Friday, April 3, 2009 (All day)
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Date: April 2, 2009
To: Members, Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
From: Victor Smith, Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Council
Subject: COUNCIL MEETING
There will be a meeting of the Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
ON FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009 AT 10:30 AM TO NOON IN ROOM 5035 (ATAC BUILDING).
1. Approval of Agenda.
2. Approval of the March Minutes.
3. Business Arising from the Minutes.
4. Registrar's Report.
5. Dean's Report.
6. Departmental Reports.
i) English - Report on the M.A. Program
7. Orillia Report.
i) SSH Calendar Changes 2009
8. Other Business.
ii) Honours Programs
VICTOR SMITH, Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Council.
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm in the ATAC Board Room 5035.
Approval of Agenda
It was moved by L. Paquette and seconded by G. Siddall that the agenda be approved.
Approval of the Minutes
It was moved by J. Leggatt and seconded by D. Ivison that the revised minutes for January 26, 2009 be approved.
Business Arising from Minutes
G. Siddall announced that M. Ryks-Szelekovszky was Acting Registrar.
1. Budget. I have submitted my proposed budget cuts to the VP. I did not propose the
full 6% cut, and I have not yet had a response. As soon as I know anything, I will
let you all know.
2. Distinguished Instructor Award. The deadline is the end of this month. If you know
of someone whom you think is deserving, either visit the IDC website to get the nomination form, or let Sue know, and she will give you a nomination form.
3. Strategic Plan. Thanks to everyone who submitted their thoughts about the plan. Apparently there are significant revisions being made to the plan, and it will be submitted at the April Senate meeting.
4. Orillia Academic Plan. Moira McPherson is going to meet with me, Andy Dean, Kim, Alice, and John Smith to talk about how to handle the proposed new double majors, so that we can make sure there is some consistency in how the process is handled, and to ensure that it is as streamlined as possible for students.
5. Course Evaluations. I'm looking into having them administered departmentally, rather than hiring people to do it. It would save us $18,000.00.
6. Graduate Faculty Membership. Like to hear your feedback on the proposed new
7. Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences. Interesting panel sessions on racism in hiring and on campus, and on expanding university's conceptions of scholarly work--seeing other kinds of dissemination of knowledge
besides books and journal articles and valuable, and acknowledged as such in
hiring, tenure and promotion, and grant applications.
Political Science - Request for Calendar Changes
It was moved by Dr. S. Islam and seconded by Dr. M. Beaulieu that the addition of an HBA (Pre-Law Major); the addition of Political Science 3xxx: The Politics of Food in the North; and the addition of Political Science 4xxx: Special Seminar on Law be approved.
Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism - Request for Calendar Changes
It was moved by B. Cuthbertson and seconded by H. Smith that the time requirements for Outdoor Recreation 3230 be changed and the course description and requirements for Outdoor Recreation 3410 be approved.
Northern Studies - Request for Calendar Changes
It was moved by M. Beaulieu and H. Smith that the requirements for the third year elective course requirements for the Honours BA (Northern Studies) be approved.
Women's Studies - Request for Calendar Changes
It was moved by H. Smith and P. Jasen that the new Honours BA in Women's Studies be added to the Concurrent Education Programs in A. Primary/Junior Specialization and B. Junior/Intermediate be approved.
S. Viitala reported that the Social Sciences and Humanities display for Research Week was somewhat disappointing. We were positioned under the stairs away from the mainstream traffic, and were blocked off from the main walkways by other vendor tables.
A. Den Otter noted that Orillia has received some departmental resistance to the combined honours proposal. To meet the growth enrolment targets, it is necessary to think creatively as to how to go about introducing majors to the Orillia campus. It was mentioned again that the Deans and the Chair of SUSC will be meeting shortly to discuss this item.
This was postponed until next meeting.
Questions were raised about CRC's and discussion followed.
The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
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