Provost giving State of the Academy address on November 18

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McMaster faculty, students and staff are invited to join Susan Tighe, provost and vice-president (Academic) for her inaugural State of the Academy address—covering both where we are and where we’re going as an institution.

The event will be livestreamed to McMaster’s YouTube channel on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET. No registration is necessary. The event will be live CART captioned and will be recorded for those who can’t attend live.

“It has been a difficult 19 months, but despite the challenges we have faced, the hard work and dedication of teams across McMaster has allowed us to successfully manage our pandemic response while moving critical projects forward and keeping our focus on the horizon,” said Tighe.

During the address, Tighe will share statistics from the past year of McMaster’s operations, as well as key milestones on the road Back to Mac, from the collaborative planning approach with McMaster experts to our progress in the Fall 2021 term and planning for Winter 2022.

There will also be a focus on a few of the many important initiatives underway at McMaster, along with how these support the institutional priorities in the President’s Strategic Plan:

  • Advancing McMaster’s first Teaching & Learning Strategy
  • Supporting Inclusive Excellence through McMaster’s Black Excellence Initiative cohort hire
  • Support of the Indigenous Education Council and McMaster Indigenous Research Institute’s Indigenous Strategic Directions Plan
  • Mental health supports guided by the Okanagan Charter and the Mental Health & Well-being Task Force
  • Supporting opportunities for interdisciplinary, experiential, and community-engaged learning and research
  • Faculty and program reviews occurring over the next year
  • Supporting opportunities for collaboration across the institution which capitalize on McMaster’s strengths

Part of the address will also provide an opportunity to hear from you.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit questions on the above topics. Although the Provost will not be able to answer all submitted questions one-by-one, they will help to guide the development of the presentation, and some will be highlighted during the address.

Community members are also invited to submit a short description of something they’re proud of in their work or studies over the last year, or a short description of what they’re looking forward to as we move out of the pandemic. Fill out this Microsoft Form if you would like to submit a question or highlight. Please note you will be required to log in with your McMaster email to access the form.

“I would love to hear what our community members are most proud of in their work or studies over the last year and what they are looking forward to over the next year. These will help us learn more about what we have achieved, how we’ve worked together and what we share as we look to the future.”

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