Faculty Meeting Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9:30am
ATAC 3004/OA 2005


Date:        November 14th, 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: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 2014 FROM 9:30 AM TO 11:00 AM IN ATAC 3004 / OA 2005.


  1. Approval of Agenda. 
  2. Approval of Minutes from Friday, October 3rd, 2014.
  3. Business Arising from Minutes.
  4. Departmental/School Reports.
    1. History - Calendar Changes:  New Course - History of Sport in Canada  (2014-SOC-4482
    2. Indigenous Learning - Calendar Changes:  Add Specializations to HBA.INDI  Major Modification (2014-SOC-4465); New INDI Courses for New Specializations (2014-SOC-4466)
    3. Languages - Calendar Changes:  New Certificate Programs (2014-SOC-4427); New and New Versions of Courses as a result of New Language Certificates (2014-SOC-4428).
    4. Philosophy - Request for Renewal of Internal Adjunct Professor - Dr. C. Sacchetti-Dufresne -  Supporting Memo.
  5. Group I and Group II Requirements.
  6. United Way Presentation.
  7. Registrar’s Report. 
  8. Dean’s Report.
  9. Assistant Dean’s Report.
  10. Other Business.
    1. Distinguished Researcher Award Nominations
    2. Broader Public Sector Rules
    3. OGS Funding
    4. Update from SS&H Constitution Review Committee
  11. Adjournment.
October 3rd, 2014

A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:30 am in ATAC Board Room 3004/OA 2005.

1. Approval of Agenda
It was moved by J. Roth and seconded by M. Beaulieu that the revised agenda be approved.

2. Secret Ballot - Election of Chair of Faculty Council
A secret ballot was held for the election of Chair of our Faculty Council.  M. Beaulieu was the successful candidate.  It was noted that there will be another election in January 2015 to elect a Chair commencing July 1, 2015.
3. Approval of the Minutes
It was moved by R. Koster and seconded by I. Lemée that the minutes of September 12th, 2014 be approved.
4.  Business Arising from Minutes

5. Registrar’s Report

6. Dean's Report for Faculty Council
Friday, October 3, 2014

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all members of the faculty who attended the OUF in Toronto from September 19 to 21. Preliminary reports indicate that our numbers were comparable to past years and while the experience is exhausting, this fair is the largest of its kind in Ontario, which makes the Lakehead presence important to our recruitment efforts.

Meeting with China Delegates
On Monday, September 15, I was present at a meeting with representatives from the office of Consol General of China to Canada specific to Education and Training. During this meeting it was suggested that an excellent way for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities to target Chinese students into SS&H programs would be to start the process to establish a Conscious Institute at Lakehead University. This is a process by application competition but it was thought that this institute would attract new international students and appeal to Chinese students already at Lakehead University. I am currently soliciting input into faculty interest in this project.

China Recruitment
On Thursday, September 25, I was present at a meeting with representatives from JJL Recruitment based out of Beijing, and Misung Yim from our own International office to discuss the an international brochure to be produced before our next faculty recruitment trip to China later in the fall. We expect to have this piece translated into Mandarin but expect that there will be modifications to the content of our newly produced Faculty of SS&H brochure to better appeal to an international audience.

Orillia Visit
As a point of information, I will be traveling to Orillia on Tuesday October 14 and working from the Orillia campus Tuesday and early Wed. morning. I have plans to visit the Georgian campus in Barrie to tour the technology labs at the college, and later in the afternoon, I will be meeting with the faculty in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.
7. Assistant Dean’s Report
Our first speaker’s event, “Conversations with Walking with Our Sisters,” and the opening of the exhibit were overwhelmingly successful. I had limited time on the afternoon of the opening, and spend that time waiting in line only to have to leave before I had a chance to enter. When I did get to see it, all I can say is that it is an extremely powerful and moving experience. The series of events continues until October 24, and the exhibit is still on for another week. I encourage all of you to pass on the word, and attend what you are able to.

In the meantime, we continue to work on our series, and are planning events to be held on both campuses.

On the International Relations front, we continue working on our Faculty’s brochure for international students, and on the documents to facilitate faculty exchanges (specifically with Dalian University).

With regard to recruitment, we are looking into having updated individual pamphlets for each unit within our Faculty.

The committee organizing the Undergraduate Research Day during Research and Innovation Week has begun meeting to plan for this event. Undergraduate students will have an opportunity to showcase their work again this year, and we will be asking Deans, Chairs, and faculty members to encourage students to submit their poster presentations or present their oral papers, and to support them by attending the event.

We are working on an electronic faculty newsletter that will have reminders of upcoming deadlines and events, updates on changes approved by Senate, and feature the wonderful job our faculty members are doing.  I will be asking for information you would like to see included, and will have more information about the newsletter once we are closer to begin its circulation.

Finally, I will be attending a symposium on Learner Outcomes later in the month, and look forward to bringing back the information from those sessions.
8. Research Productivity at the Graduate Level
B. Stolar stated that Dr. Martin Taylor had assessed the Office of Research.  The results were analized by a small committee with the outcome being there needs to be increased productivity at the Ph.D. level.  She stated that we did not have enough resources to work with all the Ph.D. students.  D. Jobin-Bevans stated that support is also needed at the undergraduate level.  Undergraduate students will obtain good research skills by the time they are in their upper years.  A short discussion followed.  
9. Departmental Resources 2015/2016
D. Jobin-Bevans talked about the upcoming budget year.  He stated that there will be a template circulated to all Chairs/Director to be completed with their faculty/contract lecturer requests.

10. Departmental/School Reports

It was moved by M. Stevenson and R. Koster that the calendar changes for History be approved. (Course Discontinuations:  2014-SOC-4359; New Courses and Course Revisions:  2014-SOC-4360)

It was moved by B. Vernier and D. Ivison that the calendar changes for Languages be approved.  (Change in Course Description:  2014-SOC-4369; New Course/Change in Lab Hours:  2014-SOC-4312)

It was moved by T. Dufresne and I. Lemée that Dr. R. Matthews be appointed External Adjunct of the Department of Philosophy for a four-year term commencing July 1, 2014.

It was moved by T. Dufresne and J. Roth that the calendar changes for Philosophy be approved.  (Discontinued Courses:  2014-SOC-4295; New Courses:  2014-SOC-4297; New Version of Degrees: 2014-SOC-4299)

It was moved by D. Misina and G. Colton that Dr. C. Fogel be reappointed Internal Adjunct of the Department of Sociology for a four-year term commencing July 1, 2014.

11. Other Business
  1. Local Recruitment Talks.
    D. Jobin-Bevans has spoken with E. Shandruck about creating “mini-talks” for local high school students like the course offered in Orillia, “Financial 101.”   He asked that the Chairs/Director communicate their interests to him in the next four to five weeks.  He also spoke about faculty going to other communities to give lectures.
  2. Course Classification and Breadth Requirements
    D. Ivison spoke about the Group I and Group II Classification System that was recently passed at Senate.  He outlined the process of how each department/school was to submit their information.
  3. Faculty Constitution
    M. Beaulieu stated that there will be a committee struck to review the current faculty constitution.

    It was moved by D. Ivison and J. Roth that a committee be struck to review the Social Sciences and Humanities faculty constitution with one faculty member from Orillia campus, one faculty member from Thunder Bay campus and M. Beaulieu as Chair.
  4. T. Dufresne stated that faculty were being asked to set up their own personal websites.  He also said that they are expected to go for training in order to do this and also to maintain their site.  He stated that faculty were having to do more and more of this sort of thing and that their time would be better used elsewhere.

12. For Information

D. Jobin-Bevans spoke briefly about Lakehead Researchers: Send Us Information on your Game Changing Research.

13. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 am moved by T. Dufresne and R. Koster.


Thunder Bay Campus

J. Roth
B. Stolar
M. Beaulieu
G. Colton
D. Misina
D. Jobin-Bevans
I. Lemée
R. Martin
R. Koster
T. Dufresne
Orillia Campus

L. Fiddick
C. Fogel
M. Stevenson
S. Islam


D. McPherson
T. Puddephatt
S. Jeppesen