During 2018–2019, the Office of the Vice-Dean, Governance and Internationalization (VDGInt), continued to develop and implement its two-fold mission.
The University has recognized internationalization as a major strategic priority, and our faculty will continue to play a leadership role in this area. We look forward to working with the central administration to develop new programs and opportunities.
The Faculty continues to be a leader in international engagement, training and research, with our students taking advantage of the unique opportunities offered by our international internships and field research courses. Students participating in the Model United Nations course again performed exceptionally in this international competition, representing the University and making us all proud. Overall, our international activities greatly enrich student life, offering invaluable education and work experiences beyond the classroom, as we train the leaders of tomorrow. In the past year, we have worked with professors in a number of units to expand the field research course model to new areas within Canada. The Walls to Bridges course is one such example. I would like to thank our innovative professors for their hard work in designing and launching these experiential learning opportunities.
In terms of governance, we have been working on a new system for managing graduate student scholarship and bursary support, which launched in May. I would like to thank our Administrative Coordinators for their assistance and collaboration in this endeavour. The new system will ensure that graduate student support is streamlined and responsive to our growing research and teaching needs.
We have also updated the Faculty’s bylaws to create an elected position on the Faculty Council for a representative from the part-time professors. Part-time professors play a major role in our teaching mission, and we are pleased to recognize this through official representation on the Faculty’s governing body. The first elections were held this September. We are also working towards reform of several key Faculty Council committees to make them more representative of the units they serve.
This is a period of change for the University, as we navigate new funding realities and academic priorities. In the face of these challenges, we will continue to work with our units to develop innovative approaches to serving students, professors and the broader community.
Nathan Young, Vice-Dean Governance and Internationalization