FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
MOTION: (M. Bodden, I. Holmberg)
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: (J. Young, L. Howard)
3. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES - Nil
4. DEAN'S REMARKS
The Dean reported that there would be a change in the Development Officer assigned to the Faculty of Humanities. On January 5, 2004, Mr. Salekin will begin working with the Faculties of Social Sciences and Human and Social Development. Mel Murray, who was previously the Development Officer in Law and who has just returned from maternity leave, will start working with the Faculty of Humanities in conjunction with the Library. The Dean said it certainly was unfortunate that Mr. Salekin was leaving since he had clearly gained the confidence of everyone in the Faculty of Humanities, however, the change will give the Faculty a chance to work more closely with the Library; the Library has two specific fund-raising goals, collection development and technology development, and both of these are definitely in the interests of members of the Faculty of Humanities.
The Dean said that a question arose at the previous meeting regarding the appointment process for the Director of the Humanities Centre. This had led to subsequent discussions with the Chairs and Directors not only about the process of appointment but also about the future of the Centre. The Dean reported that the Vice-President Research had already struck the Committee for appointing a new Director, however, he had spoken to Dr. Taylor and suggested that the initial meeting be postponed until sometime in January after the Faculty had an opportunity to reflect on the role of the Director (especially in light of the new position of Associate Dean of the Faculty). The Dean anticipated a general discussion at the next Faculty meeting or at a special meeting, after which a proposal would be presented to Dr. Taylor.
The Dean said that the process of approving convocation lists had arisen
on at least two different occasions in the past. He indicated his intention
to propose a motion at the next Faculty meeting which would read: "That
the Faculty of Humanities recommends to Senate that in the future the
convocation list of graduating students from the Faculty of Humanities
be approved by the Dean, Faculty of Humanities, or designate, after review
and approval by departmental Chairs/Directors (or designates) at the Office
of the Dean, Faculty of Humanities." The Dean said that the present
approval process is inefficient in its use of time (for personnel in the
Records Office, the Assistant Dean, and the members of the Faculty of
Humanities who attend the meeting at which, especially in May, this is
the only item of business), wasteful of paper (copies of the graduation
list are circulated to all those who attend the meeting), and raises concerns
regarding the privacy of confidential material when copies of the graduation
list are not returned or filed appropriately at the end of the meeting.
The Dean advised that the Faculty of Graduate Studies had already presented
its own similar motion to Senate and that it passed without any concern
expressed. The University Secretary had indicated that there is no procedural
problem. The convocation lists would be available to Chairs who would
need to sign off approving students within their own programs, and the
lists would be available to members in each department via the Chair.
5. ASSOCIATE DEAN'S REMARKS
Dr. Kamboureli reported that she had met with individual departments to give them an indication of what she had been doing in her new position. Some highlights of her recent activities included:
6. CORRESPONDENCE - Nil.
MOTION: (J. Esling, I. Holmberg)
Dr. Fulton thanked the Committee for their conscientious, careful and thoughtful considerations of all the submissions. He said the Committee found the input from Ms. Gutensohn and Ms. Charlton very useful, and the excellent minutes kept by Ms. Daigle were very helpful. He reported that the largest submission was from the Linguistics Department and that he was very impressed by the degree of work done by all the departments on new courses and changes. The Dean queried whether there were statistics regarding the number of courses added or deleted and whether we were expanding our offerings. Dr. Fulton said we were decreasing because Linguistics went from 72 to 56 courses; they dropped courses that had not been taught for some time and consolidated material from other courses into some new courses. Dr. Fulton pointed out that department advisors should inform students of how frequently individual courses are taught in order to help students plan out their programs.
The motion was put and CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Dr. Fulton announced that the Chair for next year's Committee would be Dr. Haskett and Dr. King the Secretary.
MOTION: (S. Kamboureli, M. Bodden)
The Dean advised that, since this proposed Calendar entry related to overall program requirements, it had been channelled through the Academic Standards Committee. Dr. Edgell was unable to attend our meeting but had sent two representatives from the Advising Centre, Ms. Chamberlin and Ms. Gutensohn, in order to respond to any questions. The Dean said that the document contained a number of editorial changes and clarifications. He explained that the most significant change was to the description of the general program and to the role of minors in relationship to the general program. The net effect of the changes was that it would now be possible for a student to do a minor with a general degree as well as with an honours or major. This has been accomplished by clarifying more precisely what is meant by a minor and distinguishing it from the components of a general degree. In addition, the Dean advised that the Academic Standards Committee considered the statement concerning the linkage between honours programs and graduate programs. After some discussion regarding the first paragraph of the document, a motion was put forth amending a sentence.
MOTION TO AMEND: (J. Young, S. Kamboureli)
The motion as amended was put and CARRIED.
The original motion was put and CARRIED.
9. OTHER BUSINESS
There being no further business the Dean wished everyone the best in the holiday season. It was moved by Dr. Hérique and seconded by Dr. Young that the meeting be adjourned at 3:25 p.m.