FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
Thursday, 20 May 2004
2:30 p.m., Clearihue A207
1. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
MOTION: (M. Bodden, I. Holmberg)
"That the agenda for the meeting of the Faculty of Humanities be
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: (J. Greene, P. Gölz)
"That the minutes of the meeting of the Faculty of Humanities held
on 16 April 2004 be approved." CARRIED.
3. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES - Nil
4. DEAN'S REMARKS
The Dean advised that he had received a budget letter from the Vice-President
Academic and Provost allocating base budget funding for the Faculty. A
position in Applied Linguistics had been allocated partially to enable
Linguistics to develop their new M.A. in Applied Linguistics; the Religious
Studies position had been allocated in order to solidify the minor program;
partial funding for a Senior Instructor position in Germanic and Russian
Studies had been received along with $10,000 T.A. support for Philosophy
and an instructional capacity increase of $50,000 to be used at the Faculty's
discretion. He felt that this indicated that expectations were increasing
in terms of enrolment although no additional space was being provided
for the increase in students. The Dean reported that renovations would
be beginning soon in the former Advising Centre space on the first floor
and that the Faculty would be obtaining a few offices.
The Dean reported on the future of the Humanities Centre and said that
he had a meeting with Vice-President Taylor last week. Dr. Taylor had
indicated that he would likely strike a committee of interested faculty
members to reconsider a way the research centre could be structured and
mandated in order to create a home for humanities-type disciplines. The
Dean anticipated this occurring in the fall.
The Dean said that Dr. Kamboureli would be officially taking a leave
of absence for 23 months come August 1st leaving the position of Associate
Dean. In order to be able to undertake the process for the search for
a new Associate Dean, in consultation with Chairs and Directors, an Acting
Associate Dean would be appointed for 6 months effective July 1st. He
announced that Dr. Carlin, who had previously expressed an interest in
this position, had graciously accepted to be the Acting Associate Dean.
A full search will be undertaken in the fall in order to find a permanent
5. CORRESPONDENCE - Nil
6. MATTERS INVOLVING CONVOCATION
a) List of candidates for degrees and diplomas
Mrs. Charlton attended the meeting to answer questions should any particular
issue arise regarding Convocation. The Dean reported that there were 373
graduates with approximately 40% graduating with distinction. He said
that this was higher than in the past and that there was a consideration
at Senate to redefine what is meant by 'with distinction'.
MOTION: (T. Haskett, L. Howard)
"THAT the Faculty of Humanities recommend to the Senate that the
degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and the Diplomas in Applied
Linguistics and Humanities be granted to the candidates listed in the
document circulated at the meeting, and that, if any error be discovered
in the lists following the meeting of the Faculty of Humanities, the Dean
and the Secretary be empowered to rectify such error." CARRIED.
b) Medal Winner
The Dean announced that this year's winner of the University of Victoria
Jubilee Medal for Humanities had a graduating average of 8.87.
c) Students on the Dean's List
The Dean informed the faculty that the top 10% of Humanities' graduating
students this year would receive a personalized letter from the Dean indicating
that they had qualified to be on the Dean's list.
d) Dean's Waivers
The Dean reported that there had been a waiver allowing a student to graduate
with 16.5 units of UVic upper-level courses: 1.5 of 9 units upper-level
transfer credit earned on an Exchange Studentship will be counted toward
the required 18 units of UVic upper-level courses. The student will graduate
with a B.A. Major in Pacific Studies.
The Dean thanked Mrs. Charlton for her assistance.
7. OTHER BUSINESS
The Dean wished everyone a great summer. There being no further business
it was moved by Dr. Bryant and seconded by Dr. Gölz that the meeting
be adjourned at 2:05 p.m.
Dean Andrew Rippin, Chair
Donna Trenholm, Recorder