Peta Bonham-Smith
Dr. Peta Bonham-Smith. (Photography: David Stobbe)

A message from the dean

A transformational time has begun in the College of Arts and Science

This April, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) launched the largest fundraising campaign in Saskatchewan’s history. The Be What the World Needs Campaign is raising $500 million to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.

With the support of our donors, the College of Arts and Science will play a central role in USask’s efforts to address complex issues such as climate change, social inequality, infectious diseases, and access to safe food and water. As a place where artists and scientists, professors and students, communities and visionaries come together in the spirit of collaboration, we are in an ideal position to respond to the challenges that cannot be faced alone.

With your help, we will lead critical research, support Indigenous achievement, inspire students to succeed and design visionary new spaces.

We have exciting ambitions in the College of Arts and Science. We aspire to create new student awards, graduate fellowships and experiential learning opportunities. We will build on our successes and expand our efforts to close the retention gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners. We will create new research chairs and professorships to recruit some of the world’s best minds and deliver research breakthroughs. Through a new Centre for Indigenous Scholarship, we will build partnerships and advance research that matters to Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan and beyond.

This will only be possible with your support. I invite you to learn more about the opportunity to be part of this historic campaign by visiting

In the previous issue of Arts&Science magazine one year ago, I wrote that 2022 would be my last year as dean of our college. Well, plans sometimes change! I agreed to serve for one more year while the search for my successor continued.

The search is completed and Dr. Brooke Milne will begin a five-year term as dean of the College of Arts and Science on Aug. 1. Previous to her appointment, Dr. Milne held academic leadership roles at the University of Manitoba and the University of Alberta, and I welcome her as the new leader of our college during this transformational time.

I want to say once again that I am grateful for the experience of leading this college for the last eight years. Working, each day, with such wonderful people—it has been a privilege collaborating with our outstanding faculty and staff and building relationships with our students, alumni and donors.

Let’s together answer the call to be what the world needs.

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