Message from the Dean, Dr. Anne-Liisa Longmore – November 2021

Dear PSB Colleagues,

Welcome to November!

This semester is going by so quickly. In this edition’s Dean’s Message, I would like to share a few updates regarding vaccination compliance, planning for Winter 2022, an update to our value proposition work and faculty and community news and congratulations.

During the Nov. 2 Town Hall event and in a recent Information Sheridan message, our president Dr. Janet Morrison praised the continued efforts of our community in successfully facilitating a safe return to campus this fall. Additional good news was shared that we have reached a 98 per cent vaccination rate for employees and 92 per cent for students. A recent multi-pronged outreach strategy for our students resulted in a substantial uptake in uploading proof-of-vaccination documentation to Synergy, as well as providing supports and guidance for students who were unable to do so. Should students continue to reach out to you with questions or concerns about vaccine compliance, please direct them to the Sheridan Central Covid-19 and Return to Campus Updates or have them email registrar@sheridancollege.ca.

An additional reminder was also shared to all employees who have yet to complete vaccination certification information online. Understandably, those of you who are working off-campus may not have completed your certification on Synergy. Given the plans to increase on-campus presence during the Winter 2022 semester, all employees are asked to complete their vaccination certification as soon as possible. For those of you who may need an accommodation, please contact our HR partner Lisa Brady at lisa.brady@sheridancollege.ca, if you haven’t already done so. 

With respect to Winter 2022 planning, we are still awaiting additional information from the provincial government about easing restrictions for January and are expecting updated guidelines for colleges and universities shortly. Planning for the Winter 2022 semester has been ongoing since the start of the Fall semester. As indicated by Dr. Morrison, we are planning for more in-person learning opportunities across the college. PSB is increasing the number of sections offered in-person across all levels of all programs, with approximately 90 per cent of programming being offered both in-person and remotely and very few (just 8 per cent) being offered as remote only. 

As we plan for increased in-person learning, additional on-campus presence will also be required to support our learning community. To that end, all non-teaching employees who are currently working remotely and full-time faculty (who may be teaching remotely this semester and are able to do so) are invited to come to campus once before the end of December to get used to the new entry processes and enable a smooth start in January. In-person work arrangements for non-teaching staff will be developed in partnership with managers and our HR business partner as soon as we better understand our on-campus in-person support requirements. 

Thank you to all who were able to join our Value Proposition Scoping session with Danny Nashman and Caleigh Walker of The Potential Group on Oct. 27. I have heard from many who shared how much they enjoyed the session and how impressed everyone was with Danny’s facilitation. As promised, the leadership team and our Local Academic Council will be meeting with Danny to further review the data and confirm emergent themes and topics to be explored during our January strategy hive sessions. These are scheduled for Wednesday Jan. 5 and Friday Jan. 7. More details will follow soon. 

On a final note, I would like to share a few community updates and offer my congratulations on behalf of myself and our leadership team to the following colleagues:

Congratulations and thank you to our PSB community on your participation and advancement of SRCA-related activities during the past year. In total, PSB had 21 PSB faculty recipients of SRCA time during 2021, an increase of 16 over the previous year! Special mention also to Dr. Athena Mailloux, Dr. Shady Hana, Dr. Bamadev Patel, Karen Booth and Dr. Brian Chama whose research projects were noted in the 2021-2022 Sheridan Research Annual Report

Congratulations and best wishes to our Fall 2021 graduates! And a heartfelt thank you to YOU, our community (faculty and staff) who continue to put our learners in the forefront of our work and learning. Our graduates showed tremendous resilience and persistence with their studies during the pandemic and with your guidance are extremely well prepared for their careers and journeys ahead. They will undoubtedly make us all proud.

Congratulations and best wishes to Maureen Gioseffi who is joining Sheridan’s Human Resource team for a temporary assignment as an employee relations coordinator. While we will miss Maureen, we are so very pleased for her to have this professional development opportunity with HR and wish her all the best! We also extend our sincere congratulations and best wishes to Michelle Peon who will be filling in for Maureen as the academic portfolio administrator for the Human Capital and Business Operations portfolio while Maureen is on temporary assignment with HR.

Congratulations to our colleague Sarah Dickson who successfully completed her Masters in Education (specializing in Post-Secondary Studies) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Way to go, Sarah!

Congratulations, special mentions and thank you to the following PSB faculty colleagues who will be representing PSB on the following Sheridan-wide Faculty Engagement committees and Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) working groups:

PSB Faculty RepresentativeSheridan Faculty Engagement/ SEM Working Group
Peggy BarnwellAcademic Program Proposal Review Committee
Dr. Shady HanaFaculty Forum
John HardistyPolicy review committee
Paul GallantPartnerships/pathways
Dr. John LaugesenScholarship, Research & Creative Activities
Wayland ChauTeaching and Learning
Dr. Wael RamadanCollaborative Online International Learning (COIL) SEM Working Group
Georgia MelloCollaborative Online International Learning (COIL) SEM Working Group
Dr. Bamadev PaudelUN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) SEM Working Group
Dr. John LaugesenAugmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) SEM Working Group

Finally, I am very much looking forward to continuing our “virtual coffee chats.” The next is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For colleagues wishing to connect and chat one-on-one, I will hold time in my calendar on Fridays in December. Should you be interested in connecting over coffee on one of these Fridays, or on an alternate date and time, please contact Tommy Sian at tommy.sian@sheridancollege.ca and she will gladly book a time to connect.

Thank you all again for your continued persistence, hard work, and commitment to our PSB community.

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