Hey Axemen! I hope everyone is still party rocking! My name is Darcy Shea, and I'm your Vice President Academic for the 2013-2014 school year. I'm a fourth year business student with a concentration in employment relations with the intent of continuing to work with people after this job. Originally from Waterdown, Ontario (just outside of Hamilton, for those who are wondering!), I now live in Wolfville, my home now for three years.
As the Vice President Academic, I sit on the University Senate, which is one of the governing bodies of Acadia. Along with Senate meetings, I also sit on some of it's corresponding committees, representing the students' needs and concerns. I also represent the students through provincial and federal lobbying organizations (Students NS and CASA, respectively). On behalf of students I work with other student organizations to advocate for affordable, accessible and quality education. I also advocate for students in terms of internal issues, such as academic complaints and intellectual integrity matters.
As a student, if you aren't sure about a class to take, or how to go about changing majors, or want to get in contact with an academic resource, such as a tutor or student services for a learning disability, you can come to me! I will help in whatever way I can, and then send you in the right direction to find other people to help you.
This year I hope to create a Student Bill of Rights, which would place all rights and responsibilities of students in one central document, removing hassle and hair-pulling for students who are searching all over for a certain regulation. I am also looking to focus internally in this position, creating a more open office for students and more knowledge of the position of Vice President Academic, because the role has become a bit ambiguous lately.
I'm so looking forward to the upcoming academic year. Not only are we celebrating our 175th birthday as an institution, but the ASU has some great plans in store for the year. Have some ideas for things you'd like to see happen in the academic sector? Come see me during my office hours! I'll most likely be sipping on some tea, reading one document or another for one of my many committees.