In our view, the chief task of the Dean, the Vice-Deans and the Faculty Bursar is to regard the faculty as a unified whole despite its plurality and to promote this principle within the entire academic community, to reflect on the current situation of the faculty in relation to mid- and long-term goals, and to create conditions for its development in the desired direction in accordance with its importance and role. We will work to obtain quality data for the analysis of the faculty’s current state, focus on promoting information sharing, support and dissemination of good practice, identification of weak points, proposing possible solutions to these and their adaptation on the basis of discussion. Such partnership-based management with a shared vision would allow the team to successfully fulfil its role towards other parties (e.g., towards university management and relevant ministries), i.e., to effectively defend the interests of the faculty externally.
To reach this goal, we propose to adapt the structure of the management. CU FA is the largest faculty of our university, yet the number of its Vice-Deans is lower compared to comparable faculties. Under these circumstances and due to the increasing number of administrative operations and tasks it is difficult to effectively regulate its management.
The remit of the Vice-Dean for Research (Science Board and qualification growth, doctoral studies and publishing activities of the faculty) will remain unchanged.
A new position of the Vice-Dean for Accreditations and Quality Assessment will be created; in addition to the actual accreditation process, this person will be in charge of ongoing evaluation of accreditation implementation, but also of setting up evaluation in other areas (for the upcoming term of office particularly in the area of career development regulations and the implementation of the system of distributing finances to the departments); these areas will be addressed in strategic cooperation with relevant Vice-Deans, especially Vice-Deans for Research and Study Affairs.
The Vice-Dean for Study Affairs will no longer hold primary responsibility for the accreditation process but will focus on the oversight of studies. For this reason, we would also like to put the Vice-Dean for Studies in charge of the activities of the student admissions office (as was the case in the past); a single Vice-Dean would thus be in charge of students from application and admission into undergraduate studies to graduation.
The remit of the Vice-Dean for Public Relations and Outreach will cover the promotion of the faculty’s activities (including outreach work aimed at applicants) and other aspects of the public engagement role (application and transfer activities in the area of humanities, social sciences and fine arts, including project calls focused on outreach, cooperation with the university project HYB4City and Kampus Hybernská).
The roles of the other Vice-Deans (Vice-Dean for International Relations, Vice-Dean for Information Resources, and Vice-Dean for Infrastructure Development) will remain unchanged.
The management will also include the new position of the Student & Staff Support and Teacher Training Coordinator, whose role will include CU FA student and staff support, and the Coordinator for Teaching, a position previously introduced by Dean Pullman for the development of teaching, coordination of CU FA teacher training platforms and the development of cooperation with secondary schools.
At the same time, we would like to establish a closer collaboration with the coordinators of the future Cooperatio programmes, or CU FA representatives in interfaculty boards for these programmes. The form and content of this cooperation will be specified depending on how the whole system is implemented within Charles University and at the Faculty of Arts.