Appointment of Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Nancy Holmes has been appointed associate dean (Research and Graduate Studies) for a three-year term, as of May 1, 2012. She will spearhead FCCS’s efforts to enhance scholarship, creativity, and graduate education. Holmes has been a leader in enhancing the student experience at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; promoting scholarly collaboration among colleagues, within and across departments; advancing community engagement through creative and scholarly work; and facilitating funding from various sources.
Tenure and Promotion
FCCS would like to congratulate the following faculty members who have been granted promotion to and or tenure at the ranks indicated:
- Jelena Jovicic, associate professor, French
- Grisel Garcia Perez, assistant professor, Spanish
- Mercedes Duran-Cogan, assistant professor, Spanish
- Paul Milton, senior instructor, English
- Sean Lawrence, associate professor, English
- Renay Egami, associate professor, visual arts
- Anne Fleming, associate professor, creative writing
New Support Staff Appointments
- Shauna Oddleifson, support services assistant to associate deans
- Bobbette Armstrong-Paisley, assistant to the dean (auxiliary)
- Jennifer Novy, administrative assistant to the department of Critical Studies
New Programming: Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities is a growing area of humanities research and practice that will provide students with experience in computer applications for cultural, visual art, historical, language and literary research. This opportunity will provide added value for students interested in the humanities, social sciences and the creative arts, as these courses can better prepare them for professions that use digitalization and digital applications through the study of the diverse possibilities arising from initiatives in the digital humanities.
News: Department of Critical Studies
The department of Critical Studies welcomes new faculty:
- Ruthann Lee, a PhD graduate from York University (2011), joins Cultural Studies from Dalhousie University’s Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.
- Jessica Carey, joins Cultural Studies on limited term appointment. Carey holds a PhD from McMaster University (2011) and has recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of English, University of Northern British Columbia.
- Constance Crompton joins Digital Humanities as its first faculty member. Crompton has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Victoria and has a PhD from the joint program in Communication and Culture, York University and Ryerson University (2011).
- Diana Carter joins Spanish language studies as an instructor. Carter has a PhD (2008) in Spanish Linguistics from The University of Ottawa and an MA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Western Ontario.
News: Department of Creative Studies
The coming academic year promises to be alive with new opportunities in Creative Studies. Guest instructors bring their talent and experience from the professional art world – writers such as Sonnet L’Abbe and John Lent, theatre practitioners such as Laen Hershler (returning to Canada after working with community theatre groups in South Africa), and visual artists such as Katherine Pickering, Katie Brennan and Kristoff Steinruck.
New Performance Space/University Theatre and Public Performances
Campus lecture theatre ADM 026 has been refitted with lights and a new sound system and weekly events such as stand-up comedy, film nights, local bands, guest lectures, and DJs are planned. Small-scale presenting, performing and interdisciplinary research in this location.
Weekly exhibitions will take place in the Fine Arts (FINA) gallery, in the FCCS building. There will also be annual events like the much-loved ‘Art on the Line’ fundraiser, in December, and the always-excellent end-of-year BFA Exhibition, in April.