MacLean reappointed dean of Faculty of Arts and Science
Alistair MacLean looks back on his past five years as the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and sees several positives despite stringent budget conditions.
“We are still able to offer some breadth to our students. The quality of teaching and research is still excellent despite all of the pressures that have been on us and that’s due to the team I work with, the faculty and staff,” he says.
Dean MacLean was recently reappointed to lead the university’s largest faculty for the next two years effective July 1 while incoming provost Alan Harrison leads the search for the next dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science.
With the financial pressures expected to continue, Dean MacLean’s main priority is preserving the academic excellence within the faculty and he knows he can’t do it alone.
“Continuing to achieve high quality in the current conditions is really something everyone is going to have to play a role in, not just the dean and administrators,” he says.
Dean MacLean’s research on aspects of the psychology of sleep has taken a back to seat to faculty work in recent years. However, he still supervises two undergraduate thesis students and reviews papers and grant proposals, activities that he will continue to do over the next two years.
Dean MacLean boasts an extensive record of service to the university, to the community and to his profession. He has held various administrative positions at Queen’s, including head of the Department of Psychology, associate dean and vice-dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science before becoming the dean in July 2006. He is a recipient of the T. Geoffrey Flynn Advancement Champion Award.
His professional activity has included membership on several external committees as well as a period as president of the Canadian Sleep Society.