September 8, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 10:30am
ATAC 5036/OA 3041


Date:        September 8, 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, SEPTEMBER 8 FROM 10:30 AM to NOON ATAC 5036 / OA 3041.


Presentations:    Mr. Chad O’Halloran, Manager, Undergraduate Recruitment
                            Dr. Amy Farrell-Morneau – Indigenous Curriculum Specialist

Introduction of New Faculty Members.
 1.    Approval of Agenda.
 2.    Approval of the following Minutes:   Friday, May 18, 2017.
 3.    Business Arising from the Minutes.
 4.    Dean’s Report.
 5.    Departmental/School Reports.
      i)  History:  Calendar Change:  2017-SOC-6256 – Discontinuation of HBA.NSTU.
     ii) Languages:  Calendar Changes:  2016-SOC-5818 - Programs Discontinuing - UG  Languages - Delete Minors;  2017-SOC-6215 – Programs-New-UG-Languages-Certificates in International Languages.
    iii)  Sociology:  Approval of External Adjunct - Dr. Mary Ellen Hill - Recommendation Memo from Dr. T. Puddephatt.  (Please contact S. Viitala to view Dr. Hill’s CV.)
6.    Other Business.
7.    Next Faculty Council Meeting:  Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:30 am; Room: ATAC           3004/OA TBA
 8.    Adjournment.    


May 18, 2017
A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, at 1:00 pm in ATAC Board Room 3004/OA 3041.

Presentation:  2018-2023 Strategic Plan
H. Murchison, Vice Provost (Institutional Planning and Analysis) and G. Munt gave a presentation on the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.  A short question period followed.  Faculty members were encouraged to submit their ideas and concerns.

Approval of Agenda
 It was moved by A. Guttman and seconded by I. Lemée that the agenda be approved.

Approval of Minutes
It was moved by A. Guttman and seconded by I. Lemée that the minutes from Friday, April 21st, 2017 be approved.

Business Arising from the Minutes
1.  D. Jobin-Bevans spoke about the idea of rejuvenating Faculty Council.  It had been suggested that there be one Faculty Council per term with monthly executive meetings.  He was unsure if that would help to boost attendance at Council meetings and welcomed suggestions from everyone.  A brief discussion followed.

Dean’s Report
Dean’s Report to Faculty Council, Thursday, May 18, 2017
Update re: Dean of Faculty and Social Sciences Search

At this point in time, I have no new information about the process to appoint a new Dean for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. I will keep the faculty updated via email if there is any new information from the Office of the Provost.

New Faculty FTTT Appointments
We are in the process of holding interviews for five FTTT positions in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. It is expected that all appointments will be confirmed before the end of June and in time for the start of the Fall term.

SEM Messaging
I have been made aware that the messaging around the SEM process may not have been communicated as clearly as necessary, specifically around the theme of Faculty/Department/School resources. In my previous remarks to the Faculty Council, I gave a brief context for the Lakehead University exercise as in relationship to the larger issue of changing funding model currently in negotiation between Ontario Universities and the Ministry. Lakehead University has engaged in a SEM process that will work to focus the work that every academic unit engages in around student recruitment and retention. The main purpose of the institutional strategy around a plan for strategic enrollment is to work together to improve student recruitment and retention, not to root out programs that have dropping enrollment numbers for the purpose to limiting existing recourses. In fact, the SEM process is intended to better inform and engage all stakeholders in the creation of a unit-specific plan, and to work together to improve efforts around recruitment and enrollment.

Just a quick reminder that the convocation for graduates from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities will take place on Saturday, June 3 starting at 2.00 pm in the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. Faculty are, as always, encouraged to attend.

Assistant Dean’s Report
No report was submitted.

Departmental/School Reports
There were no departmental/school reports.

Other Business
1. Election of New Chair and Vice-Chair of Faculty Council.

I. Lemée stated that there were two nominations for Chair of Faculty Council.  J. Roth and T. Puddephatt both put their names forward after being seconded as per the rules of the constitution.  I. Lemée told Council that the Committee had decided that as only two names were put forward, the person who was not elected to be Chair of Faculty Council would fill the positon of Vice-Chair.  Ballots were cast which resulted in T. Puddephatt being elected as Chair and J. Roth elected as Vice-Chair.

2. 2017/2018 Timetable.
M. Stevenson talked about how late the loading sheets were this year in comparison with other years.  A. Carastathis stated that the loading sheets were released in February and were still not complete.  A. Guttman also mentioned that there were delays with the online calendar as well.  Several individuals stated their concern regarding the revised registration dates in July.

7.  Next Faculty Council Meeting:  September 2017.
 It was moved by S. Islam and seconded by R. Martin that the meeting be adjourned.

Thunder Bay Campus
R. Robson
R. Koster
I. Lemée
B. Vernier
D. Jobin-Bevans
A. Guttman
A. Carastathis
G. Colton
R. Maundrell
R. Martin

Orillia Campus
M. Stevenson
A. den Otter
S. Islam

M. Beaulieu
C. Sanders