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College of Arts

Meet UFV Arts

Who we are

The College of Arts is an interdisciplinary and transformative community, offering a robust intellectual foundation through the exploration of ideas and issues in the liberal arts tradition. We guide students through vital discoveries that change their understanding of the past and prepare them for the challenges of the future. 

The College of Arts is home to the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences and includes 14 academic departments and schools. Our faculty complement is comprised of approximately 130 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, and approximately 145 active sessional and limited-term instructors. We serve over 3,000 students each year, in classes offered in person on the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses, and online. We share a passion for learning and for making a difference in the world.


Our Vision

We foster connections and collaboration within and across disciplines and communities. We support scholarship and education, leading to personal and professional growth. We commit to Indigenization and social justice to advance well-being for all.

Our Mission

We are a vibrant and inclusive community that empowers students to take ownership of their education and become agents of change.

Our Goals

  1. Advance individual faculty’s capacity to incorporate Indigenous and Indigenized practices in their teaching through college-wide educational and sharing activities.
  2. Increase interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary teaching and research.
  3. Increase global and cultural understanding among faculty and students.
  4. Increase opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  5. Advance individual faculty’s capacity to incorporate social justice in their teaching.
  6. Empower students to take ownership of their education.
  7. Empower students to advance social justice.
  8. Increase CoA visibility within the internal and external communities.



College of Arts dean Sylvie Murray

A letter from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Arts. We are a dynamic and inclusive community of students, faculty members, and staff who share a passion for learning and for making a difference in the world.  

We deliver programs of the highest quality which engage curiosity and intellect, and honour varied backgrounds, values, and aspirations. Students shape their own career paths by integrating work experience and community service directly in their educational journeys.  

We uphold the values of a Liberal Arts education. We cultivate independent judgment that is informed by knowledge, curiosity, and compassion. We enhance our individual and collective capacity to dialogue across differences. We are active participants in the socio-economic, political, and cultural life of our community and the world.    

Dr. Sylvie Murray
Dean, College of Arts


Meet the College of Arts team

Dr. Sylvie Murray


Dean, College of Arts

Abbotsford campus, B315d

Phone: 604-854-4515

email Sylvie

Dr. Linda Pardy


Associate Dean of Students, Associate Professor

School of Communication

Abbotsford campus, B315c

Phone: (604) 504-7441 ext. 4115

email Linda

Tetsuomi Anzai, MFA


Associate Dean of Faculty

Abbotsford campus, B315e

Phone: 604-504-7441

email Tetsuomi

Mark Fischer, BBA


Manager, Operations and Planning

Abbotsford campus, B315

Phone: 604-504-7441

email Mark

Sumitra Robertson


Assistant to the Dean

Abbotsford campus,  B315j

Phone: 604-504-7441

email Sumitra

Tara Kaszonyi, BA


Curriculum & Student Systems Strategist, College of Arts

Abbotsford campus, B315

Phone: 604-504-7441

email Tara

Dr. Tamara Courage


Arts External Liaison Coordinator

Abbotsford campus, Online

Phone: 236-622-5341

email Tamara

Paulyene Canedo, BBA


Digital Communications Strategist

Abbotsford campus, B315g

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4199

email Paulyene

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