Dean's Message

Welcome to the Department of Arts and Sciences! Our faculty are looking forward to assisting you in your academic journey at Sask Polytech.

The arts and science courses in your program are offered in order to help you meet the needs of industry once you graduate. Sask Polytech programs receive input from industry stakeholders. Using that input, we design curriculum based on the knowledge and skills required in the workplace.

Employers of Sask Polytech graduates consistently place a high value on employability skills—defined by the Conference Board of Canada as communication, problem-solving, positive attitude, adaptability, working with others, technology use and math skills—as well as on technical skills. Sask Polytech Arts and Sciences curriculum give students an advantage with employers by providing students with employability skills, as well as foundational knowledge to support applied technical skills.

Thanks for joining the Sask Polytech community, and I wish you success in your endeavours.

- Jamie Hilts, Dean


Jamie Hilts has over twenty years of experience in the college environment which includes Northern Lights College in British Columbia where he worked as an instructor, a student services coordinator and campus assistant principal; Lethbridge College where he held the position of dean for the centre of health, justice and human services; Nova Scotia Community College where he was the academic vice-president and Southeast Regional College in Saskatchewan where he held the position of vice-president, academics.

During his tenure at these institutes Jamie was involved with several other post-secondary institutions, as well as private and publicly funded activities in the development of partnerships and programs to meet the changing needs of both learners and stakeholders.  In addition to his college work Jamie has devoted much time to various charitable and not for profit organizations over the years.

Jamie holds a B.Ed. from the University of Regina and a M.Sc. from the University of Oregon.