as the education and business administration faculties, which are currently being administered by deans pro tem Suzanne de Castell and Daniel Shapiro, respectively.

For more on the creation and implementation of the new faculties visit: www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Current_Initiatives/FSI/

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