Faculty Council Meeting

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 10:00am
ATAC 5035 / OA 2005

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Date:    October 2nd, 2105

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, OCTOBER 2nd, 2015 FROM 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM IN ATAC 5035 / OA2005.


 1.    Approval of Agenda.

 2.    Approval of the May 19th, 2015 Minutes and April 21st, 2015 Minutes.   
 3.    Business Arising from the Minutes.
 4.    Introduction of New Colleagues.

 5.    Dean’s Report.

 6.    Departmental/School Reports.

    i)  History - Renewal of Dr. Peter Raffo as External Adjunct Professor of History.  Recommendation Memo and    Letter of Application.
    ii)  Philosophy - Calendar Change - New Course:  Philosophy Research Methods (2015-SOC-5205).

 7.    Other Business.
 8.    Next Faculty Council Meeting:  Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 10:00 am

 9.    Adjournment.  




 May 19th, 2015


A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 2:30 pm in ATAC Board Room 5037/OA 2005.


Approval of Agenda

It was moved by J. Roth and seconded by I. Lemée that the revised agenda be approved.



Election of Chair and Vice-Chair of Faculty Council

Dr. Michael Stevenson was acclaimed as Chair of Faculty Council and Dr. Doug Ivison was acclaimed as Vice-Chair of Faculty Council.


Approval of the Minutes


Approval of the April 21st, 2015 minutes was deferred to the fall Council meeting (posted on website).



Business Arising from Minutes



Dean’s Report


Dean’s Report to Faculty Council Meeting – Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Orillia Visit

 At the end of last month, I traveled to Orillia for a day of meetings on the Orillia campus and to run a choral workshop sponsored by the Orillia Vocal Ensemble on Saturday, April 25. The day-long workshop was supported by Lakehead with an in kind donation of the use of the commons and cafeteria with over 80 participants from the Orillia community and surrounding area.

 CRC Tier II Chair

 "The CRC Tier II Chair search committee reconvened to discuss options following the refusal of the position by our first candidate. The committee in communication with the office of the VP Research, has drafted a second ad for circulation with the hope that interviews will take place in August. We are still aiming for the CRC October deadline to submit a recommended candidate.


China Visit

 Batia and I returned from a 16 day mini-lecture recruitment tour of China this past week where we visited 3 cities, 4 schools and delivered 16 lectures on the interdisciplinary topic of the use of choral music in Anne Rice's vampire narrative film adaptation of Interview with the Vampire. We reached over 1,000 grade 11 and 12 students in the Maple Leaf Schools and CISGG high schools with the mini-lecture format, followed by a Q&A on the topic of life at university specific to Lakehead University programs.


Assistant Dean’s Report

 Assistant Dean’s Report – May 2015

Our Faculty was well represented during Research and Innovation Week. Beginning on Saturday, the Departments of Languages and Visual Arts participated in the interactive display at the Intercity Shopping Centre in Thunder Bay. Isabelle Lemee ran the language lab, and the work of Mavourneen Trainor and visual arts students was featured. There was a lot of interest in seeing “artists at work,” and some students sold their paintings as a result. Many thanks to Isabelle, Moe, the students, and Roly Martin for participating and making the event a success.

 On Monday morning, our Faculty hosted an informal breakfast session with Dr. Antonia Maioni to discuss issues and questions specific to SSHRC researchers. It was a lively discussion with 18 faculty members attending (on both campuses through videoconferencing). Many thanks to Michael Stevenson for taking care of the details for the event in the Orillia campus.

 Dr. Maioni, in her role as President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, officially opened the ceremonies, and gave the keynote address over lunch later on Monday. The lunch was well attended. She spoke about the value of research in the Social Sciences and Humanities, which is an important message to the university community as well as to the community at large.

 On Tuesday, our Faculty hosted an event celebrating innovation in the arts featuring the Lakehead University Chamber Choir, conducted by our Acting Dean, Dean Jobin-Bevans, and the work of choreographers Edgar Zendejas and Hari Krishnan. The event was well attended by students, faculty, and community members, and during their stay Edgar and Hari also offered four workshops to local dance studios.


All of these events were co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation.

 On Wednesday, the Undergraduate Research Conference took place at the Agora and Senate Chambers in the Thunder Bay campus. It was a successful conference, with participants in the poster and oral categories peer-evaluating and voting for their favourites from each Faculty. The winners from our Faculty were Sarah Shruiff, from ORPT, in the poster category, and Andrea Nahachewsky, from English, in the oral category. The winners attended a lunch with the President, the VP (Research and Innovation), and members of the organizing committee.


Departmental/School Reports



Other Business

  i)  Annual Reports

D. Jobin-Bevans reminded faculty members to submit their annual report by May 31st.  He stated that he would be reviewing them in July.  There was going to be a workshop on annual reports as they pertain to Merit, etc.  It will make the criteria clear to Deans for the Merit process.

 ii)  Convocation

 D. Jobin-Bevans stated that convocation this year is on May 30th in the afternoon.  He encouraged faculty members to attend.

 iii)  Sister Cities in Finland

M. Beaulieu was the representative from Lakehead University for the Sister Cities visit to Finland.




 The meeting adjourned at 3:00 pm moved by J. Roth and I. Lemée.




 Thunder Bay Campus

 D. Ivison

D. Jobin-Bevans

I. Lemée

R. Martin

B. Vernier

A. Carastathis

G. Colton

B. Stolar

J. Roth

M. Beaulieu


Orillia Campus


S. Islam

M. Stevenson


 R. Koster

D. McPherson