Message from the Interim Dean

The different restructuring projects that took place at the University certainly shaped 2018-2019, now behind us. These projects included restructuring the budget allocation process as well as the procedures for the appointment of regular faculty and staff.

As is always the case in these situations, a lot of questions and concerns were raised, and new tasks—including the process of identifying faculty positions to fill—were attributed to the Office of the Dean and the academic units.

Despite the uncertainty that came with these restructuring efforts, the Faculty persisted with its development plans. Seven new colleagues — regular professors — joined our ranks, and two new Canada Research Chairs and two University Research Chairs were obtained. It was a very successful year.

As you will see in this report, under the leadership of the Vice-Dean of Research, the research sector launched new initiatives. The Office of the Dean also significantly increased its support, both direct support in the form of new funds to bolster individual research, and more sustained support, via administrative restructuring efforts, to the different research centres and endowed chairs in the Faculty.

The creation of new positions at the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) made it possible to work towards the long-standing objective of improving student services. In addition to these new positions, several initiatives, led by the Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Studies, also helped improve the services offered by the OUS.

New spaces on the 15th floor of our building have represented a significant boon to our Faculty. These spaces now welcome, among others, the offices of the Council of the Chaires de recherche sur le monde francophone (CRMF). The newly revised CRMF program is a clear improvement over its predecessor, and will open a window onto the world with, among other things, a new “Mobility” Chair that will attract to our University renown researchers exploring different horizons of the Francophonie. The FSS is happy to participate in this initiative, which demonstrates its commitment to advancing research on and promoting the French language and French realities. This space is also the new home of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP), which reduces the distance between our colleagues associated with the ISSP and the Faculty’s professors.

Finally, I want to commend the energy our academic units expended in enlarging and updating our program offer. As of September 2019, three master-level programs will boast new options: professional master’s or “course-only” master’s programs. Progress is also being made to offer at least one more “course-only” master’s program, a new professional master’s program that focuses on security, a doctoral program in anthropology and a doctoral program at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. All these projects and achievements are a testament to the vitality of the Faculty and its academic units.

There have been many other achievements this year—too many to list here. Some have been very high profile, whereas others, though less visible, were just as important. None of this would have been possible without the exceptional work of all our members, professors and administrative staff, from every academic unit, the Offices of the Vice-Deans, the Office of the Dean, the research centres…

Sincerely yours,

Maurice Lévesque
Interim Dean
Faculty of Social Sciences

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