1. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
MOTION: (L. Saxon, J. Foss)
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: (E. Sager, R. Pickard)
3. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
The Dean confirmed that, once again, a successful convocation was held in November..
4. DEAN'S REMARKS
The Dean announced that there will be a continued expansion of graduate spots. UVic will receive funding for 126 new places each year for the next three years.
The Dean met with Jamie Cassels and Katy Mateer to discuss budget, enrolment and review the strategic plan that the Faculty of Humanities submitted in May. The outcome of this meeting was to confirm that our faculty will continue to grow and receive resources as it continues in its path of providing students with a broad exposure to a liberal arts education. However, we should not expect new funding for hiring new faculty members unless we are willing (and able) to increase our student enrolment targets (in the range of 40-60 each year).
5. ASSOCIATE DEAN'S REMARKS
The Dean read from a prepared statement in Dr.Carlin’s absence.
1. The University is developing an Institutional Repository, UVicDSpace. One of its functions will be to “support the concept of Open Access for scholarly publishing by facilitating author archiving of preprints and/or postprints.” Faculty and students will be able to post publications on a voluntary basis, provided they own the copyright. This will be something to keep an eye on.
2. The Vice-President Research is developing guidelines for requests to VPR for funds for special projects such as conferences. The guidelines are intended to set priorities for such funding, and to assign fixed amounts to certain types of activities, rather than relying on the VPR to react to each request on an ad-hoc basis. (Probably a good thing.)
3. The Scottish Studies Faculty Fellow for 2008-2010 is Patrick Rysiew of the Department of Philosophy.
4. Reminder: the presentation by John Esling, recipient of the 2007 Faculty of Humanities Award for Research Excellence, will take place Thursday, November 29 at 4:30 in the Senate Chamber, to be followed by a hosted reception in the Maltwood Gallery. The title of John’s talk is “Baby Sounds: the Phonetic Building Blocks of Speech.”
6. CORRESPONDENCE - nil
7. 2008-09 COURSE CALENDAR REVISIONS (T. Haskett, Chair, Faculty of Humanities Curriculum Committee)
Dr. Haskett thanked members on the Faculty of Humanities Curriculum Committee for their continued work on the curriculum changes, particularly Michael Nowlin who served as secretary. He announced that their may be four vacancies on this committee next year.
Dr. Haskett drew particular attention to two areas of this docket. First, he asked that note be taken of some of the major program changes that took place in the English, French, Linguistics and Philosophy departments; and second, he remarked that Policy 2100 (on the curriculum submission process) has been reworked and will be ready to be presented at the December Senate meeting. Dr. Haskett also reported that, in the future, he will keep a record of how many courses are new and how many are deleted so that he can report those numbers to the Faculty as well.
Members enthusiastically applauded Dr. Haskett and those who served on the committee.
PRO FORMA MOTION: (C. Caws, G. Fulton) “THAT the Faculty approves the docket of curriculum changes as circulated, subject to editorial changes, and that the major changes be forwarded to Senate and the minor changes to the Administrative Registrar for inclusion in next year’s Calendar.” CARRIED
8. DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH: MA ENGLISH CONCENTRATION IN LITERATURES OF THE WEST COAST
The program proposal is available at: http://web.uvic.ca/humanities/faculty/documents/literaturesofthewestcoast.doc
MOTION: (M. Dean, E. Vibert) “THAT the Faculty of Humanities approve the MA in English with a Concentration in Literatures of the West Coast and forward the program proposal to Senate for its approval.” CARRIED
9. OTHER BUSINESS – nil
There being no further business it was moved by A. MacKenzie and seconded by S. Devereaux that the meeting be adjourned at 3:19 p.m.
Dean Andrew Rippin, Chair