uManitoba faculty reorganization worries profs

December 10, 2012

"A lot of members are very stressed because they don't know what their future holds," says the president of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association about the institution's plans to reduce its number of faculties from 20 to 13. For example, the nursing faculty is concerned about where it will be housed if it and the human ecology faculty were to shift from the Fort Garry campus to the Bannatyne medical campus by summer 2014 under a reorganization of health sciences schools. uManitoba's VP academic told the campus there will be consultation through January, after which administrators will produce a draft proposal to go back for further consultation through April. Final decisions will be made in September 2013, for implementation on July 1, 2014. The faculty association president says there is not enough time for staff or students to digest and comment on the proposals. uManitoba's director of marketing and communications says there have been no decisions made yet about physical space. Winnipeg Free Press