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Tuesday, April 9, 2002
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New MIT dean no Dean Martin

By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette Staff

As of July 1, 2002, Catherine Ross will be moving up from acting-dean to dean of the faculty of information and media studies at Western in what some hope will provide the faculty a new sense of "legitimacy."

Ross, a Western graduate (BA honours, Masters Library and Information Science, PhD English), has been with the faculty since its inception in 1997. In 2000, she was named acting-dean, a position she has held until now.

As dean, Ross is in charge of a faculty of over 550 undergraduate students in the media, information and technoculture department.

There are also more than 200 students in the graduate programs of FIMS, which provides both Masters and PhD degrees.

"It will be a continuation of what I have been doing," Ross said. "As acting-dean, I was essentially doing the responsibilities of the position."

Ross added the new five-year term will allow for the implementation of long-term goals.

One of the new initiatives is a degree/diploma program between the faculty of media, information and technoculture and Fanshawe College, Ross said.

Gloria Leckie, associate dean of FIMS, said she did not expect the division of labour between Ross and herself to change very much.

"[Appointing a dean] gives a sense of stability and ends uncertainty," Leckie said, adding it also shows a sign of confidence in Ross on the part of the Western administration.

"It's going to be great for the faculty – in the last two years, she's moved forward and we have implemented new things," Leckie said.

MIT head soph Kate Kerr said she has worked with Ross in the past.

"She's easy to talk to and really approachable – it made sense that she be named," Kerr said.

Toben Alexander, incoming-MIT Students' Council president, said Ross' promotion is a step forward for the faculty.

"With a named dean, it gives the faculty a bit more legitimacy," Alexander said.

"The only difference that could come of it is that the faculty [will] work more efficiently, with a defined leader," he said, adding he was surprised Ross was not named dean sooner.

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