Faculty Meeting Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:00am
ATAC 5041/OA 2020

Date:        Thursday, June 26th, 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:

THURSDAY, JUNE 26th, 2014 FROM 10:00 AM to NOON IN ATAC 5041/OA 2020.


1.    Approval of Agenda.

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

 4.    Registrar's Report.
 5.    Dean's Report.
 6.    Assistant Dean's Update.

 7.    Departmental/School Reports.
 8.    Orillia Report.

 9.    Other Business.
        Online Student Evaluation of Teaching - D. McPherson

10.    Adjournment.    

 April 22nd, 2014

A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 am in ATAC Board Room 3004/OA 3041.

Special Presentations

A. Klymenko and T. Tronslien were not available for their presentations.  They will be re-scheduled for our next meeting in June, 2014.

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

Business Arising from Minutes


Registrar's Report

J. Liscomb gave a report on continuation codes and the timelines for submission.  She discussed the definitions of each continuation code and reviewed the process of contacting the students.  She also mentioned that the degree audits will be out soon. 

Dean's Report for Faculty Council

Dean's Report April 22nd, 2014

1.    Philanthropy information must be submitted today.

2.    A recommendation for Acting Dean has gone to the Provost for approval.

3.    Convocation will take place on May in Thunder Bay and on June 7 in Orillia.  I will be
       attending both graduations.  The Assistant Dean will be attending all ceremonies in
       his role of name reader.

4.    The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies will officially become part of the
       Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities effective May 1, 2014.  Letters have gone
       out to all faculty members.

5.    I will be going to China in May.  Dr. D. Jobin-Bevans and Dr. Beatrice Vernier will be
      accompanying me as well.  Our focus will be on transfer agreements and
      student/faculty exchanges.

6.    I have no information on the budget; however, there may be cuts.  I will be meeting
      with Moira and Rita for further updates.

Assistant Dean's Update

D. Jobin-Bevans gave a brief update on the Faculty brochures.  He also provided an update
with regard to our speaker series.  The first one, "Walk with our Sisters," will take place in
the fall.

Departmental/School Reports

Political Science

i) It was moved by S.S. Islam and L. Chambers that Dr. Jason Blahuta be appointed Internal Adjunct of the Department of Political Science for a four-year term commencing July 1, 2014.
Orillia Report

A. den Otter stated that they had a departmental meeting to discuss the ConEd changes.  They were not keen on the changes as there were more requirements at the first year now and it was felt that students needed more chances to explore courses.  The restrictions were not good and reduced the options.  All the Education courses were in the first three years and not in the fourth.  A brief discussion followed.

Other Business

1.  Faculty Council Meeting.

It was decided that there would be another Faculty Council meeting in June.  D. Jobin-Bevans mentioned it would be a good time to have a discussion about the brochure for SS&H as well as our web pages.

2.  Requirements for Indigenous Learning Course Content.

R. Berg stated that now that Senate has passed the motion that requirements for courses to have 50% Indigenous Learning content in a half course, we need to take action on this.  In the discussion that followed, there were concerns about not having enough instructors to cover any additional courses, funding issues, and who would monitor the actual course content.  It was stated that some departments would modify existing courses while others may chose to create new ones.  G. Siddall stated that if anyone had particular concerns to contact her directly.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 am, moved by R. Berg and S.D. Stone.

Thunder Bay Campus

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

Orillia Campus

A. den Otter
M. Stevenson
S. Islam