Dean, Faculty of Arts

Update 2

May 7, 2024


The Dean, Faculty of Arts has provided a summary of accomplishments and a vision statement for the Faculty of Arts for the next five years.

We invite you to review these documents, and provide your input in confidence to the Reappointment Committee.

Please send your feedback no later than Tuesday May 14, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. to Angela Leader, Executive Assistant to the Provost at  All input received will be collated, anonymized and provided to the Reappointment Committee for their review.

In consultation with the Faculty of Arts, the Reappointment Committee membership has been determined as follows:

  • Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Chair – Dr. Isabelle Dostaler
  • 3 URFA faculty members – Dr. James Gacek; Dr. Nick Carleton; Dr. Claire Carter
  • 1 Out-of-scope representative – Julia Lacey
  • 1 APT member – Cassi Tremblay
  • 1 CUPE member – Annaleigh Baker
  • 1 Student – Eric Horbal
  • 1 UR Deans' Council representative – Dr. David Dick


The Committee will be supported by Angela Leader of the Provost’s Office and Danni Kenzle of Human Resources.


Update 1

April 3, 2024


Dr. Shannon Dea’s term as Dean, Faculty of Arts is scheduled to end on June 30, 2025.

University policy governing out-of-scope academic administrative appointments (EMP-010-030) calls for a review in the penultimate year of appointment, provided both parties agree to consider a second term. Here is the relevant passage from that policy:
During the penultimate year of an out-of-scope individual’s term, the Supervising Authority and the individual will meet. If the two agree that a subsequent term should be considered, the Supervising Authority will initiate the renewal process.
The Supervising Authority will establish a Reappointment Committee which is advisory to the Supervising Authority. The Supervising Authority shall ensure that the committee has appropriate representation from the University community and other appropriate stakeholders. The composition of the committee shall be made public prior to the first meeting of the committee.
The individual will be invited to prepare a summary of accomplishments during the current term, a brief statement describing (in the context of the University’s Strategic Plan) a vision for the unit over the next five years and current curriculum vitae. The vision will be publicly available and all of the documents will be available to the committee.
The deliberations of the committee are strictly confidential. The committee will seek input from those who have worked closely with the individual. Having considered the input received and having met with the individual, the committee will advise the Supervising Authority regarding reappointment.
The Supervising Authority will consider the advice of the committee and the annual performance evaluations of the individual during the time in the position, and will make a recommendation to the Appointing Authority.

As Provost, I am the Dean, Faculty of Arts’ supervising authority; the President is the appointing authority. I have talked with Dr. Dea and we have agreed to consider a second term based on a successful renewal consultation with Faculty of Arts’ faculty and staff, as well as the wider University community.

Tentative Timeline for review (April-June 2024)

April 17:
Review announced; call for elections/nominations to the Reappointment Committee made.
April 30: Provost's Office receives names of elected/nominated individuals.
May 7: Composition of Reappointment Committee announced; Dr. Dea's summary of accomplishments and vision documents made available on the review webpage; call for written input made to faculty, staff, students and stakeholders.
May 14: Deadline for receipt of written input from faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders; all written input anonymized and collated by Provost's Office for review by Committee.
Week of May 20: Reappointment Committee meets to discuss input and provide recommendation.
By May 31: Recommendation made to President.
By June 14: Announcement of outcome.
Composition of Reappointment Committee
Provost (Chair)
3 URFA Academic Arts staff, elected or selected
1 Out-of-scope representative, elected or selected
1 APT member of Arts staff, elected or selected
1 CUPE member of Arts staff, elected or selected
1 Student of Arts, elected or selected
1 member of UR Deans' Council, selected by the Provost
The committee will be supported in its work by Angela Leader, Executive Assistant to the Provost and Danni Kenzle, Human Resources Director, Organizational Development & People Programs.

I look forward to working with the Faculty of Arts throughout this review. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office.
Isabelle Dostaler, PhD
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)