Faculty Council Meeting

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:00am
ATAC 3004/OA 3041


Date:          April 21, 2017
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, APRIL 21st, FROM 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM IN ATAC 3004 / OA 3041 .
 1.    Approval of Agenda.
 2.    Approval of the following Minutes:  March 24th, 2017.
 3.    Business Arising from the Minutes.
 4.    Dean’s Report.
 5.    Assistant Dean’s Report.
 6.    Departmental/School Reports.
 i) Languages:  Calendar Changes:  2016-SOC-5817 – Programs-Discontinuing-UG-Languages-Delete Certificates; 2016-SOC-5818 – Programs-Discontinuing-UG-Languages- Delete Minors.
iii) Women’s Studies:  Calendar Change:  2017-SOC-6160 – Minor Change to Note for Women’s Studies Specialization with HBSW.
 7.    Other Business.
    i) Formation of Nominations Committee for the Election of a Chair of Faculty    Council.
 8.    Next Faculty Council Meeting:  May 26, 2017 in ATAC 3004/OA 3041.
 9.    Adjournment.  




 March 24, 2017

A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Friday, March 24th, 2017, at 10:00 am in ATAC Board Room 3004/OA 3041.


Approval of Agenda

 It was moved by A. den Otter and seconded by I. Lemée that the agenda be approved.



Approval of Minutes

It was moved by R. Koster and seconded by B. Vernier that the minutes from Friday, January 6th, 2017 be approved.




Business Arising from the Minutes

 The notes from the last Faculty Council meeting, (February 17, 2017), were circulated for information only.


Dean’s Report

Dean’s Report to Faculty Council, Friday, March 24, 2017


As a follow-up to the meeting with the Provost and Director of Institutional Analysis on Friday, March 10, Heather and Kathryn from the IA/SEM team are in the process of confirming meetings with individual units to discuss SEM processes specific to each SS&H unit. Unless otherwise invited to attend by the Chair/Director, I will not be present for these meetings. I would ask that you please keep me posted on progress during our direct report meetings to take place over the month of April.

Direct Report Meetings with Chairs/Director

S. Viitala is currently in the process of setting up direct report meetings with each of the Chairs/Director in our Faculty. The purpose of these meetings will be to provide me with an update on current issues/projects in the Departments/School so that I can communicate this information to the incoming Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Update re: Dean of Faculty and Social Sciences Search

At this time, I believe that the Appointments Committee for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities search is in the last phase of the process and should almost be in a position to make a recommendation to the Provost. In the ideal, news of the new Dean should be communicated mid to end of May, and I appreciate your patience while this process is in play.

Principal of Orillia Campus

As you are aware, my appointment as the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities finishes on June 30, after which time I will begin my appointment as the Principal of the LU Orillia campus. During the next three months, I will be spending larger periods of time working from Orillia, but will continue to fulfill the responsibilities of the role of Interim Dean until the end of the appointment.

New Faculty FTTT Appointments

There are five FTTT positions (including two Teaching Stream) in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at various stages of the process, currently being filled. Units involve with these hires include; the Department of Indigenous Learning, the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (Criminology), the Department of Languages (Teaching Stream), the Department of Sociology (Teaching Stream), and the Department of Women’s Studies. Please watch for communications about presentations open to our faculty members throughout the coming months.


Work on the new Lakehead University Strategic Mandate Agreement has begin, and individual units within each University Faculty are asked to review and comment on the information captured in Appendix 2 of the first SMA currently under review and update. While the document totals 20 pages and not all Faculty programs have been captured in the agreement, I will be sending by e-copy the appendix with a note to guide your input as there are only three of the 19 pages that pertain to our programs. As the Chair/Director, you will be asked to review the contents and comment on the progress of proposed program strengths with a view to continued growth and development in these areas over the next three years. I will provide as much detail in the email to accompany the document and, encourage you not to hesitate to reach out to me if you require further clarification.

Financial Support for International Students

I have met with the five Graduate Coordinators representing the five graduate programs in our faculty to discuss financial support for our international graduate students. In consultation with the Graduate Coordinators, I have confirmed with the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies my support for the 2017/18 academic year, with provision for renewals into the following academic year. I am currently working with International Recruitment to develop a program of financial support to assist in recruitment efforts for Undergraduate International students as well, offering small awards to encourage students to choose Lakehead University for the upcoming academic year.


Assistant Dean’s Report

Friday March 24th, 2017 SSH Faculty Council Meeting: Assistant Dean Report

  1. Summer Undergraduate Research Internships – The application deadline for the Internships has passed and a review committee has been struck (Dean, PhebeAnn Wolframe the SSHRC facilitator and I) to review the applications. We are very pleased as six applications were submitted from both campuses for the two awards. Thank you to everyone for your interest and engagement in building the undergraduate research culture.
  2. Research and Innovation Week – Thank you to everyone who contributed to and participated in the R&I week activities; special thanks to Aris (a new composition) and his students (who performed) for their participation in the opening and closing ceremonies for R&I week, and to Roly and Dean for their student contributions to the opening ceremonies for the Undergraduate Research Day. The Social Sciences and Humanities Undergraduate Student Award Winner was Valérie Schutte, from the Department of Languages - congratulations. I apologize, but I have not been made aware of any Graduate Award Recipients, as of yet, so am unable to report.
  3. News Letter or Fall 2017 – is underway!


Departmental/School Reports

i) History

It was moved by R. Harpelle and seconded by I. Lemée that the calendar changes for History be approved.  2017-SOC-6125 – Courses-Discontinuing-Undergraduate-History-Cross Listings Languages and Women’s Studies; 2017-SOC-6127 – Courses-Modifications-Undergraduate-History-Changes to 3rd year course descriptions.

It was moved by R. Harpelle and seconded by C. Lousley that Dr. Nicolas Lépine be appointed as an External Adjunct Professor to the Department of History for a four-year term.


ii)  Languages

It was moved by B. Vernier and seconded by R. Koster that the calendar change for Languages be approved.  2017-SOC-6135 – Courses-Modifications-UG-Languages-Remove cross-listed course.


 iii) Women’s Studies

It was moved by R. Harpelle and seconded by by I. Lemée that the calendar change for Women’s Studies be approved. 2017-SOC-6128 – Remove Cross-listed HIST 3703.

The following calendar change was tabled until the next Faculty Council meeting:  2017-SOC-6160 – Minor Change to Note for Women’s Studies Specialization with HBSW.


Other Business


7.  Next Faculty Council Meeting:  Friday, April 21st, 2017, at 10:00 am in ATAC 3004/OA 3041.



It was moved by A. den Otter and seconded by B. Vernier that the meeting be adjourned.       



Thunder Bay Campus

R. Martin

P. Cain

R. Harpelle

R. Koster

I. Lemée

B. Vernier

T. Puddephatt

R. Warburton

Orillia Campus

M. Stevenson

A. den Otter

D. Jobin-Bevans

C. Lousley


M. Beaulieu

R. Maundrell

A. Carastathis

J. Roth