Associate Dean Newsletter - April 2018

tracyTracy Isaacs, Associate Dean (Academic)
Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Dear Arts and Humanities Students,

Hi Everyone. It’s the end game of the 2018 Winter term and so many of us are absorbed in the task of staying on top of our deadlines. If we’re really organized, we can also find time to sleep, eat decent meals, exercise, and enjoy some leisure time. It’s a hectic month but the end is in sight.

Almost all of us – myself and your professors included – experience a bit more stress at this time of year and it can all get a bit overwhelming. If you feel you could benefit from some help and support, please make sure to check out the section of my newsletter on “Resources for students in need.” Check the Wellness Events Calendar for a meditation or yoga session, study and time management workshops, and opportunities to decompress with the therapy dogs:

In this month’s edition of the Associate Dean’s Newsletter, I’ll be covering:

  1. The Undergraduate Awards
  2. Congratulations to Some Fabulous Teachers in the Arts & Humanities
  3. Important Dates
  4. Final Exams – Important information
  5. Grade Submissions and Incompletes
  6. Apply to Graduate
  7. Summer Courses
  8. Resources for Students in Need
  9. Events

The Undergraduate Awards

I encourage you to submit your best essay to be considered for the Undergraduate Awards, an international competition that Western has been invited to participate in for the past number of years. Students from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have done us proud, achieving great success in this competition. The Provost has paid for Western students who have won in their category or whose work has been in the "highly commended" group (for the top 10% of entries in their category) to go to Dublin, Ireland for the awards ceremony in the fall. 

The deadline for entries is June 12th, 2018. Information about eligibility and how to enter is on The Undergraduate Awards website: 

You are a talented group of students who already have a distinguished record of success in this prestigious award competition. I have no doubt that we will continue this pattern of accomplishment this year. If you have an eligible essay that received a high A or A+, please submit it to The Undergraduate Awards for consideration.

Congratulations to Some Fabulous Teachers in the Arts & Humanities

It’s my great pleasure to share with you some excellent news about our teaching awards recipient. Professor Joel Faflak (English and Writing Studies, Faculty of Arts & Humanities) has been awarded the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching. We in Arts and Humanities are extremely fortunate to have such an outstanding teacher in our Faculty. Congratulations, Professor Faflak!

I’m also pleased to announce that our Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Awards this year have been awarded to Professor Geneviève De Viveiros from French Studies (full-time award) and to Professor Nichole Edwards from Women’s Studies and Feminist Research (part-time award). We are extremely fortunate to have such accomplished instructors teaching our courses, and I extend warm congratulations to Professors De Viveiros and Edwards for their achievements in teaching.

Important Dates

  • April 1st: Easter Sunday.
  • April 11th: Fall/Winter term classes end.
  • April 12th & 13th: Study Days.
  • April 14th – April 30th: Final Examination period.
  • April 30th: Deadline to apply for Spring Convocation.

Final Exams – Important Information

Please carefully review the information regarding exams found on our website:

The final exam schedule can be found here:

Be mindful that accommodations for missed exams are not granted for sleeping in, misreading the exam timetable, or not being able to find your exam room. If you fall ill, please note that you must go and see a doctor and obtain a Student Medical Certificate, which must be filled out. You can find the Student Medical Certificate on our website here:

Grade Submissions and Incompletes

Course instructors must submit grades for their course a week after the final exam or, in the case of a course that doesn't have a final exam, a week after the end of classes. If you are unable to complete your course requirements because of documented reasons then you must see us in Academic Counselling immediately (see our website for more details on this:

Apply to Graduate

For all students who are eligible to graduate, please visit the Convocation information page: especially “preparing to graduate,” which outlines what you need to do to ensure that you receive your diploma and are eligible to walk across the Convocation stage. Most importantly, if you are unsure about the programs you think you are graduating with, please consult your academic counsellor sooner than later. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2018.

Summer Courses

Summer registration began in early March, but you can still register in courses. Please note that you must do your summer term activation first – you can find information about activation, courses and dates on the Summer Academic Calendar:


Resources for students

 Across campus we have various activities and resources to assist students. If you feel overwhelmed or stressed, please reach out to someone and be aware of the resources available to you.

Student Development Centre

SDC has many resources, from individual counselling to learning skills. They are located in Western Student Services Bldg (WSS), Room 4100 and their hours are 8:30 – 4:00.

Learning Skills Services

Learning Skills Services offers valuable resources to help students with challenges including exam preparation and time management. They also host ongoing workshops to improve writing and learning. To find out more about what’s being offered and to sign up, visit their website:

Wellness Education Centre 

The Wellness Education Centre (in the basement of the UCC) is a safe environment where you can discuss the various resources available on campus.
Wellness events can be found here:

Student Wellness Guide:

Mental Health and Wellness Resources:


Please follow this link for events on campus:

This is my last newsletter until September. Good luck on your final assignments and examinations. And warmest congratulations to those of you who are graduating in June. I will see you at convocation.

To everyone, have a fantastic summer, whether you’re mostly working, playing, or studying.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Isaacs