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Setting the stage to engage, inspire and discover

Submitted by nnreimer on Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:15pm

Message from the Dean

In the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary, we strive to engage, inspire and discover. Our mission is to reflect on the world and our place in it through critical inquiry, creative practices and collaborative exploration.

The Faculty of Arts is a vast and multidisciplinary academic community. Some of our researchers are conducting cognitive neuroscience at the Foothills Hospital, while others are choreographing exquisite dance performances. Likewise, some of our students are training to master Earth-space technologies, while others are learning the vocabulary and grammar of ancient languages.

Rather than a challenge, we see diversity as our strength. Across our 12 departments and two schools, we create an environment where our students, faculty and staff foster critical thinking, engage as global citizens, and collaborate as leaders, bold innovators and creative practitioners.

The University of Calgary is a global intellectual hub in Canada’s most enterprising city. The Faculty of Arts is home to highly motivated educators, researchers and students who have the critical and technical skills, as well as the creative knowledge and spirit, to make sense of our rapidly changing and increasingly globalized world.

As the largest teaching faculty and the site of exceptional scholarly and creative activity, the Faculty of Arts is central to the University of Calgary’s Eyes High goals of sharpening our focus on research and scholarship, enriching the quality and breadth of learning, and integrating with the community.

We are excited about promoting a distinctive student experience, and our commitment to citizenship, diversity and inclusion helps build a healthy and respectful campus culture for all.

Energizing Arts 2017-2022

Energizing Arts 2017-22 – the result of extensive consultation between September 2016 and March 2017 – sets the direction for the Faculty of Arts over the next five years. Through more than 350 points of contact, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders helped to inform the strategy by sharing their thoughts and opinions through focus groups, online surveys and written feedback.

The strategy is built upon three priorities:

The Faculty of Arts has established meaningful goals, achievable actions, key responsibilities and measurable outcomes for each priority. Through the implementation of this strategy and the realization of its goals, the Faculty of Arts will make a difference in the lives of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and in our community, nation and world. 

For more information, please email

Setting the stage

View the Energizing Arts overview video.

Energizing Arts


Food marketing, policy and children’s health
Research into the effects of marketing and food packaging on the diets of children is making an impact around the world >

Studying the impact of climate change on water
An Arts researcher looks outside his discipline to protect the world’s fresh water supply >

Exploring the past to better understand today and tomorrow
Petra Dolata’s research reveals how heavily decisions of the past influence today’s energy industry >

Preserving traditional Indigenous art forms
Judy Anderson bridges the generation gap with an artistic fusion of contemporary graffiti and traditional beadwork >

Our Thanks

Special thanks to those who dedicated their time and effort to building this strategic plan.

Steering Committee

Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot
Sociology, CMSS
Byron Miller
Geography, Environmental Design
Brian Rusted
Florentine Strzelczyk
Vice Dean
Virginia Tumasz
Associate Dean, Students


Matt Abalos
Students’ Union rep
Haider Ali
FASA rep
Catherine Avramenko
MaPS rep
Reyes Bertolin Cebrian
Classics and Religion
Joy Bowen-Eyre
Community member
Francesca Cadel
School of Languages, Linguistics, Literature and Cultures
Nancy Chick
Patrick Finn
School of Creative and Performing Arts
Chris Framarin
Peter Friedrichsen
Students’ Union rep
Rob Furr
Richard Hawkins
Communication, Media and Film
Donna Keene-Ochosky
AUPE rep
Liza McCoy
Tom O'Neill
Tas Rahim
Development and Alumni
Apostolos (Paul) Serletis
Asmaa Shehata
School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures
Melanee Thomas
Political Science
Annette Timm
Dale Walde
Anthropology and Archaeology