While MSVU can project a target number of faculty to be recruited, success depends partially on the supply of Ph.Ds available.
"While tools like the Balanced Scorecard focus on controllable performance measures, we wanted to move beyond ours and present the Board of Governors with a view of MSVU's reality--be it within our ability to influence or beyond."
MSVU's innovative dashboard is in fact being used as an illustration of the dashboard as a performance measurement tool in the curriculum of The Directors College, established in 2003 by The Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University's Michael G.
"We're using MSVU's dashboard in module 3 of the Chartered Director Program, which focuses on oversight and finance," said David Brown, Executive Director, Brown Governance and a faculty member in The Directors College.
In Jenkner's view, some of the MSVU audience's reaction arises from the devaluation of art as it occurs in that province, which is: reflected in government programs for funding the arts which are less developed here than they are in any other province in Canada.
This state of affairs goes some way to explaining the contempt for other than consumerist art amongst MSVU students, most of whom are homegrown.
One of out audience, an art college student and a curator of the NSCAD exhibit, asked what MSVU's administration intended to do about the situation.
However, Humphrey and Collyer found that the environment for feminist art at MSVU was at best indifferent and at worst toxic.
that they are not stupid and then engage them in a discussion which would draw out their thoughts in a systematic way so they can formulate their ideas." (24) Collyer, who worked for the MSVU Art Gallery on a short-term contract as a special projects officer, believes that establishing that position as permanent would be another way to foster visual literacy, to enable inexperienced art audiences to interpret, evaluate and comprehend what they see.
To counter this neglect, and to engender thoughtful engagement with "issues in visual representation" so "key to feminism," Jenkner contends that students and faculty must organize to persuade constituencies within the university that "visual literacy is a tool of political analysis." (29) In other words, broad-based feminist activism is crucial: federal and provincial governments have withdrawn more of their already meager support for the visual arts; NSCAD persists in evading feminist politics; MSVU in recent years has retreated from its at least rhetorical emphasis on a women-centred mission.
Whitewood spent six years as a senior level executive with Nova Scotia's Capital Health Authority before joining MSVU. And she says it wasn't only her educational background and experience that made her a perfect fit -- the university also wanted the skills only a CMA could bring.
Seven-and-a-half months pregnant at the time of her interview with MSVU, she asked for -- and enthusiastically received -- permission to delay her duties with the university until Madison was born; in the interim, she consumed as much information and material about MSVU as possible to prepare for her new role.