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LEADING, MANAGING AND ORGANISING THE FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT

Foundations

  • Our aim is to lead, manage and organize ourselves so that as a Faculty we can do and be what we have reason to value. We enable faculty and staff to undertake the activities essential to our success, and all of us are involved in initiating and leading those activities. We approach issues from multiple perspectives, spanning organizational and disciplinary boundaries. Our intention is to be imaginative and decisive. We encourage learning from experience and develop our approach in light of the challenges and opportunities that we encounter.
  • To these ends, we nurture a creative and social space for our work, founded on collegiality. We each practice mutual respect, honesty, transparency and openness, and value deliberation and consensus. Based on reason, evidence and sensibility, we support and challenge each other. We are each responsible and accountable and, bounded by our aim as a Faculty, prize the freedom of each other to do and be what each has reason to value.
  • Our objective is to leverage our relatively small scale to create the benefits of an intimate and dynamic work environment. We recognize that all faculty and staff have both the freedom and the responsibility to initiate communication with each other wherever they identify an issue pertinent to the achievement or refinement of our goals. We use short lines of decision-making and expect clarity in the rationale for our choices and actions. For each of our activities we look to identify colleagues responsible for delivery, and we celebrate their accomplishments in that regard. We endeavor to empower colleagues to assume responsibilities for which they are best suited.
  • We strive for continuous progress in what our Faculty is and does, always anchored in conscious appreciation of the needs of each colleague in a people-focused, intimate environment for achieving excellence in teaching, research and community engagement.

Structure

  • The most pressing issues that we currently face include:
  • Developing the opportunities for our faculty - centered on recruitment, appointment, promotion and tenure
  • Supporting and stimulating our research
  • Developing our approach to teaching, pedagogy and learning

Accordingly, each of these three areas is led and stimulated for us by a dedicated faculty officer, respectively, our Faculty Development Coordinator; Research Coordinator; Teaching, Pedagogy and Learning Coordinator. We permanently have three further faculty officers, our Academic Lead for Undergraduate Studies, Academic Lead for Masters of Management and our Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Coordinator. As necessary, other faculty officers are appointed for periods of time to lead and stimulate the specific activities that we deem important to our development. Each officer is appointed by the Dean in accord with our collegiality and with due regard for

Equity and Balance.

  • Our Faculty Development Coordinator has the responsibilities of the Head regarding faculty recruitment, appointment, promotion and tenure as defined by the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association, in line with which we also have a Faculty Standing Committee for Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure.
  • Recognizing the need for our research to be always supported and stimulated, and for the continuous evolution of our curriculum, we complement the work of our officers with three standing groups: Research and Graduate Admissions Working Group (with a remit that encompasses faculty and student research); Masters of Management Curriculum and Admissions Working Group; Undergraduate Curriculum Working Group.
  • The Research and Graduate Admissions Working Group is chaired by our Research Coordinator. Its members include our Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Coordinator and our Faculty Administrator, as well as up to two faculty colleagues elected from amongst all faculty. It is normally convened at least once in each of the two terms of the winter session. The Research and Graduate Admissions Working Group considers ways of supporting and stimulating research in the Faculty. It also manages proposals for graduate research courses or programs and applications for graduate research studies.
  • The Masters of Management Curriculum and Admissions Working Group is chaired by our Academic Lead for Masters of Management. Its members include our Teaching, Pedagogy and Learning Coordinator and our Masters Program Coordinator, who is the staff member with responsibilities focused on our taught masters programs, as well as up to two faculty colleagues elected from amongst all faculty. It is normally convened at least once in each of the two terms of the winter session. The Masters of Management Curriculum Working Group manages proposals for taught masters courses or programs and applications for masters of management studies.
  • The Undergraduate Curriculum Working Group is chaired by our Academic Lead for Undergraduate Studies. Its members include our Teaching, Pedagogy and Learning Coordinator and our Education Adviser, who is the staff member with responsibilities focused on undergraduate programs, as well as up to two faculty colleagues elected from amongst all faculty. It is normally convened at least once in each of the two terms of the winter session. The Undergraduate Curriculum Working Group manages proposals for undergraduate courses or programs.
  • As necessary, our officers convene short-life working groups to address specific issues that we deem important to our development. Following discussion amongst colleagues, in accord with our collegiality and with due regard for equity and balance, the membership of those working groups is agreed by the Dean.
  • To focus our attention on the critical determinants of our successfully being and doing what we have reason to value, and as a means of identifying the corresponding strategic choices that we must make as a Faculty, we convene as required regular off-campus Strategy Sessions involving all faculty and staff. As needed, we include in those Sessions participation from elsewhere (in UBC and in wider communities).
  • The Dean, and where appropriate officers and working groups, report on their activities to our Faculty Council, an arena for all faculty and staff to be informed about, deliberate upon and shape our doings and beings. Our Council considers all Faculty matters under the jurisdiction or requiring the approval of the Okanagan Senate and any matter going forward to the Senate is voted upon at Council. The Council is convened at least once in each of the two terms of the winter session.
  • The Dean, and where appropriate officers and working groups, report on their activities to our Faculty Town Hall, an arena for all students, faculty and staff to be informed about, deliberate upon and shape our doings and beings. The Town Hall is normally convened at least once in the two terms of the winter session.

Future developments

  • Learning from our experiences and the challenges that we face, we intend to keep our structure under systematic review and to enhance the way that it is supported so as to be coherent, consistent and increasingly effective in leading, managing and organizing our activities.

Last reviewed shim9/24/2014 2:00:02 PM