Faculty Meeting Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 (All day)
ATAC 3004
MEMORANDUM Date:        September 29, 2012
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, OCTOBER 2, 2012 AT 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM IN ATAC 3004.



    Dr. Jane Nicholas - IDC Sub-committee
    Dr. Lori Chambers - United Way

 1.    Approval of Agenda.

 2.    Approval of the April 5, 2012 Minutes.   
 3.    Business Arising from the Minutes.

 4.    Introduction of New Colleague.

 5.    Registrar's Report.
 6.    Dean's Report.

 7.    Departmental/School Reports.
     i) History - Calendar Changes - Various 
    ii) Political Science - Calendar Changes - Change of Course Names
   iii) Philosophy - Calendar Changes - Various
8.    Orillia Report.

 9.    Other Business.

10.    Adjournment.    

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

 April 5, 2012

A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on April 5th, 2012 at 10:30 am in the ATAC 5035.


Annette Schroeter, Aboriginal Research Facilitator, gave a short presentation.

Approval of Agenda
It was moved by M. Beaulieu and seconded by M. MacLean that the agenda be approved.
Approval of the Minutes
It was moved by D. Ivison and seconded by D. McPherson that the minutes of January 10, 2012, be approved.

Business Arising from Minutes


Registrar's Report

B. Winter was not able to make the meeting but stated that there would be an email going to all faculty with regard to convocation and workshops.

Dean's Report for Faculty Council

April 5, 2012
1.    Academic planning--as you know, the academic plan was approved at the last Senate meeting.  Moira is currently working on the document with which you will be provided to continue with phase 2 of the planning process.  Phase 2 involves you moving into the planning phase for your own units.  That will involve reading through all of the action items and thinking about how you would incorporate the ones that are relevant to academic units.  If there are some that you feel you do not want to incorporate, you should be prepared to provide a rationale.  A primary consideration for all of you in this process should be how to increase enrolment and improve retention.  
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2.    Research and Innovation Week.  I thought we had a splendid presence during Research and Innovation week, and I would like to see it increase even more next year.  I would particularly like to increase our presence at the mall.  Good for helping the public understand what we do.  I've been talking to Anne about having our faculty do posters next year at the mall--I think she is supportive of that, as long as we are prepared to engage with the public.  My thanks to our team who helped to increase our Faculty's profile at R and I this year: Lori Chambers, Alain Takam, Jane Nicholas and Dean Jobin-Bevans.
3.    Hiring.  We received approval to replace two out of four replacement positions, which went to Languages and Women's Studies/History.  We requested four new positions: two tenure-track and two term, and did not receive approval for any of them.  
4.    Assistant Dean.  Rod and Brian have approved the appointment of Assistant Deans.  There have been significant discussions with LUFA on this, and they have come to agreement on the terms of reference for the appointment of this position, and for the kinds of activities an Assistant Dean would undertake.  Assistant Deans would retain their membership in the Faculty Association.  I will be initiating the process of appointing an Assistant Dean over the summer.
Respectfully submitted by Dr. Gillian Siddall, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Departmental/School Reports

i) Philosophy - Calendar Changes  

It was moved by R. Berg and seconded by M. Beaulieu that the new Third Year Course be approved.

It was moved by R. Berg and seconded by M. Beaulieu that the new undergraduate course, Philosophy 3713 - Cyberethics, be approved.

iii) History - Calendar Change

It was moved by M. Beaulieu and seconded by C. Southcott that the deletion of History 2751 and History 4750 be approved.

iv) Political Science - Renewal of Mr. Kevin Cleghorn - Adjunct Professor

It was moved by G. Siddall and seconded by C. Southcott that Mr. Kevin Cleghorn be reappointed as an External Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science.


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Orillia Report

M. Stevenson reported the following:

1. Research & Innovation week activities at Orillia have been successful. The mini-conference organised during this time requires special mention.  There were 35 posters and 21 oral presentations from our faculty members (from all the units, not only Interdisciplinary Studies department) as well as students. More than one third of all the papers presented during Research and Innovation Week discussed research into freshwater systems, a reflection of the Orillia campus' emphasis on environmental sustainability.
2.  Tentative dates of our HBASc Interdisciplinary Studies program review are June 21 and 22.     More information on this will be shared as and when available.
R. Berg initiated discussion about when Philosophy courses were being offered in Orillia and about the process for the Chair's approval of philosophy grades courses offered in Orillia.

Other Business
i) Frequency and Timing of Council Meetings
R. Berg requested a review of the frequency of Council meetings.  After some discussion, G. Siddall indicated that she would call a meeting of the Chairs and Director to review this issue.  

The meeting adjourned at 11:50 am.

Thunder Bay Campus
B. Vernier-Larochette
M. MacLean
A. Takam
D. Ivison
R. Berg
D. McPherson
V. Smith
M. Beaulieu
C. Southcott
G. Siddall

Orillia Campus
M. Stevenson


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A. Carastathis
D. Jobin-Bevans
G. Colton
A. den Otter
S. Kurissery
T. Potter
R. Martin
B. Winter
M. Richardson