Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot, PhD

The vice-dean assists the dean in the areas of process, policies and plans. 

The vice-dean assists with managing human and financial resources that sustain the faculty’s academic programs and oversees the faculty’s administrative support structure. The vice-dean also oversees external reviews of academic programs.

  • With the dean, designs, develops, and implements the faculty's academic and strategic plans. Documents, publicizes and archives processes, policies, and plans.
  • Assists heads and directors in managing the human and financial resources that sustain the faculty's academic programs.
  • With the dean, works on the promotion and tenure process, new faculty and headship searches, the merit system, study and other leaves, collective agreement and policy interpretation, and grievances.
  • With the human resources partner, advises heads on academic searches, appointments, reviews, and workload policies.
  • With the finance partner, allocates annual funding for teaching and learning activities.
  • With the associate dean (teaching and learning), establishes and maintains indicators of faculty teaching performance for merit and promotion.
  • Is responsible for the review, revision, and approval of the faculty's teaching plan.
  • May serve as the dean's designate for faculty members' concerns and grievances at the decanal level.
  • Oversees external reviews of arts faculty academic programs and units in accordance with the university's quality assurance process, including providing guidance to heads and directors for the self-study process.
  • Coordinates with the deputy provost with regards to review matters and the implementation of report recommendations.
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The vice-dean chairs or sits on the following committees:

Faculty of Arts strategies and plans

Strategic Plan 2024-29

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Arts

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Research in Arts

Explore Arts research