Faculty Council Meeting - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Deadline Agenda Items - Monday, September 10, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:00am
ATAC 3004/OA 3041


Date:        September 13, 2018
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:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 FROM 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM in ATAC 3004 / OA 3041 .

Toll Free:
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Introduction of New Faculty Members 
 1.    Approval of Agenda.

 2.    Approval of the following Minutes:   Friday, May 9, 2018.

 3.    Business Arising from the Minutes.

 4.    Dean’s Report.

 5.    Departmental/School Reports.

    i)  English – Renewal of Adjunct Professor
    Renewal of Dr. Jennifer Roth as Internal Adjunct Professor in the Department of English.

ii)  Languages – Calendar Changes.

2018-SOC-6627 – Modification to French 4901.
2018-SOC-6657 - Courses Modifications - UG- Languages - French for Beginners.
Changes of specification.

 6.    Other Business.
    i)    Review of Terms of Reference of the Social Sciences and Humanities Constitution.

 7.    Next Faculty Council Meeting:  Friday, October 19, 2018; Room:  ATAC 3004/OA 3041.  At this Council meeting, there will be a presentation by Dr. Dave Barnett, Acting Provost and Vice-President (Academic) followed by a discussion regarding the 2018- 2023 Draft Strategic Plan.

 8.    Adjournment.  




  May 9, 2018

A meeting of the Faculty Council was held on Wednesday, May 9th, at 1:00 pm in ATAC Board Room 5036/ Orillia 3041 – Teleconference/PolyCom.


Approval of Agenda

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



Approval of Minutes

It was moved by A. Guttman and seconded by M. Stevenson that the amended minutes from Friday, April 6th, 2017 be approved.



Business Arising from the Minutes



Dean’s Report

Dean’s Report to Faculty Council, May 9, 2018.

Procedures Associated with the Policy on Accommodation and Access for Students with Disabilities/Medical Conditions - ACCOMMODATION TEAMS (AcT) (Appendix 3) and Essential Requirements (Appendix 2)

All departments/school will need to develop Essential Requirements (Appendix 2), as these will guide the AcT when addressing student accommodation needs. As outlined in the AcT, Appendix 3, the committee “shall deal with with matters before the Committee in such a way that ensures full accommodations based on the student’s functional limitations, while maintaining the academic integrity of the University’s programs as defined by the essential requirements of the program.”

While I know English has completed their Essential Requirements, I am wondering how many other departments/school have done so? Do we want a workshop on this?

Do we also wish to have someone come in to speak to us about the AcT, and then decide how we wish to proceed?

Academic Plan Consultations

The working group will soon be ready to share the larger thematic areas of the Draft Academic Plan, and will be reaching out to all Faculties, Department and Schools over the next few months to obtain feedback. They will be doing subsequent rounds of discussion as they get into the more substantive elements of the plan. So please be sure to take the time to participate.

Teaching Commons Summer Institute

The first annual summer teaching institute will be held this August 14-16. They are only accepting 25 people for the institute – this year’s theme is active learning. You can register online through the Teaching Commons


Please plan to attend convocation as it means a great deal to the students to see the people who have been so influential in the last 3 to 4 years of their lives. SSH convocation is Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 2 p.m.

SEM and SMA Clarification

A word of clarification. Last year’s SEM meetings were to determine a baseline of each department/school enrolment projections. These formed the basis for developing the SMA corridor of funding that we are in for SMA2 (a three-year funding corridor, of which we are currently in year 2). We need to stay within that corridor in order to maintain or improve the funding allocation for the university. This is determined by the Ministry in conjunction with the university, who in turn worked with each of us. I think we may not have all understood what we were committing to, as part of the team effort. So to clarify, if we do not maintain our corridor, we stand to return to the budget cuts of three years ago or worse. This applies not only to undergraduate but also graduate student funding.

Recruitment Information – Viewbook Review

Analysis of our viewbook (independent survey conducted of high school students across Ontario, n=224) indicated that 64% of students use the viewbook, but that for 88%, it is the university and departmental websites that are the primary source of post secondary information

The most important information they are looking for in order of importance (top 3) are tuition and fees, entrance requirements and program descriptions and content

Grade 11 is of key importance, as this is when they begin and often solidify their decision; it is generally the first time to receive the viewbook, and 96% keep it

Identified what they didn’t like about our viewbook – felt information on the programs was lacking and that its organization (in terms of what they want to know) was not easy to find

So the Office of Recruitment is making changes to the template of how programs are laid out, and will be reaching out to each department for assistance.

Recruitment Stats = Domestic UG and G Current State of Affairs


  • Direct from high school is down 8-9% from last year this time
  • Out of province, transfer and mature student applications are slightly higher than last year
  • Consecutive Education is slightly higher, especially for the Orillia campus

Graduate Student Applications

  • up from last year, but only in terms of international students, domestic remains lower
  • please make sure you are working with FGS on domestic applicants


Assistant Dean’s Report

No report.


Departmental/School Reports

 i)  Political Science: 


 ii)  Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism - Calendar Changes:

 It was moved by G. Colton and seconded by I. Lemée that the calendar changes for Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism be approved. (Presented by M. Johnston)


2018-SOC-6591 – OUTD 3731:  Tourism Entrepreneurship - Title Change.

2018-SOC-6592 – OUTD 3715:  Indigenous Tourism – Revised Course Description.

2018-SOC-6593 – OUTD 3531:  Topics in Tourism – Delete Course.

2018-SOC-6594 – OUTD 3331:  Topics in Leadership – Delete Course.

2018-SOC-6595 – OUTD 2910 - Second Year Seminar – Delete Course.

2018-SOC-6596 – OUTD 3311 - Outdoor Adventure in Leadership – Change to Course Description.

2018-SOC-6597 – OUTD 2350 – Outdoor Skills and Theory II – Add Prerequisite.

 iii)  Social Justice Studies - Calendar Changes: 

 It was moved by A. Guttman and seconded by A. Carastathis that the calendar changes for Social Justice Studies be approved.  (Presented by J. Chisholm)

 2018-SOC-6539 – MA Social Justice Thesis Option

2018-SOC-6541 – SOCJ:  Master’s Thesis



Other Business

1.         Election of Chair and Vice-Chair of Faculty Council.

An election was held to determine the next Chair and Vice-Chair of Faculty Council for the coming 2018/2019 academic year.  D. Ivison, Department of English and T. Potter, School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, both let their names stand for Chair.  A secret ballot was held and the results were announced.  D. Vision was elected Chair and T. Potter Vice-Chair.


Next Faculty Council Meeting – TBA – September 2018



 It was moved by everyone that the meeting be adjourned.  (2:05 pm)



Thunder Bay Campus

R. Koster

E. Chugunov

T. Puddephatt

A. Guttman

R. Maundrell

I. Lemée

S. Jacoba

G. Colton

S. Shahsahabi

J. Chisholm

D. Hayes

A. Carastathis

Orillia Campus

M. Stevenson

S. Jeppesen

A. den Otter

S. Islam


M. Beaulieu

R. Robson