Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science

Dr. Trushar Patel

Student Issues

  • Managing academic and non-academic offences and assessing appeals
  • Managing grade appeals
  • Assessing exam accommodation requests
  • Liaising with the Accessible Learning Centre and Counseling Services
  • Resolving miscellaneous complaints

Faculty Issues

  • Approving grades and tracking distributions
  • Approving and tracking grade changes
  • Consulting on teaching, assessment, and student discipline policies
  • Consulting on miscellaneous classroom management concerns

Faculty Space Planning and Space Assignment/Renovation

  • Short-term decisions regarding space needs (temporary hires/graduate students/visiting scholars, Risk and Safety Services issues)
  • Medium-term decisions concerning departmental growth, and moves triggered by new buildings and the inevitable shuffle which follows
  • Long-term planning and providing advice to the Dean regarding space planning for new additions, and new buildings
  • Oversight of research equipment and related renovations, as well as interfacing with Office of Research Services
  • Consideration of equipment purchases, and equipment placement, supplies to buildings, and in many cases, renovations to floor-plans
  • Working with the Office of Research Services as new projects are developed


  • Collaborating with the International Centre for Students in the development and execution of offshore recruitment strategies
  • Development of Articulation and other agreements, including Study Abroad/Exchange programs


  • Oversight of and liaison with various outreach groups in the Faculty of Arts & Science (groups under ASPIRE umbrella)
  • Providing guidance and direction to these groups in line with the university’s Strategic Plan in regards to outreach and community involvement
  • Development of new initiatives
  • Supervising outreach staff

Necho Approvals

  • Act as Dean’s designate, where needed, for one-over-one signing authority for expenditures by faculty members, Chairs, Coordinators


  • Representing the Dean at teaching, research, and interview sessions for academic candidates

Public Relations/Advancement

  • Attending, and occasionally hosting, public events on behalf of the Faculty and the University

Professional Activities Reports and Salary, Tenure, and Promotion Tasks

  • Assisting in the process for annual/biennial evaluation of faculty members, and in the management/operation of activities of STP Committees

Other Duties

  • Miscellaneous duties assigned and undertaken as needed, for the efficient functioning of the Dean’s Office