Carleton’s two new deans appear to have something in common: both have expressed a commitment to furthering excellence and supporting innovative approaches and programs in their faculties. The deans, George Iwama and Rafik Goubran, have been appointed to the Faculties of Science and Engineering and Design, respectively.
Iwama, who is currently the acting vice-president (academic) at Acadia University, earned his PhD in zoology from the University of British Columbia and is internationally known for his research on the affect of environmental change on the health of fishes.
“Carleton University is an institution that’s got great roots and a very exciting outlook to the future,” says Iwama, citing the university’s strong tradition in liberal education and a commitment to both excellence and to developing students across all disciplines. “What better place to lead the country in science and science-based policies?”
Iwama will replace Jean-Guy Godin, who has served a very successful five-year term as dean, but wishes to return fulltime to his first loves–teaching and research. The outgoing dean believes Iwama’s approach is just what Carleton needs: “He’ll bring vast experience, new ideas and strong academic leadership to the Faculty and university.”
Iwama’s plans for the future at Carleton include advocating for more lab space, increasing the awareness within both the internal and external communities of the Faculty’s activities and successes and enhancing learning through new ways of teaching. For example, while at Acadia he successfully implemented an innovative approach to instruction called block teaching. Science students took the standard courseload per semester but instead of studying all of the subjects simultaneously, they took one course at a time for an intensive three-week session. At the end of the three weeks, students then progressed from one course to the next.
Rafik Goubran has been with Carleton University since he finished his PhD in engineering in 1987 and is very proud to be a part of the Faculty, saying it is “one of the best in Canada.”
Goubran served a one-year term as acting dean before accepting the permanent position and this experience strengthened his belief that, “the faculty has a great reputation and tremendous potential to prosper in multidisciplinary activities at the research, undergraduate and graduate level. I’d like to be the one to make this happen.”
During his term as acting dean, Goubran oversaw some major changes in the Faculty, including the introduction of a new stream of Aerospace Engineering–Space Systems Design–and a new joint biomedical and mechanical engineering program to compliment the already thriving biomedical and electrical program. The Faculty is also planning to introduce a new program in Sustainable and Renewable Energy.
Goubran does not intend to stop there. He believes that encouraging students and faculty from different streams to work together increases the amount of research and development that is possible.
“Collaborations, more interaction–that is what the future is about.”