2020 reflects our faculty members’ ability to tackle problems head-on and overcome adversity. I am extremely proud of the combined efforts of my colleagues.
More than ever, this year emphasized that our strength as a business school is in our people. Our faculty and students have been stretched thin and asked to demonstrate a strength of character like never before. 2020 not only brought new challenges to our outstanding faculty, but it was also the year we began preparing for the AACSB re-accreditation visit. Every year that I reflect on our staff and faculty’s work towards creating change through positive societal impact it fills me with pride to showcase their accomplishments in the fifth year Continuous Improvement Review Report submitted to AACSB International.
2020 reflects our faculty members’ ability to tackle problems head-on and overcome adversity. I am extremely proud of the combined efforts of my colleagues. While we have successfully shifted to virtual teaching, I must acknowledge that things haven’t been easy. Feedback in our fall survey from both students and instructors highlights increased concerns about workload, burnout, and the pandemic’s effect on mental health. These issues have been and will continue to be top of mind for our faculty and me.
While still delivering high-quality education and research despite the pandemic, we also increased our outreach efforts to the broader community through media hits, online video campaigns, and local small business support effectively answering the call for supporting the communities we serve.
As teachers and learners, we crave the connection that can only be found in DeGroote’s lecture halls, classrooms, offices, and hallways. 2020 deprived us of that. I believe that 2021 will be the year of rebuilding the enhanced and more robust DeGroote community, by working together and empowering each other, like we did facing the pandemic.
Associate Dean (Faculty Affairs & Accreditation)