August 2020

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology!

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department, as Chair I want to warmly greet both those of you who are embarking on a new undergraduate or graduate program in Sociology and/or Anthropology and those of you who are returning for the next year in one of our programs.

I suspect that the usual excitement about entering into a new program or returning to the intellectual stimulations and challenges as well as the boundless possibilities of scholarly learning is likely tempered by your experience of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has had tumultuous consequences for us all in our everyday lives, and for some, very grave health effects.

In these trying times, we are all adjusting, when and where we can, our lives, our work, our forms of socializing, and our ways of formal learning. Like Carleton University at large, my colleagues in the Department – our faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, administrative staff, and leaders of our student groups – have all been putting even more work into designing our courses and the other types of assistance we offer so we can deliver what is expected while adapting to our changed ways of living.

I know the courses our department will be offering are excellent – as I have been reading the syllabi of every course we are offering this Fall I wish that I had time to be taking them! – and I am very confident that the usual mentorship our faculty and staff typically provide will continue, even if it is done solely over the blue screen or a phoneline, at least for the Fall term.

Our department and student groups will continue to put on numerous events and will organize a range of activities as we will be working hard to make Sociology and Anthropology its usual vibrant and exciting place, even if we are dispersed in multiple physical places and only connected virtually.

Don’t forget to get in touch when you have questions or when things come up – with your Anthropology or Sociology faculty member or contract instructor, your Teaching Assistant, with one of our staff members, with our graduate or undergraduate coordinators, or with myself. Touching base and communicating are more than ever important as we will not be meeting in person.

Once again, I am very pleased to welcome you to the Fall term in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology this year. I am sure it will provide different road-bumps and issues than previous years, but I am very confident in my colleagues being able to adjust, to assist, and to ensure that you are able to flourish in your Sociology and/or Anthropology program!

Blair Rutherford, Chair