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Acting Deans appointed in the Faculties of Fine Arts, Humanities and Science

Please join us in welcoming the following Acting Deans. Faculty of Fine Arts Dr. Susan Lewis has been appointed as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts beginning July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.    Faculty of Humanities Dr. Cedric Littlewood will serve as Acting Dean for the Faculty of Humanities for the period of July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.  Faculty of Science Dr. Kathryn Gillis has been appointed as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science beginning July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. 

Dr. Patricia Marck appointed Dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Development

On behalf of the Appointment Committee, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Marck serve as Dean of the Faculty of Human & Social Development for a term effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020.  We are sure you will join with us in congratulating Dr. Marck. Sincerely,  Valerie S. Kuehne, PhD Vice-President Academic and Provost   and   Sarah J. Blackstone, PhD Chair, Appointment Committee for the Dean of Human & Social Development, and Advisor to the Provost, Special Projects

Dr. Lipson reappointed as Dean of Science

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Rob Lipson has been reappointed as the Dean of Science for a further term effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019, following a period of administrative leave from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. We are sure that you will join us in congratulating Dr. Lipson. Sincerely, Valerie S. Kuehne, PhD Acting Vice-President Academic and Provost and Catherine Mateer, PhD Associate Vice-President Academic Planning, and Chair of the Appointment and Reappointment Committee for the Dean of Science

New - Dr. Valerie S. Kuehne appointed as Vice-President Academic and Provost for five-year term, effective July 1, 2015

The University of Victoria's Board of Governors has today appointed Dr. Valerie Kuehne as Vice-President Academic and Provost for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2015. For further information, please follow the links below: Dr. Kuehne's biography Ring Article

Call for nomination_2015-2016 Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture

The Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture Committee is accepting nominations for the 2015-16 academic year.  The series was established to highlight and honour outstanding research achievements by women scholars. Further details on requirements and the process can be found on this poster.  The deadline for submission is Friday, May 22, 2015 and the electronic nomination package (in PDF) must be sent to the attention of Ased Said at vpacproj@uvic.ca.

Joint Committee on Gender Pay Equity Report and Final Decision

The final report on the issue of Gender Pay Equity at the University of Victoria from the Joint Committee on Gender Pay Equity is now available. The Joint Committee was established as the result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the University and the Faculty Association in the last round of bargaining.  For further information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the gender pay equity page

Provost's Advocacy and Activism Award

The University of Victoria acknowledges the presence of dedicated advocates and activists within our community. These individuals address systemic or institutionalized barriers as champions for others. Recognition from others, including the provision of resources, is crucial to fostering an environment that supports and nurtures these indivdiuals or groups and their activism. These inaugural awards are open to current students, faculty or staff, and alumni who demonstrate dedication to the advancement of social equity through advocacy and activism. Information about the award Nomination Form

Percentage Grading Scale

In April 2011, Senate approved the implementation of percentage grading scale. On May 3, 2013, Senate approved further motions related to the implementation of percentage grading and comparative grading. Specifically, it was approved that the existing 9 point grading system would be retained as the basis for the calculation and display of the sessional, cumulative and graduating grade point averages and determination of academic standing.  In addition, the Senate agreed “to not proceed with the motion approved by Senate on April 1, 2011 to implement changes to the grade point average scale and a change in the course value system to credits from units”. The May 2013 senate motions addressed concerns raised at senate in Fall  2012 regarding the delay of implementation, given the time and resources required for Phase II of  Percentage and Comparative Grading project. Further investigation was undertaken and options developed and presented to Deans Council and the Associate Deans for their consideration in early spring 2013. The Deans and Associate Deans agreed to unanimously support an implementation option that would achieve the desired implementation of percentage grading and comparative grade information as soon as possible. The option was reviewed by the Senate Committee on Academic Standards (SCAS) and it was forwarded to Senate for consideration with endorsement of SCAS.As we transition to the new grading scale, information and resources will be made available on our resources page at: http://www.uvic.ca/vpacademic/resources/percentage/index.php

UVic named one of Canada's best diversity employers for fourth year in a row

UVic was named one of Canada's best diversity employers for the fourth year in a row in this year's Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition. The University has been recognized for creating an inclusive workplace culture. For further information on the award, please see this news release.