Faculty Meeting Friday, September 19, 2008

Date: 
Friday, September 19, 2008 (All day)
Location: 
ATAC 5035
Agenda: 
There will be a meeting of the Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2008 AT NOON  IN ROOM 5035 (ATAC BUILDING).
 
                                                            AGENDA  
 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.        Dean's Report.
 
 7.        Departmental/School Reports.
            i) Outdoor Recreation, Park & Tourism (Brent Cuthbertson)
            ii) Political Science - External Adjunct Professor - Mr. Kevin Cleghorn
            iii) Sociology Calendar Change - Sociology 3503
 
 8.        Orillia Report.
 
 9.        Other Business.      
 
10.       Adjournment.
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VICTOR SMITH
Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Council.
Minutes: 
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL
 FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008
 
 
A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Friday, May 16, 2008 at 9:30 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 G. Siddall and seconded by M. MacLean that the agenda be approved.
 
                                                                             Carried.
 
2.
Gwen Wojda Report
 
G. Wojda provided a brief update on the status of a degree that might be offered to Continuing Education students.  It is hoped that eventually part-time students will have the opportunity to plan course choices over a 3 to 5 year period.  This would make them eligible for such a degree.  However, there are still many issues to be dealt with.
 
G. Wojda has had an initial meeting with the Faculty Committee to discuss concerns.  On July 2nd, when her duties return full-time to Continuing Education and Distributed Learning, she will be able to deal with this more thoroughly.  A discussion followed which noted that G. Wojda would bring the question of how registrations will be counted by Institutional Planning and Analysis.  She asked for input on faculty concerns.
 
3
Approval of the Minutes
 
It was moved by M. Beaulieu and seconded by J. Blahuta that the minutes of April 11th be approved.
 
                                                                             Carried.
 
4
Business Arising from the Minutes
 
There was none.
 
5.
Registrar's Report
 
 i)
Automated Year Level
 
 It is expected that the automated year level proposal will be in operation shortly. 
 
ii)
Registration
 
Timetables for fall and winter should soon be available.
 
iii)
Graduands
 
The registrar distributed a list of potential graduands.
 
It was moved by H. Smith and seconded by M. Beaulieu that the graduands be approved.
 
                                                                                 Carried.
 
 
It was moved by M. MacLean and seconded by J. Leggatt that the Dean of the Faculty, the Chair/Director of the Department/School and the Registrar be empowered to approve graduands who do not appear on the convocation list, but who are found to have completed all the of requirements for their undergraduate degrees and diplomas by the day of convocation; and similarly, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, the Chair/Director of the Department/School and the Registrar be empowered to approve 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.
 
                                                                                 Carried.
 
 
6.
Dean's Report
 
i)
Budget Update
 
At the last Deans' Council, it was announced that a new balanced budget will soon be in place which will allow for some funding and cuts.  However, the details were not provided. 
 
Chairs were asked to ensure to finalize all appropriate budget transfers as soon as possible.  
  
ii)
Modular Degree Proposal
 
The proposal has gone forward to Senate for approval in principal.  The goal is to get the proposal to the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Undergraduate Studies Committee so that the many details can begin to be worked out.  The modular degree proposal will then be in place for the incoming Dean.
 
iii)
Faculty Restructuring
 
July 1st will be the date that the Department of Psychology and the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism will be placed in their respective new faculties.
 
iv)
Faculty Annual Reports
 
Faculty Annual Reports are due by the end of the month.
 
v)
 Replacements
 
Approved positions have been advertised.   Search Committee should be set up by Departments as outlined in the University policy.
 
vi)
Acting Dean/Dean Email from the Vice-President (Academic)
 
A request via email regarding an Acting Dean and a permanent Dean and has been sent out on May 23rd by the Vice-President (Academic).  It is hoped that things will move quickly to allow for overlap.  Questions regarding the process should be directed to the Vice-President (Academic).  Discussion followed.
 
7.
Departmental Reports
 
i)
General Program
 
It was moved by M. MacLean and seconded by H. Smith that the general program calendar change be approved.
 
 
 
                                                                                 Carried.
 
ii)
Languages Department
 
It was moved by M.N. Rinne and seconded by B. Stolar that the languages calendar change be approved.
 
                                                                                 Carried.
 
9.
Other Business
 
i)
Ad Hoc Committee Report (B. Stolar) (doc. 1)
 
B. Stolar reported to council on the proposal to create a film studies and/or cultural studies program.  She asked for feedback  from departments on the working document.  She asked that those interested in participating in the Committee should contact her.  A discussion followed in which noted the importance of the Languages and Indigenous Learning Departments.
 
10.
Adjournment
 
The meeting adjourned at 10:45 a.m.
 
 ATTENDANCE
 
Thunder Bay Campus
M. Beaulieu 
J. Blahuta
G. Colton
A. Foshay
G. Hayman
G. Genosko
S. Islam
D. Ivison
J. Leggatt
M. MacLean
D. McPherson
M. Nisenholt
G. Munro
J. Nicholas
M.N. Rinne
G. Siddall
H. Smith
V. Smith
B. Stolar
S.D. Stone
 
Orillia Campus
A. den Otter
 
Invited Guest
G. Wojda