Welcoming the College of Arts, Law and Education ..
As advised by the Vice-Chancellor at his March 2017 roadshow, a proposal was being progressed to extend the existing College of Arts and Law to include the Faculty of Education. I am pleased to advise that Academic Senate and Council have formally approved the proposal and endorsed the formation of the College of Arts, Law and Education (CALE) and it came in to effect on 1 July 2017.
CALE will incorporate the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Creative Arts (formally the Tasmanian College of the Arts) and the Faculties of Law and Education. The Head of School in the Faculty of Education will retain the title of Dean as is the case for the Head of School for the Faculty of Law. Each of these academic units continues to be responsible for the development and delivery of their curriculum and their research.
The expanded College will generate exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and research as well as enhanced professional experiences. Increased resources will be targeted at learning and teaching to ensure the enhancement of existing courses as well as the development of new ones with a particular emphasis on eLearning to attract enrolments and revenue.
Although largely an administrative realignment, CALE’s scale will allow for improved agility through the review and removal of unnecessary committee structures and duplication in processes. By reducing the impost of governance, more academic time will be devoted to teaching and research. As a larger operating unit, the College will have access to a broader range of professional services to support the academic mission. This agility will mean greater flexibility to target resources to deliver against core priorities.
The formation of CALE will not affect the delivery of degree programs. In time, the College will foster enhanced opportunities for study, increasing the exchange of ideas and learning opportunities.