Faculty Meeting Thursday, February 14, 2008

Date: 
Thursday, February 14, 2008 (All day)
Location: 
ATAC 5035
Agenda: 
There will be a meeting of the Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2008 AT 9:30 A.M.  IN ROOM 5035 (ATAC BUILDING).
 
                                                AGENDA  
1.       Approval of Agenda.
 
2.       Approval of the January Minutes.   
 
3.       Business Arising from the Minutes.
 
4.        Items for Information.
i)
Possibility of the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism joining the Faculty -  Brent Cuthbertson.
ii)
SS&H Research and Innovation Display - Dean Jobin-Bevans 
 
5.       Registrar's Report.
 
6.       Dean's Report.
 
7.       Departmental Reports.
i)
For Information only-Modular Degrees. (doc. 1a-entry, 1b-history)
ii)
Indigenous Learning - Internal Adjunct Professor - Dr. Kristin Burnett
 
8.       Other Business.
i)
Review of current practices in the University concerning the presentation of sensitive/emotionally charged courses material - T. Dunk
 
ii)
Policy establishing a maximum for peer evaluation as a component of final course mark - T. Dunk
 
9.       Adjournment.
 
 
_________________________________
VICTOR SMITH
Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Council.
Minutes: 
 
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2008
 
 
A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in the ATAC Board Room 5035.
 
V. Smith welcomed Orillia colleagues and then called the meeting to order.
 
1.
Approval of Agenda
 
It was moved by M. MacLean and seconded by A. den Otter that the agenda be approved.
 
                                                                                    Carried.
 
2. 
Approval of the Minutes
 
It was moved by J. Leggatt and seconded by P. Jasen that the minutes of October 18th be approved with the following correction:
 
Under 7. ii) "Committee for a Prorposed Program in Cultural or Film or Media Studies" add B. Stolar to the list of volunteers.
 
                                                                                    Carried.
3.
Business Arising from the Minutes
 
i)
Changes to the Concurrent Education Program.
 
T. Dunk reminded members that as noted at the November Council meeting, departments should be discussing the required electives for the new HBA/BEd program that was passed at the last Senate meeting. 
 
4.
Registrar's Report
 
i)
Graduands
 
A. Foshay distributed an additional list of November graduands that were approved after the December Senate meeting.
 
ii)
Thanks
 
A. Foshay thanked departments for their prompt submission of grades.  She noted that this year was a successful experience and that there were no outstanding marks in the Faculty.
 
5.
Dean's Report
i) 
Thanks
 
Thanks to all for their hard work involved in marks submission before Christmas.
 
ii)
Questionnaire from B. Sabourin
 
Thanks to chairs who have responded to the survey regarding aboriginal course content from the Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Affairs. 
 
iii)
Modular Degree Initiative
 
T. Dunk, B. Strang and chairs met in December regarding the faculty modular degree submission.  Next week work will begin on refining wording changes and terms to ensure consistency.  
 
iv)
Decanal Hiring Process
 
The short-listed candidates and their interview schedules in the search for the Dean of Education, the Dean of  Science and Environmental Studies and the Vice-Provost of Student Affairs have been communicated and posted on the Vice-President (Academic)'s web site.  All are encouraged to attend and participate in the open meetings and process. 
 
v)
Orillia Program Submission
 
K. Fedderson and A. den Otter have been contacting chairs with regard to fine-tuning their Orillia package on governance.
 
The Ad Hoc Orillia Governance Committee will be meeting with the expectation to better organize the Orillia campus.  All those interested are encouraged to get involved.  A revised version of a submission was not distributed due to technical difficulties.  The document will be distributed to departments.
 
K Fedderson provided a brief explanation. 
 
He noted that a major problem for the Orillia campus was that of role clarity and reporting. 
 
A proposal will be brought forward to Senate to deal with the Orillia administration and budget. The submission should create an administrative framework for the campus.  This will provide a context for such things as hirings and budget preparation.  Lakehead University should be regarded as one university with two campuses.  Orillia is not separate, but part of a corporate whole.
 
The submission is based on four basic principles.
 
1.
Consistency
 
The Orillia model should have practices that are in place on the main campus.
 
2.
Adaptation
 
Consultation with colleagues from Thunder Bay will assist in adapting local student services to ensure a strong commitment.
 
3.
Role Clarity and Reporting Relationships
 
There are two kinds of supervision - i) immediate supervision, (i.e., director supervision) and ii) functional supervision (hiring, PTR, etc.).  Currently, matters related to the Collective Agreement for full-time faculty in Orillia still need clarification.  The establishment of a Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Orillia campus will assist in resolving these issues.  To allow for an informed dialogue and consultation, a model for such a Department with back-up material will be brought forward to Senate.
 
4.
Related Functional Matters
 
Reporting relationships, budget links, both direct and indirect, should contain the support required for Orillia.
 
Feedback is necessary to develop the organizational framework for Orillia.  K. Fedderson will be meeting with Chairs and T. Dunk of Social Sciences and Humanities with regard to budgets, etc. to refine and adapt current practices.  There will also be consultation with all other university faculties.
 
A lengthy discussion followed. 
 
6.
Departmental Reports 
 
i)
Modular Degrees
 
There was nothing more to bring forward at this time.
 
ii)
Languages
 
It was moved by M.N. Rinne and seconded by J. Leggatt that the calendar change for French 4810 be approved.
                                                                                                Carried.
 
iii)
Native Languages
 
It was moved by M.N. Rinne and seconded by H. Smith that the Native Language calendar change be approved.
 
                                                                                                Carried.
7.
Any Other Business
 
i)
Research Week
 
T. Dufresne asked about faculty participation in the upcoming Research Week in February.  A discussion followed and a request for the establishment of a permanent subcommittee to deal with such events was made.
 
It was moved by H. Smith and seconded by T. Dufresne that a permanent Social Sciences and Humanities Public Relations Committee of three be established with a membership review in September 2008.
 
                                                                                                Carried.
 
D. Jobin-Bevins volunteered to serve as Chair and T. Dufresne and S.D. Stone volunteered to sit on the committee until September 2008.
                                                           
8.
Adjournment
 
The meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m.
 
ATTENDANCE
Thunder Bay Campus
E. Auger
C. Conteh
T. Dufresne
T. Dunk
A. Foshay
G. Hayman
P. Jasen
D. Jobin-Bevans
S. Islam
J. Leggatt
M. MacLean
B. Moazzami
M.N. Rinne
S.D. Stone
H. Smith
V. Smith
 
Orillia Campus
D. Bodnar
L. Clement
A. den Otter
K. Fedderson
E. Irwin
K. Willison