Message from the Dean, Dr. Anne-Liisa Longmore – February 2022

I trust this Dean’s message and our first edition of SpeakingBiz in 2022 finds you well and that your winter 2022 semester is going well.

At the start of this term, we welcomed ten new full-time PSB community members, including: Dr. Roya Rouzbehani, our new Associate Dean for the Finance, Accounting Management, and Economics portfolio, as well as several faculty colleagues: Vishal Badiani, Hyacinth Campbell, Jennifer Chapman, Dr. Patrick Francis, Izhak Goldhaber, Emiliano Introcaso, Dr. Brandon McFarlane, Dana Moskowitz, and Dr. Meagan Troop.  We are thrilled they have chosen Sheridan and the Pilon School of Business, and look forward to working, learning, and innovating with them over the months and years to come.

While it may sound cliché, the people in PSB are truly our greatest assets. Together we continue to demonstrate a fierce commitment to our learning, development, and innovation that translates into exceptional learning experiences for our students. We continue to advance our academic plan through initiatives such as the first-year experience, our competencies framework, assessment and Hi-Flex pilots, and investment in the non-direct market through our work in the post-graduate and alternative studies portfolio (to name a few). The emphasis on relationships, internally, pan-institutionally, and externally, continue to bear fruit with the expansion of partnerships and pathways. This includes our recent accreditation with Supply Chain Canada and the Canadian Professional Sales Association, and the exploration of new interdisciplinary program ideas emerging with other Faculties and the Research Centres. Additional examples of our exemplary work are shared within this edition of SpeakingBiz with continued advancement in signature learning experiences such as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), and investing in ways to expand equity, diversity, and inclusion in our curriculum and learning in our classrooms in the Advertising and HR programs. We will also share how we contributed meaningfully to our community through the successful development of an integrated communications campaign for Sheridan’s Black History Month celebration by our third year Advertising and Marketing communications faculty and students. This year’s theme for celebrating Black History Month is “Imagining Futures”. Please be sure to check out the resources and opportunities to celebrate, engage in conversation, and “build upon the evolution of the last two years and envision dynamic futures grounded in hope, futures realized by all members of our community” (Sheridan Student Union, Black History Month, 2022) within this month’s SpeakingBiz. 

Our investment in crafting PSB’s value proposition also continues with invitations to participate in newly scheduled virtual “Strategy Hives” on March 3rd and 4th. Invitations have been emailed to program advisory council members, alumni, students, and internal partners earlier this week.  Participation is voluntary, and to accommodate (to the best of our ability) the balancing of different priorities and responsibilities, we have included additional options to contribute feedback via survey, and after the Hives. Further information may also be found in this edition of the newsletter. While we appreciate how busy this time of the semester is for many, we hope you might find time in your schedule to join us to share your voice, perspectives, and insights to this very important initiative for our community. 

Before I conclude this month’s Dean’s message, I wish to acknowledge the sadness we are feeling over the loss of our colleague, Brian Kasta. Brian had been a longstanding partial load faculty member in PSB since 1999. Always ready with a smile, a sincere interest in others, and a kind word, Brian’s presence will be missed in PSB. A link to an e-card was distributed earlier this week to our community which will be delivered to Brian’s family by week’s end. For those of you who may be interested in sharing a story or offering your condolences with Brian’s family, you can also do so through this link.  

As always please feel free to reach out to me via email at anneliisa.longmore@sheridancollege.ca, or one of your Associate Deans/Managers, should you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Please stay safe and stay well.

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