The Dean of Arts has not responded in writing to the letter sent to her in early December by faculty members in the department of English & Film Studies. This announcement has, however, just been sent out to all members of the department:
Special Department Council Meeting
There will be a special meeting of the Department Council this Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 2:30p.m. in Lecture Theatre 3, Humanities Centre.
All professors, full-time contract instructors, elected part-time contract instructors, Postdoctoral Fellows, elected G.S.E.C. and undergraduate student representatives, the Assistant Chair (Administration), and a representative from the support staff are eligible to attend.
A G E N D A
This meeting has been called at the request of the Dean of Arts who will be present to discuss the Administrative Review Process.
This meeting should, of course, have been held months ago — as soon as possible in September, when all faculty not on sabbatical were back on campus, to fulfill their teaching responsibilities. The faculty could then have begun to play, as early as possible in the process, the role of collective decision-makers in regard to the untenable proposition before us, to cut $1.5 million from the operating budget. We have already been informed (by the Vice-Dean, Heather Zwicker) that the cuts for this year are going ahead. Even if this is true, this special meeting of the council of the Department of English & Film Studies still offers us the opportunity (amongst other things) to object to the Dean’s choice not to proceed, in this matter of vital importance to the current and long-term health of the Faculty, according to the principles of collegial governance. This could serve as one step towards ensuring that the decision-making in regard to the next round of cuts will be what the Dean has stated the process this year could not be, a “democratic” one.