Faculty Meeting Thursday, October 18, 2007

Date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2007 (All day)
Location: 
ATAC 5035
Agenda: 
There will be a meeting of the Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2007 AT 9:00 A.M.  IN ROOM 5035 (ATAC BUILDING).
 
                                                AGENDA  
1.       Approval of Agenda.
 
2.       Approval of the September Minutes.   
 
3.       Business Arising from the Minutes.
 
4.       Registrar's Report
 
5.       Dean's Report.
 
6.       Departmental Reports.
i)
Departmental Calendar Changes
-English (doc. 1), (doc. 2),(doc. 3) 
-Orillia Multidisciplinary Studies (doc. 4)
-philosophy (doc. 5)
-women's studies (doc. 6,7,8,9)
-psychology (doc. 10,11)
 
7.       Other Business.
 
8.       Adjournment.
 
__________________________________
VICTOR SMITH
Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Council.
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Minutes: 
 
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2007
 
A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. in the ATAC Board Room 3004.
 
A video conference was set up and will now be in place permanently to allow Orillia faculty to participate. V. Smith welcomed Orillia colleagues and called the meeting to order.
 
1.
Approval of Agenda
 
It was moved by B. Strang and seconded by M. Richardson that the agenda be approved with the following additions:
 
.under item 10, Departmental Reports, add:
 
i)
.English Department - Adjunct Professor (Internal) - Dr. Jenny Roth
 
ii).
History Department - i) Calendar Changes and ii) Adjunct Professors - Dr. E. Epp and Dr. P.
Raffo.
 
                                                                                    Carried.
 
2. 
Approval of the Minutes
 
It was moved by J. Leggatt and seconded by M. Richardson that the minutes of May 14th be approved. 
                                                                                    Carried.
 
                                                                                                                        Business Arising from the Minutes
 
There was none.
 
4.
Introduction of New Colleagues
 
The following new faculty colleagues were introduced at the meeting:
 
English:
 
Dr. Douglas Hayes
 
History:
 
Prof. Michel Beaulieu
Dr. Jane Nicholas
Dr. Daphne Bonar (Orillia)
 
Political Science:
 
Dr. Charles Conteh
 
Sociology:
 
Dr. A. Puddephatt
Dr. Kevin Willison (Orillia)
 
Women's Studies:
 
Dr. J. Roth
 
5.
Registrar's Report
 
Anna Foshay reported.
i)
A list of graduands who were not on the original May graduand list was distributed.  All graduands on this list have graduated with their degrees.
 
ii)
Currently 300-400 'Request for Change in Registration' forms are being processed as quickly as possible.
 
iii)
Classes, which are at capacity according to room size and have excess students, will be relocated as soon as rooms can be arranged to accommodate them.
 
iv)
The last date for course additions is September 20th; for dropping courses, the deadline is November 2nd.
 
6.
Faculty Council Meeting Schedule 2007-08
 
T. Dunk asked for approval of the Council meeting schedule.  Generally, members had no problem with the proposed dates.  A. Foshay noted that the May 15th graduand meeting might have to change.
 
7.
SS&H Key Dates 2007-08
 
T. Dunk reviewed the chart of faculty key dates.  He pointed out that the merit application deadline is October 15th.
 
8.
Modular Degrees
 
B. Strang spoke on the state of the modular degree process which began over a year ago.  He explained that a modular degree will accommodate current student demands and eventually eliminate the need for complex calendar changes.
 
Modular Degree Committee discussions have been ongoing with the inclusion of the Science and Education faculties. The goal is to put into place departmental modular degree calendar changes.  It is expected that the entire process may take up to two years to complete and the Registrar's Office will provide a vital link. 
 
A discussion followed.
 
The uniqueness of Orillia's program was noted.  The term 'specialization' used in the support document was discussed. 
 
It was moved by B. Strang and seconded by J. Leggatt that the modular degree proposal be approved in principal.
                                                                                                Carried.
 
The next stage, the approval of individual departmental calendar entries, will proceed at the October Faculty Council meeting.  The meeting will take place on Thursday, October 18thMembers were asked to note the time lines for these calendar changes.
           
9.
Dean's Report
 
i)
Thanks
 
T. Dunk thanked Bruce Strang, Mike Richardson and Judy Vogrig for their assistance over the past four months of his term.
 
ii)
Enrolment Figures
 
.T. Dunk reported on enrolment figures from the last meeting of  Deans' Council.  Generally, university first-year enrolments are up while they are down in third and fourth year.  The November 2006 total was 7,596.  Currently the 2007 total is 7,482 (down by 114).  Orillia enrolment is over 302.  Graduate student numbers are up by 50 students. There are 93 full-time graduate students.  Part-time graduate enrolment has decreased.
 
iii)
Space
 
.It is hoped that those moving to the second floor of the Ryan Building will be in their offices by Christmas.
 
.Admissions and Recruitment are in the process of moving into the NOTC Building.
 
.There is a memo of intent between the University and the Lakehead School Board with regard to the occupancy of the Port Arthur Collegiate Institute.  It is hoped that PACI space can be made useable by next September.  Suggestions are welcomed.
 
.With regard to a permanent Orillia site, negotiations are in progress.
 
iv)
Student Orientation
 
The general consensus is that orientation went well.  It was pointed out that participation in student meetings is not optional. 
 
v)
SUSC
 
The Chair of SUSC has resigned.  Currently, the academic plan is an important agenda item.  There are no members from our faculty on this Committee.  Deans do not vote.  T. Dunk requested that those who may wish to serve as volunteers on SUSC or other Senate Committees forward their names. 
 
vi)
SSHRC Deadline
 
The internal SSHRC deadline is October 1st.
 
vii)
Ad Campaign
 
A new Lakehead University ad campaign has been launched.
 
viii)
Academic Restructuring
 
Another round of academic restructuring is forthcoming.
 
ix)
Hiring for Next Year
 
The process for full-time tenure-track positions has been completed over the summer.  It was noted that of the 11 faculty positions requested for SS&H, 7 received approval.  The Orillia campus received one for history and psychology.  English was not successful.  For the Thunder Bay campus, english, history, art/history and two psychology positions were approved.  Others who received approval are kinesiology, social work, education, software engineering, human resources and marketing.
 
An omnibus ad will be placed in the September University Affairs and CAUT postings. Application deadlines for these positions should be late October or mid-December. 
 
Council members commended Deans' Council for this year's early decision-making process for full-time tenure-stream positions.
 
10.
Departmental Reports
 
i)
English Adjunct Professor (Internal)
 
It was moved by J. Leggatt and seconded by B. Strang that Dr. J. Roth be approved as an Adjunct Professor (Internal) in the Department of English.
 
                                                                                                Carried.
 
ii)
History Calendar Changes
 
It was moved by B. Strang and seconded by H. Smith that the history calendar changes go forward.
 
                                                                                                Carried.
 
 
History Adjunct Professors
 
It was moved by B. Strang and seconded by G. Hayman that Dr. E. Epp and Dr. P. Raffo be approved as Adjunct Professors in the Department of History.
 
                                                                                                Carried.
 
 
11.
Other Business
 
There was none.
 
12.
Adjournment 
 
The meeting adjourned at 10:45 a.m.  
 
ATTENDANCE
 
Thunder Bay Campus
 
E. Auger
M. Beaulieu
G. Colton
C. Conteh
T. Dufresne
T. Dunk
A. Foshay
D. Hayes
G. Hayman
S. Islam
D. Ivison
J. Leggatt
J. Nicholas
M-N. Rinne
J.M. Richardson
C. Southcott
B. Strang
H. Smith
V. Smith
 
Orillia Campus
 
A. den Otter
D. Bonar
K. Willison
 
REGRETS
 
P. Jasen
M. MacLean
B. Stolar
S.D. Stone