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Interim Dean Duties

Dr. Matthew Letts

* Dr. Letts is currently Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science.

Destination Project

  • Represent the Faculty of Arts & Science on planning and implementation projects related to the construction of the new science and academic building

Faculty Space Planning and Space Assignment/Renovation

  • Short-term decisions regarding space needs (temporary hires/graduate students/visiting scholars, Risk and Safety Services issues)
  • Medium-term decisions concerning departmental growth, and moves triggered by new buildings and the inevitable shuffle which follows
  • Long-term planning and providing advice to the Dean regarding space planning for new additions, and new buildings
  • Oversight of research equipment and related renovations, as well as interfacing with Office of Research Services
  • Consideration of equipment purchases, and equipment placement, supplies to buildings, and in many cases, renovations to floor-plans
  • Working with the Office of Research Services as new projects are developed

New Programme & Initiative Development

  • Development of new initiatives and programmes in accordance with identified strengths and in coordination with the Strategic Enrolment Management plan
  • Coordinating arts and science elements to be included in the Institutional Access Plan, and the Enrolment Planning Envelopes
  • Exploration of alternative course delivery models and methods
  • Providing assistance in coordination of funding requests

International Recruitment

  • Collaborating with the International Centre for Students in the development and execution of offshore recruitment strategies
  • Development of Articulation and other agreements, including Study Abroad/Exchange programs

Necho Approvals

  • Act as Dean’s designate, where needed, for one-over-one signing authority for expenditures by faculty members, Chairs, Coordinators


  • Representing the Dean at teaching, research, and interview sessions for academic candidates

Public Relations/Advancement

  • Attending, and occasionally hosting, public events on behalf of the Faculty and the University

Professional Activities Reports and Salary, Tenure, and Promotion Tasks

  • Assisting in the process for annual/biennial evaluation of faculty members, and in the management/operation of activities of STP Committees


  • Participating in the delivery of the undergraduate program (no more than one course per academic year)
  • Instructing and supervising graduate students (at discretion, and in accord with needs of the program of research)

Other Duties

  • Miscellaneous duties assigned and undertaken as needed, for the efficient functioning of the Dean’s Office