As detailed below, the last five years have seen a significant expansion of the fulltime professoriate in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. In 2017, we held 63 FTE faculty in the tenure stream and term Lectureships; in 2021, we sit at 74.5, including 5 joint-appointments (3 with the Gender and Women’s Studies program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, a 4th with History and Sociology, and the 5th with the Faculty of Management). With a successful 21-22 hiring cycle, the Faculty will have hired 19 new faculty members into the tenure stream, across all departments, since 2016-17, including 3 full professors, and a first CRC-Tier 2 appointment at the rank of Associate Professor.
The Faculty’s commitment to Indigenous engagement and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives across all areas (including hiring) has made the Faculty a campus leader with respect to both TRC and anti-racist strategies. In 2015, the Faculty created the Indigenous Engagement Strategy Committee—the first of its kind on the campus—to promote FCCS Indigenous programming and student support initiatives. In 2018, the faculty appointed Okanagan Nation Alliance elders Christine Marchand and Eric Mitchell as adjunct professors, and supported their work to develop and deliver Indigenous cultural safety training programs to the faculty, staff, and students of FCCS. (We also championed their nomination for honorary doctorates as well, which were conferred in 2020.) With the appointment of Tania Willard (Secwepemc nation, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts) to the Department of Creative Studies, we have maintained programming and support for the Indigenous Art Intensive (begun in 2015). In 2020, we appointed Kerrie Charnley (Salish and Katzie First Nation) to the educational leadership stream in English to build Indigenous pedagogy and anti-colonial practice into our curriculum in English, CORH, and other programs as well. In the same year, Languages and World Literature hired Monica Good, who specializes in intercultural communication and indigenous legal and language rights in Mexico and the southwestern US. These are only a few such important additions to the FCCS community’s anti-racist and Indigenous engagement community.
The Faculty’s recent hiring practices have promoted the Faculty’s and the campus’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Of the 13 appointments to the tenure stream made beginning in 2018, 10 are women, and 9 come from equity-deserving and BIPoC communities. It should be noted that the Provost and Vice-President Academic, as part of her commitment to enabling anti-racist strategies and practices at UBC, provided a financial incentive for departments to recruit BIPoC faculty into the tenure stream, and that all FCCS departments have taken or are planning to take advantage of this program. All departments have committed to and in some cases taken important steps to decolonizing teaching and learning, from curriculum development to academic searches. For more detailed discussion of these activities, please refer to the curriculum and departmental reports later in this study.
In terms of research and teaching, the Faculty’s commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research remains strong, as evidenced through new program development (BMS redevelopment, CORH, and WRLD, respectively); the successful rollout of the new IGS theme in Digital Arts and Humanities; the appointment of our first CRC-Tier 2 (in Environmental Humanities and Feminist Research); and successful and planned searches in environmental justice, and Asian and global art history and visual culture. We have also seen significant grants success, including a SSHRC Institutional Partnership award (Karis Shearer, 2018), multiple SSHRC Insight and IDG awards, an NSRCC CREATE Award (Aleks Dulic, 2021), an NSRCC Discovery award (Thorogood, 2021), 4 CFI-JELF awards in the arts (Smith, Willard, Murphy, Thorogood), and numerous BC Arts and Canada Council awards to creative researchers. We have also had success winning internal grants, including the prestigious Eminence Award (Magnat), a Principal’s Research Chair (Shearer), and major multi-year ALT Funding (Spies, Ravindran, Langevin, Peña, and Araujo) to support learning initiatives. For more detailed discussion, please refer to the report on research achievements later in this document.
The Faculty’s public engagement has emerged as signal strength for the campus’s vital role in the local community. Highlights include the launch of the UBCO Art Gallery; the re-launch of the Woodhaven Eco-culture Centre; multiple public engagements with local arts groups (Kelowna Art Gallery, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Opera Kelowna, the Caetani Centre for Culture); and two highly successful public art/mural classes we now run in the summer.