Faculty Meeting Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:00am
ATAC 3004/OA 3041

Date:        Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
To:            Members, Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Subject:    COUNCIL MEETING         

There will be a meeting of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Council on:

TUESDAY, APRIL 21st, 2014 from 10:00 AM to NOON IN ATAC 3004/OA 3041



1.    Postponed:  Research Integrity Framework:  Anne Klymenko, Director, Office of Research Services

2.    Web Pages:  Tove Tronslien, Manager Web Development Services


1.    Approval of Agenda.

 2.    Approval of the March 22nd, 2014 Minutes.   
 3.    Business Arising from the Minutes.

 4.    Registrar's Report.
        Continuation Codes - Jennifer Liscomb - Academic Advisor, Enrolment Services
 5.    Dean's Report.
 6.    Assistant Dean's Update.

 7.    Departmental/School Reports.
        Political Science - Appointment of Internal Adjunct Professor - Dr. Jason Blahuta (Department of Philosophy)
        - Supporting memo.
 8.    Orillia Report.

 9.    Other Business.

10.    Adjournment.    


 March 21st, 2014

A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Friday, March 21st, 2014 at 1:00 pm in ATAC Board Room 3004/OA 3041.

Special Presentation

Frances Harding, Marketing Support Manager, External Relations, gave a presentation on the new branding.

Approval of Agenda
It was moved by S. Stone and seconded by L. Chambers that the agenda be approved as amended.

Approval of the Minutes
It was moved by D. Jobin-Bevans and seconded by S.D. Stone that the minutes of March 21st, 2014 be approved.
Departmental/School Reports

 i) It was moved by D. Ivison and L. Chambers that Dr. P. Allingham be renewed as Internal Adjunct of the Department of English for a four-year term.
ii)  Visual Arts

It was moved by R. Martin and G. Colton that the calendar change for Visual Arts, a new version of 1170, be approved. (Tracking Number 3056).

iii)  Women's Studies

It was moved by L. Chambers and seconded by D. Ivison that the MED - Education for Change, (Specialization in Women's Studies), be approved.  (Tracking Number 2014-EDU-3107).

Business Arising from Minutes


Registrar's Report

C. O'Connor stated that the degree audits will be ready the week of April 22nd and must be submitted to Enrolment Services on May 7th.  Convocation dates this year are May 30th and 31st in Thunder Bay, and June 7th in Orillia.  It was stated that every year the dates for Congress coincide for with our convocation.  C. O'Connor said that in 2016/2017, convocation would take place one week later.  There was a short discussion about a possible study break in October; however, that would extend the time in December.

Dean's Report for Faculty Council

Dean's Report March 21st, 2014

1.  Follow-up to chairs' retreat--I have now asked all chairs to submit formally their top
     priorities for philanthropic projects.  Deadline is April 1.  

2.  Acting Dean.  Deadline for applications has now passed.  The committee will be
    meeting next week to review the applications.  

3.  Convocation.  Please attend at least one convocation ceremony if you can. It means
    a great deal to our students to see their professors there.  

4.  Update on Orillia.  I went with Andy last week to Orillia to meet with faculty and
    staff there to talk about the details of IS joining our Faculty.  It was very
    productive.  New appointment letters are being prepared; the change will become
    official as of May 1.

5.  Joseph Boyden gave a talk during Research and Innovation week, and it was a
    tremendous success.  Close to 600 people came out to the event, many of which
    were from the community.  The day after his talk, while he was still in Thunder Bay,
    The Orenda was announced as the winner of Canada Reads.  We are already looking
    at a possible speakers for next year.  If you have someone in mind, let me know.

Assistant Dean's Update

1.    D. Jobin-Bevans gave a review on Research and Innovation Week.  The focus this year was on undergraduate research.  He suggested it might be a good idea to monitor students this year for next year's event.  This could also be used at a tool for retention.

2.    D. Jobin-Bevans stated that the view book for our Faculty was almost ready.

3.    It was suggested that there should be a format in place for next year's Social Sciences and Humanities speaker series.  A discussion followed and it was decided that there should be a plan in place for September with the poster for the coming year completed.

4.    The first draft of the Faculty-Based Research report has been completed.

Orillia Report

L. Fiddick reported that he had concerns about budget, etc.  He also said that it was good to talk to G. Siddall and that most things were being "put off" until after the re-organization.

Other Business

1.  Student Concerns.

B. Vernier stated her concerns about comments being received from students on exams and in emails.  L. Chambers made reference to the Code of Student Behaviour on course outlines which states what is appropriate and what is not.  

2.  Education Calendar Changes.

S.D. Stone wanted to know if the Education calendar changes would be coming to Faculty Council for approval.  It was stated that they will be approved in Navigator only.

The meeting adjourned at 2:30 pm, moved by S.D. Stone and D. McPherson.

Thunder Bay Campus

P. Cain
G. Siddall
B. Vernier
S.D. Stone
L. Chambers
D. Jobin-Bevans
D. Ivison
G. Colton
D. McPherson
R. Martin
I. Lem©e

Orillia Campus

A. den Otter
M. Stevenson
L. Fiddick


R. Koster
S. Islam
S. Shahsahabi