Faculty Council Meeting

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 1:00pm
ATAC 5035 / OA 3007

Deadline for agenda items is Tuesday, December 8th at 4:30 pm.



Date: December 11th, 2015

To: Members, Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities



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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11th, 2015 FROM 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM IN ATAC 5035 / OA 3007.


  1. Approval of Agenda.

  2. Approval of the November 6th, 2015 Minutes.

  3. Business Arising from the Minutes.

  4. Dean’s Report.

  5. Assistant Dean’s Report.

  6. Departmental/School Reports.

 i)  English - Calendar Changes:  2015-SOC-5309; 2015-SOC-5311; 2015-SOC-5371.

 ii)  History - Calendar Changes: 2015-SOC-5228; 2015-SOC-5235; 2015-SOC-5279; 2015-SOC-5300; 2015-SOC-5327; 2015-SOC-5372.

 iii)  Interdisciplinary Studies - Calendar Changes:  2015-SOC-5322; 2015-SOC-5323; 2015-SOC-5324; 2015-SOC-5376; 2015-SOC-5383; 2015-SOC-5384; 2015-SOC-5385; 2015-SOC-5386; 2015-SOC-5387.

 iv)  Political Science - Calendar Changes: 2015-SOC-5317.

 v)  Music - Calendar Change:  2015-SOC-5340; 2015-SOC-5388.

 vi)  Sociology - Calendar Changes:  2015-SOC-5326; 2015-SOC-5346.

 vii) Women’s Studies - Calendar Changes:  2015-SOC-5245; 2015-SOC-5318; 2015-SOC-5363; 2015-SOC-5368.

 viii) Visual Arts - Calendar Change:  2015-SOC-5373.

  7. Other Business.

 i) University Regulation Timely Feedback.

  8. Next Faculty Council Meeting:  Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 at 10:00 am.  (Last meeting for calendar changes for 2016/2017.  Deadline for submissions is December 23rd at 4:30 pm)



 November 6th, 2015

Note:  Due to a power outage at the Orillia Campus, D. Ivison Chaired our Faculty Council meeting.


Dr. Scott Pound made a short presentation about the Writing Centre.  He gave a brief description of its objectives.  The Committee asked that Chairs/Director forward on any information they currently have with regard to guides that may currently be in place to help students.  He suggested that if there is not one in place, it would be a good idea to make one.  Handouts were provided and distributed to all Chairs/Director.

A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 10:00 am 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.


Approval of the Minutes

It was moved by J. Roth and seconded by I. Lemée that the minutes from October 2nd, 2015 be approved.

Business Arising from Minutes


Introduction of New Colleagues

J. Roth introduced Dr. Jennifer Chisholm, a nine-month term appointment in Women’s Studies

R. Martin introduced Professor Sam Shahsahabi as the new tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts.  He has been with the department for six years.

Dean’s Report

Dean’s Report to Faculty Council Meeting – Friday, November 6th, 2015
Budget 2016/17

To date, all academic units have viewed a budget presentation given by the VP Academic and the VP Finance and are awaiting further details about the 2016/17 budget exercise. The deadline for budget submission is December 15 and in advance of the specifics, I would like to ask all units in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities to think about strategic hiring proposals for upcoming round. I will have more details about deadlines for the receipt of proposals once the budget guidelines become available.

Dean’s Working Committee

The first meeting of the Dean’s Working Committee took place on October 19. The items for discussion broadly included: recruitment, enrolment and retention (including new program offerings); support for research; faculty-based fundraising indicatives.

On the recruitment front, the establishment of International RAs was suggested, and as a follow-up to this item I have spoken to Christine Gottardo and she is hopeful that we might be able to establish a program for matching funds for two students.

Additionally, on the topic of fundraising projects for our faculty, I would like to invite departments to consider forwarding suggestions for philanthropic support to my attention. Items might include funds for student scholarships, bursaries and awards; visiting scholars in residence; or specific equipment needs. I will be happy to receive suggestions over the next couple of weeks.

Audit Course Enrolments for Winter 2016

I would like to remind Chairs/Director that they should be encouraging their students to register for winter courses as soon as possible and that an informal audit should take place on under subscribed courses before the end of this month with a view to close under enrolled sections and, where necessary, open new or additional sections.

Heather Saaltink Award – Call for Applicants

Awarded to a 4th year student athlete, who is active at the Varsity or club level and demonstrates a commitment to environment protection and social justice, inspiring others to make a difference. Preference will be given to a student in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Research Profiles

Just a reminder to department chairs to forward research profiles for faculty members in their units. The purpose for collecting this information is to familiarize myself with our faculty’s research interests at the level of individual faculty so that I might become more conversant on this front.

Grade 12 Preview Day

I would like to close my report with a round table discussion on the topic of our faculty’s response to participation in the Grade 12 Preview Day scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th, 2015. (See ‘Toolkit’)

Assistant Dean

I am happy to announce that Dr. Anna Guttman has been appointed the Assistant Dean for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities effective immediately and until June 30, 2016.

Departmental/School Reports

i)  History

It was moved by M. Stevenson and seconded by A. den Otter that the following calendar changes for History be approved:  2015-SOC-5229; 2015-SOC-5230; 2015-SOC-5231; 2015-SOC-5232; 2015-SOC-5307.


ii)  Interdisciplinary Studies

It was moved by L. Fiddick and seconded by T. Puddephatt that the following calendar change for Interdisciplinary Studies be approved:  2015-SOC-5284.


iii)  Philosophy

It was moved by R .Maundrell and seconded by J. Roth that the following Philosophy calendar changes be approved:  2015-SOC-5287; 2015-SOC-5288; 2015-SOC-5268.


iv)  Political Science

It was moved by P. Cain and seconded by I. Lemée that the following calendar change for Political Science be approved:  2015-SOC-5314.


vi)  Sociology

The following calendar change for Sociology was relegated back to T. Puddephatt for further revision:  2015-SOC-5306-A.


vii)  Women’s Studies

It was moved by J. Roth and seconded by R. Maundrell that the following calendar changes for Women’s Studies be approved:  2015-SOC-5319.

Other Business

1.    Disclosure of Personal Information and Student Marks

    D. Jobin-Bevans stated that some faculty members have been posting marks that everyone can
view.  As everyone is aware, this is not an acceptable practice.  As well, graded student work
should not be left in a public place such as outside an office.  He mentioned that the wording in the current policy should be brought up to date.

2.    Visual Arts Open House

    S. Shahsahabi spoke about the Visual Arts annual open house taking place on December 4th
    from noon to 5:00 pm. in the Music and Visual Arts building.  There will be many items for sale at this event made by our students, faculty and local artists.  A portion of the sales, with the exception of students, will go toward the Visiting Artists lecturer series.

It was moved by P. Cain and seconded by I. Lemée that the meeting be adjourned at 11:36 am.

Thunder Bay Campus

D. Ivison
D. Jobin-Bevans
I. Lemée
B. Vernier
S. Shahsahabi
G. Colton
J. Roth
D. McPherson
R. Maundrell
P. Cain
T. Puddephatt
R. Martin
J. Chisholm

Orillia Campus

A. den Otter
M. Stevenson
L. Fiddick


M. Richardson
K. Holmes

M. Beaulieu