Regrets were received from: Greg Blue, Chris Douglas, Nick Galichenko, Ingrid Holmberg, Li-Shih Huang, Stephen Ross, Dan Russek, Leslie Saxon, Ray Siemens, Su Urbanczyk, Christine Welsh,
1. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
MOTION: (E. Kluge, I. Higgins)
"That the agenda for the meeting of the Faculty of Humanities be approved." CARRIED.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: (E. Chapco, L. Howard)
"That the minutes of the meeting of the Faculty of Humanities held on 14 September 2007 be approved." CARRIED.
3. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
The Dean welcomed new members: Geoffrey Kron, Greek & Roman Studies, E. Fromet de Rosnay, French, and Erik Kwakkel, History.
The Dean clarified enrolment targets for the future after meeting with Vice President Academic, Jamie Cassels. Prof. Cassels views Humanities’ enrolment as positive in the overall context of UVic trends. As far as recruitment and retention go, we will see ever-more attention being paid to this on the Faculty and University levels UVic in the future; it is therefore important that we continue to plan to increase the number of undergraduate and graduate enrolments.
4. DEAN'S REMARKS - nil
5. ASSOCIATE DEAN'S REMARKS
Dr. Carlin announced that Dr. Allan Mitchell, Department of English, is the recipient of the 2008-09 Humanities Faculty Fellowship. Dr. Sikata Banerjee is this year’s recipient and will give a talk this coming January.
6. CORRESPONDENCE - nil
7. MATTERS INVOLVING CONVOCATION – Ms. Sue Butler, Dr. T. Haskett
PRO FORMA MOTION: (E. Kluge, J. Foss) “THAT the Faculty of Humanities recommend to the Senate that the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and the diploma in Applied Linguistics and Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization be granted to the candidates 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
The Dean announced that 105 students will convocate this term, Honours 6, BA 81, BSC 3, 15 Certificates/Diplomas. 31 of the degree are being awarded with Distinction.
Dr. John Esling put out a call for convocation marshalls and a mace carrier.
8. OPEN DEBATE TOPIC: Interdisciplinary
What institutional barriers are there to pursuing interdisciplinary (or multidisciplinary or simply innovative) scholarship and teaching at UVic? What solutions might be proposed that would facilitate those activities which we wish to undertake and/or we believe our students would benefit from?
A wide-ranging debate ensued with many comments addressing issues of cross-listing courses and the problems that arise when counting EETs; the impact of being motivated by EETs and funding; finding faculty who are willing to teach or design special courses; departmental concerns about losing instructor to other programs; challenges of team teaching; how to view interdisciplinary teaching as a positive thing; adjusting timetabling; entertaining broader definitions of teaching, the links to research and the community, and workload as a whole.
There being no further business it was moved by Y. Hsieh and seconded by R. Pickard that the meeting be adjourned at 3:57 p.m.
Dean Andrew Rippin, Chair