Strategic Plan

Launched in fall 2019, the Faculty of Arts and Science Strategic Plan sets out clearly articulated pathways to strengthening and expanding our vision in the 21st century.

The Strategic Plan provides a clear vision and a set of principles, priorities, initiatives and metrics to guide us through the next five years. 

This is the first Strategic Plan for the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s. 

The Faculty embarked on its strategic planning process in the fall of 2018, with a series of consultations involving online surveys, formal submissions from academic departments and student associations, as well as focus groups and town halls involving staff, undergraduate and graduate students, new faculty members, program coordinators and department heads, Faculty Board members, the Dean’s Council, and alumni. Two working groups were established, Strategic Planning and Equity Advisory, to review and synthesize these wide-ranging submissions.

For reporting on the Faculty's Strategic Plans, please see the Annual reviews for the past 2 years. 

Strategic Plan - Digital Version  
Strategic Plan - Printable Version

Annual Reviews

The stories in our Annual Review are proof of the remarkable things that can be accomplished when we rally together, and how adverse conditions can provide opportunity for collaboration and change. We hope you enjoy reading them.

Annual Reviews

Timeline & Consultation Notes

The timeline for the Strategic Plan is presented below. 

October 2018
  • Working Group established
  • Communications / Invitation to in-person sessions delivered faculty wide (poster / email)
  • Webpage launched
  • Presentations
    • Faculty Board, October 19 [slides]
  • Written submission for organizations open
November 2018
  • Workgroup Meeting #1: November 2
  • Presentations
    • ASUS, November 1 [slides]
    • Dean's Council, November 2 [slides]
    • DSC Assembly, November 14 [slides]
    • SGPS Assembly, November 27 [slides]
  • Consultation sessions - Students, Staff, and Faculty
  • Faculty Office Consultation
  • Written submissions for individuals opened
December 2018
  • Consultation session - Graduate Students / Faculty members 
  • Committee of Departments Consultation
  • Dean's Council Consultation
January 2019
  • Working Group meetings (January 21, 28)
  • Online Survey closed - comments received (January 11)
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
September 2019
  • Strategic Plan launched and celebrated at an event in Mackintosh-Corry Hall Student Street (September 26)

Working Group

The Strategic Planning Working Group consisted of 1 faculty member from each cognate as elected by the cognate faculty members, 1 staff representative, the Dean, the Vice-Dean, an undergraduate student representative, and a graduate student representative. The working group focused on what questions were asked during the process, reviewing and analyzing the data collected through the consultations and survey, and in collaboration with the Dean’s office staff, drafting the final strategic plan for approval at Faculty Board.

The Working Group Members are:

  • Barbara Crow, Dean (Chair)   
  • Gordon Smith, Vice-Dean   
  • Marc Dignam, Science representative   
  • Christine Sypnowich, Humanities representative   
  • Marcus Taylor, Social Sciences representative  
  • Zsuzsa Csergo, Social Sciences representative  
  • Heather Drouillard, Staff representative   
  • Leo Erlikhman, SGPS representative   
  • Sagal Sharma, ASUS representative   
  • Erik Lockhart (Facilitator, Smith School of Business)

Working Group Meetings:

DateTimeMeetings Objectives
November 2 Initial Meeting
January 219:00-12:00Vision and Priorities for FAS
January 281:00-4:00Developing Strategies
February 19:00-12:00Measuring our Success, Review Draft Presentation to Faculty Board
February 189:00-11:00Review of Draft Document
March 49:00-11:00Second Review of Draft Document
March 119:00-11:00Final Review of Document

The Purpose of the Strategic Planning Working Group:

The purpose of the Strategic Planning Working Group (SPWG) was to develop, on behalf of and in consultation/collaboration with all at the Faculty of Arts and Science, a 2019-2022 strategic plan for the Faculty. In doing so, the SPWG looked to build upon the University’s mission and vision, as well as identify key strategic goals and actions that the Faculty should focus on, at a Faculty-wide level, over the next 3 years.

Role of All SPWG Members:

  • Champion the strategic planning process
  • Be objective and take a faculty-wide view of issues being discussed
  • Be effective communicators
  • Read meeting material before attending the meetings to ensure that the committee can have full and informed discussion of agenda items
  • Discuss, comment, and provide input on draft documents presented at SPWG meetings and via email outside of the meetings
  • Participate in consultation events/activities on drafts of the strategic plan

Role of the SPWG Chair:

  • Be impartial and support an equal and fair consideration of all items and opposing views
  • Flexibly lead the committee through its meeting agendas
  • Act as the working group’s lead spokesperson and lead presenter for consultation events/activities.

Role of SPWG Facilitator and Support Staff:

  • The SPWG facilitator was Erik Lockhart (Smith School of Business). The role of the SPWG Facilitator and the support staff, was to support the SPWG in its work and ensure that progress is kept on track.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity Faculty Advisory Group

Advisory Group Members: 

Lisa Guenther (Philosophy), Adnan Husain (History), Samantha King (Gender Studies), Beverley Mullings (Geography), Dylan Robinson (Faculty of Arts and Science), Barrington Walker (History) 


The Advisory Group composed of the above list of members, an ad-hoc group of interested and available faculty volunteers with relevant experience and scholarly expertise, came together to revise the draft FAS Strategic Plan through a diversity, equity, and inclusivity lens on three occasions. Initially in a meeting including Deans Crow, Jessup and Smith, and subsequently for two meetings of two hours each, the Advisory Group examined and discussed the Strategic Plan and devised new proposed language below. It complied action items it recommends the Faculty of Arts and Science take up to fulfill the vision and goals outlined in the Strategic Plan, and met to complete this work on April 10. The group then forwarded its action items andrecommendations to the Dean’s office by April 12th. 

The Advisory Group recognizes that the Strategic Plan provides an opportunity to articulate aspirational goals and commitments for the Faculty to achieve the structural transformations outlined since the PAC-Berry Report (1991), through the Henry Report (2004), the DARE Panel Report (2009), the Senate Educational Equity Policy Revision (2009), the DET Taskforce implementation priorities (2009-11) and, most recently, the ongoing PICRDI and TRC processes. Central to many of these past reports was the principle of embedding diversity, equity, and inclusivity more centrally into the mission, decision-making, priorities, and processes of the university at all levels rather than as an isolated, ancillary or adjunct set of considerations. The Advisory Group attempted to do precisely this by making more specific and explicit the language and commitments expressed in the draft Strategic Plan. This approach was necessary to emphasize the importance of, and to create the opportunities for recognizing, diverse forms of knowledge that have not historically been sufficiently represented or accommodated at the university.

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