Associate Dean Newsletter

APRIL 2019

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

Dear Arts and Humanities Students, 

For many of us (me included), the home stretch is always exciting and terrifying at the same time. It’s not only about time management, but inevitably also about stress management. While of course we need to take care of our academic responsibilities, we also need to make space for leisure, sleep, physical activity, proper meals, and fresh air.  Keep in mind that it is totally normal to experience some stress at this time of year and even to feel overwhelmed sometimes. If you feel you could benefit from some help and support, please check the “Resources for Students in Need” section of the newsletter. And remember, my team in academic counselling – Carrie Connelly, Amanda Green, and Ben Hakala – are always happy to help when they can and able to point you in the direction of other supports when you’re not sure where to look. Western also has a great Health and Wellness website with all sorts of resources for the campus community.


In this month’s edition of the Associate Dean’s Newsletter:

      1. Arts and Humanities Teaching Awards
      2. Important Dates
      3. Final Exams 
      4. Grade Submissions and Incompletes
      5. Apply to Graduate 
      6. Summer Courses
      7. Resources for Students in Need
      8. Volunteer Opportunities
      9. News from the AHSC
      10. Student art work in Academic Counselling 
      11. Events


It is my great pleasure to announce that Professor Kirsty Robertson (Visual Arts) is this year’s recipient of the Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Award (Full-Time). Not only is Professor Robertson an outstanding teacher whose students consistently point out her passion for teaching and her creative, engaging, challenging, and inspiring classes, but she has also singlehandedly created a signature undergraduate programme for the Department of Visual Arts and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, namely Museum and Curatorial Studies…, the only [programme] of its kind in Canada. We are truly fortunate to have such an outstanding teacher in our Faculty, as I’m sure all of you who have been in one of Professor Robertson’s classes can attest.  



  • April 9th - Fall/Winter term classes end.
  • April 10th - Study day / Arts Outreach Day!
  • April 11th – April 30th -  Final Examination period.
  • April 19thth - Good Friday
  • April 30th -  Deadline for applications for graduation: Spring Convocation


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:


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 (usually medical) then you must see us in Academic Counselling immediately.


 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 for Spring Convocation is April 30, 2019.


Summer registration began on March 4th, but you can still register in courses. You can find information about Summer Courses here:


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:

Mental Health and Wellness Resources:



Attention Arts and Humanities Students!


Do you have a passion for your Faculty? Do you love getting others excited about Arts and Humanities? If so, we have an amazing opportunity for you! On April 10th, 2019 from 9:00am - 12:00pm we will be hosting a major Outreach Event called "Arts Outreach Day." This event brings Grade 11 students from London and area to our Faculty, where they will have the opportunity to take part in a morning of mini lectures and Q and A's with Arts and Humanities Students. We are currently recruiting volunteers for this event, and volunteers will be able to put this experience on their co-curricular record! If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please email Carrie Connelly: before April 5th. For more information about the event, check out the website:


Hey Arts and Humanities students! Election season has wrapped up and our council is thrilled to introduce to you our incoming executive:

President: Jerika Caduhada (
Vice President Academics: Deepiksha Singh (
Vice President Communications: Shelby Hohmann (
Vice President Events: Diyasha Sen (
Vice President Finance: Morgan McAuley (

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and Instagram @ahscwesternu for more updates on all we’ve got planned for you next year.

As finals season comes upon us, please also don’t forget to reach out to our Department Representatives if you have any questions or concerns (or even if you simply want to chat). Find their info on our website

Happy studying, and we’re so excited for yet another amazing year with you!


We currently have a lovely piece on display in counselling by one of our talented students, Myles J. Lynch. If you are interested in submitting a piece of work for our office, please contact


Please follow this link for events:

This is my last newsletter until September 2020—I will be on a 14-month study leave and sabbatical starting July 1, 2019. My colleague, Professor Jan Plug, will be serving as Acting Associate Dean (Academic) while I’m away.

May you all have a successful end of term. To our graduates, I look forward to seeing you and your families at Convocation on June 17th at 10 a.m.

I wish you all the best for a wonderful summer with the right balance for you of work, study, leisure, travel, and rest.

Yours sincerely,


Tracy Isaacs, Associate Dean (Academic)