Friday, 17 November 2006
2:30 p.m., Clearihue A207
were received from: S. Ross, L. Saxon, E. Chapco, P. Restrepo-Gautier, H. Cazes,
M. Adam, M. Swift, A. McKenzie, S. Devereaux, J. Zwicky, D. Russek, S. Yekelchyk,
R. Rajala, T. Saunders, J. Lutz, G. Blue, C. Suzack
1. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
MOTION: (J. Young, J. Foss)
"That the agenda for the meeting of
the Faculty of Humanities be approved with amendment." CARRIED.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: (J. Esling, D. Thaler)
"That the minutes
of the meeting of the Faculty of Humanities held on 20 October 2006 be approved."
3. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
The Dean mentioned that
the French MA proposal had been send to Faculty of Graduate Studies Executive
with notice of its approval by the Faculty of Humanities; Graduate Studies has
not yet considered it.
4. DEAN'S REMARKS
The Dean drew members' attention
to the Campus 2020 consultations which are underway now. Campus2020.ca has commissioned
"think pieces" on issues of concern and the Dean encouraged everyone
to review the information there; the item under the heading "E-Learning"
provides a good sense of some of the thinking going on and illustrates the need
for the University to be involved in the process.
5. ASSOCIATE DEAN'S REMARKS
Carlin mentioned that the Faculty of Humanities Lansdowne Lecturer, Dr. Alain
Touwaide had a very successful visit to UVic and that he would like to offer internships
to our MA or PhD students in order to assist him with organizing his 10,000+ book
collection at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. These internships would be unpaid
but we could offer some airfare and accommodation support. It is anticipated that
these internships be for one week, possibly longer. Dr. Carlin is happy to discuss
this with interested departments or students.
6. CORRESPONDENCE - nil
2007-08 COURSE CALENDAR REVISIONS (T. Haskett, Chair, Faculty of Humanities Curriculum
The Dean welcomed Dr. Haskett to the floor to discuss the 2007-08
Course Calendar revisions. Dr. Haskett remarked that the committee received 12
submissions which have been available to review in the 220 page docket deposited
in the Dean's Office. Dr. Haskett mentioned that the proposal for the Medieval
Studies Honours program is still awaiting approval from the Board of Governors
although the revised courses are included in the curriculum submission. He also
highlighted the five new courses in Digital Humanities. An initiative from Jim
Anglin's office will also see a series of new Indigenous Studies courses for the
LE,NONET program that will provide internships for Aboriginal students. The Library
representative on the committee drew attention the following issues:
need to order supporting library materials prior to new course submissions;
the need to inform the Library whenever a course is deleted that there is no longer
a need to collect supporting materials in the area, if that is the case.
the curriculum committee has no clear way of determining whether course changes
affect other programs across the three faculties; it has been agreed that Joyce
Gutensohn of the Academic Advising Centre will be checking program course requirements
extensively, watching for such changes. Dr. Haskett thanked all members for the
months of hard work.
Questions were raised about the need for the early
date of submission of course changes to the committee; the committee reported
that the July 1 date facilitated its work in that its members could use the summer
period to review the materials and that it has resulted in our submission getting
to the Senate Curriculum Committee by the stipulated deadline.
OF MEMBERSHIP TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE ASSOCIATE DEAN
The Dean announced
that the Committee on Committees had sent out a call to nominate two new members
to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Associate Dean. Dr. Judith Mitchell
(English) and Dr. Leslie Butt (Pacific & Asian Studies) have agreed to sit
on this committee for a 2.5 year term.
MOTION: (C. St. Peter, J. Greene) "THAT
the Faculty of Humanities approve Dr. Judith Mitchell and Dr. Leslie Butt to sit
on the Advisory Committee to the Associate Dean for a two and a half-year term."
8. OPEN DEBATE TOPIC: "How is the future of the Faculty of
Humanities reflected in the Review and Renewal of the Strategic Plan document
issued by the President's Planning and Priorities Committee in November?"
was extensive discussion; the following summary was subsequently submitted to
the Planning and Priorities Committee.
Creativity, intellectual curiosity,
ethics, independent thought, interpretative skills, historical awareness, cross-cultural
awareness, disciplinary awareness, environmental awareness (as a cultural/community
context, not just a "green" one): these concepts were noted as either
missing or only cited as grounding principles without being fully integrated into
the implementation of the student experience part of the plan. Emphasizing these
points may also provide a greater sense of the document being "aspirational"
which seems to be minimized currently.
The place of the disciplines needs
to be firmly asserted; we need the integrity of disciplines before venturing out
into interdisciplinary areas. Overall a few more "where appropriates"
would help the plan strengthen the core activities of the university within its
It was observed that experiential learning can
be sometimes substituted for the experience a student has in taking a course.
The student may be having an experience but there is no guarantee in such a situation
that the experience will be guided intellectually. Such an approach also tends
to stress the immediate utility of knowledge, rather than recognizing the necessity
for knowledge that has long-term utility which best serves society through the
development of independent thought. It is not that we are opposed to experiential
learning by emphasizing questions of utility and practical application, but the
plan should not allow learning to be limited to those things nor to imply that
thinking, reading, and writing (taking place in traditional educational settings)
are not crucial experiences and therefore experiential learning in and by themselves.
There being no further business it was moved by E.
Pnevmonidou and seconded E. Rossi that the meeting be adjourned at 4:02p.m.
Andrew Rippin, Chair
Jennifer Lefler, Recorder