In September 2019, President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard and Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Janice Ristock initiated an important conversation with the Art and Music faculty and staff. They invited the faculty, staff, and students of Art and Music to begin to explore the opportunity to create a more integrated structure that would include art and music. The dean of Music and the acting director of Art will lead this work and initiate conversations through a meaningful and consultative dialogue. Unit-based engagement will occur during November and December with the goal of having a draft set of options for consideration in early 2020.
Faculty of Human Ecology
Throughout its 105 year history at the University of Manitoba, the study of Human Ecology has evolved to reflect the educational and research needs of a changing society. It has grown from being a diploma in Household Sciences at the Manitoba Agricultural College in 1910 to become the School of Home Economics in 1943. In 1970, the School was granted official faculty status and in 1981, the Faculty changed its name to Human Ecology to reflect the diversification of curricula. In 2012, discussions about exploring partnerships between the Faculty of Human Ecology and other faculties were initiated as part of the university’s Academic Structure Initiative.
As a result of the initiative, the Faculty of Human Ecology’s departments will all have joined with other faculties by July 1, 2015. As such, the Faculty Council and Senate recommended that the Faculty of Human Ecology be closed effective July 1, 2015. The Board of Governors approved this recommendation on June 23, 2015.
For further information, please see the message from Dr. Joanne C. Keselman, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost (dated June 26, 2015). Additional details on the departmental moves and the academic structure initiative can be found on this page.
As part of the University of Manitoba's Academic Structure Initiative (ASI), Senate has approved in principle and recommended to the Board of Governors the merger of the Department of Textile Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, and the Department of Biosystems Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. On March 17, 2015, the Board of Governors approved this recommendation. By bringing together the two departments, the university will strengthen productivity and innovation by generating designs based in engineering that provide solutions to environmental, agricultural, biological and health-related problems. More...
Family Social Sciences
As part of the University of Manitoba's Academic Structure Initiative (ASI), Senate has approved in principle and recommended to the Board of Governors the merger of the Department of Family Social Sciences (FSS), Faculty of Human Ecology, and the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS), Faculty of Health Sciences. On June 24, 2014, the Board of Governors approved this recommendation. By bringing together the two departments, the university strengthens its leadership role in teaching, research and outreach in family and population health research and education. More...
Human Nutritional Sciences
As part of the University of Manitoba's Academic Structure Initiative (ASI), on May 14, 2014, Senate approved, in principle, and recommended to the Board of Governors that it approve the joining of the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. On May 20, 2014, the Board of Governors approved this recommendation. As such, effective July 1, 2014, the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences will move to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. More...
The cluster mechanism was identified as a useful starting point for re-structuring and the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost began working with the health sciences deans and directors to develop a proposal or set of options for this cluster for December 2012 for consideration by our governing bodies.
In November 2012, two options for a more integrated structure in the health sciences were proposed. Following an extensive period of consultation and feedback, the University's Board of Governors approved Senate's recommendation to establish a Faculty of Health Sciences (as outlined in the proposal dated April 2013 and as revised in August 2013).
The new Faculty of Health Sciences will include the Faculties of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and the Schools of Dental Hygiene and Medical Rehabilitation. The vision is to position the University of Manitoba as an international leader in health professions education, research and practice.