Thursday, September 13, 2007 (All day)
Subject: COUNCIL MEETING
There will be a meeting of the Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2007 AT 9:00 A.M. IN ROOM 3004 (ATAC BUILDING).
1. Approval of Agenda.
2. Approval of the May Minutes.
3. Business Arising from the Minutes.
4. Introduction of New Colleagues.
(CHAIRS: Please invite new colleagues to this meeting and please be prepared
to introduce and welcome them to our Council.)
5. Registrar's Report.
6. Faculty Council Meeting Schedule 2007-08. (doc. 1)
7. SS&H Key Dates 2007-08. (doc. 2)
8. Modular Degrees. (item for decision)
9. Dean's Report.
10. Departmental Reports.
11. Other Business.
Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Council.
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL
MONDAY, MAY 14, 2007
A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Monday, May 14, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the ATAC Board Room 5035.
B. Strang, Acting Chair in the absence of V. Smith, called the meeting to order.
Approval of Agenda
It was moved by M. MacLean and seconded by E. Auger that the agenda be approved with a change in order, beginning with an announcement by M. Richardson and followed by the Registrar's Report.
Dr. Geoffrey Engholm
M. Richardson announced the passing of Dr. Geoffrey Engholm, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, who served as a faculty member from 1968 to 1984.
A. Foshay, Registrar, distributed the list of graduands for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. She asked that members review the list and advise her of any errors or omissions.
It was moved by S. Islam and seconded by G. Hayes that the corrected list of graduands be approved.
It was moved by R. Holmes and seconded by S.D. Stone that, as standing policy, the Dean of the Faculty, the Chair of the Department and the Registrar be empowered to approve graduands who do not appear on the convocation list, but who are found to have completed all of the requirements for their undergraduate degrees and diplomas by the day of convocation and that similarly, the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Chair of the Department and the Registrar be empowered to approved graduate degrees and diplomas; and that such graduands be placed on record by Senate at the next Senate meeting following the meeting at which graduands are normally approved.
Approval of the Minutes
It was moved by D. Ivison and seconded by C. Southcott that the minutes of April 10th be approved.
Business Arising from the Minutes
Concurrent Education Proposal
M. Richardson advised that the most recent proposal has not yet been approved by Senate. The faculty as well as Professional Schools have signed off, but Science and Environmental Studies still have some concerns. Discussion followed. Because the concurrent education proposal has not been formally ratified by Council:
It was moved by J. Leggatt and seconded by R. Holmes that the latest version of the Concurrent Education Proposal be approved in principal.
The modular degree proposal has been progressing in consultation with the Dean of Science and Environmental Studies. The last document for consideration forwarded by L. Lovett-Doust still requires further work. Basically, the four year honours program proposal is well received, but the issue of the three year program and individual majors is not yet finalized. Consultation will continue with L. Lovett-Doust.
Discussion followed on the outstanding issues to be dealt with in order to implement modular degrees in Thunder Bay and Orillia.
M. Richardson reported.
The accreditation for the Ph.D. in Psychology has been successful.
Reception on May 9th
A reception took place on May 9th for 220 prospective students, their parents, the Deans and faculty representatives.
Secondment to Orillia
The request for secondment to Orillia will be forthcoming.
The next Space Committee meeting will take place on June 12th to deal with specific requests for offices. Requests for office space should be forwarded to Tom Dunk.
New policy procedures to be followed with regard to:
1) hiring of full-time faculty
2) interview expenses for applicants
will be posted on the Vice-President (Academic) web site.
A committee is currently working on a university-wide policy for intellectual property as it relates to LUFA and graduate students.
Programs with fewer than 25 graduands
SUSC has continued with the exercise of examining programs which graduate under 25 students in its meetings of May 4th and 11th. Generally, there is an overall feeling of frustration across the University with regard to supplying the requested information. The confusion over the terms
'program' and 'major' has contributed to this problem. It was felt, however, that things will be worked out once the modular degree programs are implemented.
The Dean's written submission is to be forwarded to SUSC by May 29th and the SUSC recommendation will be presented at the June Senate meeting. To date, 8 chairs have provided the Dean with a response to the questions from SUSC. Those who have not already responded were requested to do so at their earliest convenience. A discussion followed. It was noted that the SUSC process is in compliance with the Academic Plan.
External Adjunct Professors.
It was moved by G. Hayman and seconded by J. Leggatt that Dr. M. Katzman and Dr. E. St. Pierre be approved as Adjunct Professors in the Department of Psychology.
Academic Dishonesty - B. Strang
B. Strang noted that many faculty members have questions with regard to the Social Sciences and Humanities plagiarism process. He suggested that an Ad Hoc Committee might clarify the current broad terms of reference and provide a range of penalties in the grey areas. The current process was explained and reference was also made to the Code of Student Behaviour. It was noted that an automatic check will take place when a name is forwarded for plagiarism to the Dean's office. After a lengthy discussion it was generally agreed that there should be some form of early education on the definition of "plagiarism" for all new students. It was also suggested that the plagiarism process be placed on the faculty web site.
It was moved by R. Holmes and seconded by T. Dufresne that instruction regarding 'plagiarism' for freshmen should be made a mandatory part of Lakehead University Orientation.
The meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m.