Faculty Meeting Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 (All day)
ATAC 5035
Date:        May 3, 2011
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 TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011 FROM 9:30 AM TO 11:30 AM IN ATAC 5035.


 1.    Approval of Agenda.

 2.    Approval of the January 6, 2011 Minutes.   
 3.    Business Arising from the Minutes.

 4.    Registrar's Report.

 5.    Dean's Report.

 6.    Discussion of Academic Plan.  The link is as follows: http://academicplan.lakeheadu.ca/

 7.    Departmental/School Reports.
    i)  English - Calendar Changes - BA/BEd English (to be distributed at meeting);  Breadth Requirement English;   Victorian Literature Note   (click on links to open files)
         Internal Adjunct Professor Appointment:  Dr. Sandra Jeppesen
         (Orillia Campus)    
     ii)  Indigenous Learning - Renewal of Internal Adjunct:  Dr. K. Burnett
           Dr. Kristin Burnett - CV  - (click on link to open CV)
    iii)  Northern Studies - Calendar Change
    iv)  Philosophy Calendar Change - Philosophy 2711 (click on link to open file)
     v)  Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism - Appointment of External Adjunct Professors - Dr. Patrick
          Maher and Dr. Kathleen Rettie  (click on names to open files)
 8.    Orillia Report.

 9.    Other Business.
10.    Adjournment.    

VICTOR SMITH, Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Council.

 January 6, 2011

A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on January 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm in the ATAC Board Room 3004.

Approval of Agenda
It was moved by B. Cuthbertson and  seconded by D. Jobin-Bevans that the agenda be approved.

1. a)  Approval of Acting Chair

As V. Smith has been appointed Acting Chair of the Department of History, it was moved by G. Siddall and seconded by D. Jobin-Bevans that G. Colton be appointed Acting Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Council, for this meeting.  

Approval of the Minutes
It was moved by J. Leggatt and seconded by M. MacLean that the minutes of October 25, 2010, be approved.

Business Arising from Minutes


Registrar's Report

B. Winter extended congratulations to our Faculty on their marks submission.  She also let us know that the requirements for Special Exam dates will be changing.  The new dates will be sent through the Senate process for approval.  B. Winter stated that she has been charged with reviewing the academic schedules and the possibility of having a fall study break.  For example, Engineering would like a 13-week term.  Exam regulations, including the length of exams, will also be reviewed.  B. Winter will be collecting exam dates next week.  Discussion followed about having exams during the last week of classes and the actual definition of test vs exam.  She asked that any comments be forwarded to her as well as anyone who might be interested in sitting on the committee.  She also stated that the loading sheets need to be submitted in the next couple of weeks.
B. Winter announced that there is a pilot project implemented with regard to degree audits with students.   Fifty students have been picked to test the degree audit and submit any feedback they may have.  The goal is to make sure students understand how the process works.


G. Siddall announce that Dr. Chris Southcott, Department of Sociology, was successful with his grant application.  C. Southcott extended a thank you to G. Siddall.

Dean's Report for Faculty Council
January 6, 2011  ATAC 5035
1.    Hiring.  Initial hiring decisions have been made for this year.  Approval for the following
tenure-track positions has been given:  1 Sociology, 1 Political Science, 2 Engineering, 1 Kinesiology, 2 MPH.  Approval was also given for a three-year term appointment in Visual Arts and in Business, and for a nine-month term in Business.  Additional hiring decisions will be made this year if there are further retirements/resignations.  

2.    Academic Planning.  The committee started its work towards the end of last term and is
still in the fairly early stages.  One of the things that will occur as part of this process at some point is that academic units will be asked to prepare their own plans.  

3.    Chairs meeting with the President.  This meeting took place on November 16.  As I
indicated at our last meeting, we wanted to make two key points in that meeting: the tremendous value we bring to the university and the tremendous need we have for resources that will allow us to do our jobs in the way that we believe we need to do them--for us, that means first and foremost new full-time faculty positions.  

4.    Faculty Strategic Planning.   We have continued to meet and have been working on
identifying priorities.  Gerry Munt, who is helping facilitate this process, has asked us now to meet without him to articulate those priorities more clearly before we move on to the next step.  My hope is that we can provide you with a report on the priorities we have identified.

Respectfully submitted by Dr. Gillian Siddall, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Departmental/School Reports

i) Sociology - Dr. Curtis Fogel - Internal Adjunct

It was moved by A. Puddephatt and seconded by L. Chambers that Dr. Curtis Fogel be appointed Internal Adjunct Professor of Sociology for a four year term.


ii) Languages

It was moved by V. Schonberger and seconded by J. Leggatt that the calendar changes for Languages be approved.


iii) Visual Arts

It was moved by M. Nisenholt and seconded by L. Chambers that the calendar changes for Visual Arts be approved.


iv) Women's Studies

It was moved by L. Chambers and seconded by J. Leggatt that the calendar changes for Women's Studies be approved.


ii) Music

It was moved by D. Jobin-Bevans and seconded by B. Cuthbertson that the calendar changes for Music be approved.


Orillia Report

A. den Otter introduced Dr. Cheryl Lousley, who is a tenure track Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies/English.  A. den Otter stated that so far, there was no information on the hiring of tenure track appointments but she would see how it goes.  There was a delay in planning for next year but will hopefully hear shortly with regard to the plans for a major and minor in Criminology and Media Studies.  She extended a thank you to all who contributed in the process.  The minors are working their way through Senate.

Other Business
i) Research Week

Research Week will be held the week of February 14 beginning with displays at Intercity on Saturday February 12.  This year, SSHRC will have its own day for displays in the Agora on Wednesday, February 16.  All eligible SSHRC researchers are encouraged to participate.

The meeting adjourned at 3:20 pm.

Thunder Bay Campus
G. Colton
C. Southcott
D. Jobin-Bevans
B. Winter
M. Nisenholt
V. Smith
V. Schonberger
J. Leggatt
B. Cuthbertson
D. McPherson
T. Puddephatt
M. MacLean
L. Chambers
G. Siddall

Orillia Campus
A. den Otter
C. Lousely

P. Jasen
P. Wakewich
K. Holmes
A. Carastathis