Arts and Science Executive Meeting
Friday, September 17, 2010
2:00 p.m., F303
Present: A.B. Graff, D. Tabachnick, D. Flynn, D. Geden, G. Brown, I. Mueller, K. Srigley, M. Tuncali, N.
Colborne, S. Renshaw, S. O’Hagan, T. Dokis, W. Borody, B. Bergquist, C. Cooper
L. Contant (Recording Secretary)
Regrets: D. Hackett
1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion 1: (Moved by G. Brown, seconded by I. Mueller)
That the Minutes of the meeting held on May 6, 2010 be approved as circulated.
2. BUSINESS ARISING
There was a discussion regarding scheduling of courses in 1 ½ hour staggered blocks as opposed to the
previous 3 hour blocks. The Executive had launched an objection last February to the VPAR in regards to
his decision of implementing this change without any consultation with the Executive or faculty. It was
requested that they see what data was used for this decision and how this change benefits the students. In
some courses faculty find that the 1 ½ hour time slot is not sufficient as they just get started on a topic and
have to stop. In courses that show films the 1 ½ hour time slot is not enough time to show the film and have
any discussion regarding it. Some students have complained about the staggered times due to work
commitments and Chairs are finding it difficult to get their faculty together for departmental meetings. It was
suggested that the Office of Institutional Planning do a survey of students’ preference and contact other
universities to see what they do and to provide a report to the Executive. Craig will contact Derek Serafini
and see if there is any benefit to scheduling classes in 1 ½ hour slots.
3. DEAN’S REPORT
Craig gave an update on some of the meetings he had attended over the summer. In April he had attended the
Council of Deans of Arts & Science; in June he attended the Council of Deans of Science and also a Senior
He also reviewed his mandate as Dean:
- Building Science
- Creating a distinct reputation for Arts & Science
- Building research capacity.
Membership on ARCC is as follows:
1. the Associate Dean of the Faculty, who shall be Chair;
2. four faculty members (Chairs or their designates) representing each of Science, Humanities, Social
Sciences plus one member at large;
3. three student representatives representing each of the three main cognate areas;
4. one representative from Academic Services;
5. the Registrar or designate.
Bob asked for volunteers/nominations for representatives from the four areas:
Ann Barbara Graff and David Tabachnick volunteered and Dave Hackett and Nathan Kosuskanich were
nominated. Bob will contact them to see if they would be willing to sit on the committee.
A&S Exec. Minutes
September 17, 2010
5. FROSH WEEK – FEEDBACK
Craig will be meeting next week to review and give feedback and suggestions regarding Frosh Week. The
following are some of the suggestions/feedback from the Executive:
faculty and upper year students could meet with all the students in the theatre – each Chair/faculty
could be given 5 minutes to talk about their areas and then they could break out into classrooms to
provide more information to the students;
include the Math camp and other elements during Frosh Week;
change the faculty breakfast venue and menu at the Wall.
Craig asked that any further suggestions/feedback be sent to him via email.
Bob distributed enrolment data sheets. It was noted that enrolments in some of the service courses such as
COSC 1901, ENGL 1501, have declined – there will be discussion later about whether some of these courses
can be revamped or even eliminated.
7. WRITING THROUGH THE DISCIPLINES
The Teaching and Learning Committee submitted their recommendations to Senate last year. Next step will
be to establish criteria, Craig would like to discuss possible criteria with the Executive to take to the
Teaching & Learning committee.
8. ACADEMIC PLANNING
Craig would like to start discussing/planning now in regards to faculty resources and budget. He suggested
having a Retreat in the near future to develop an Arts & Science Academic Plan that fits in with the
University Strategic Plan.
Craig asked for volunteers to sit on a sub-committee to work on details to move towards 4 year degrees – to
develop how we could structure the requirements for degrees; 4 year streams, honours, double majors, etc.
using Queen’s & Western as models. Greg Brown, Sal Renshaw and Murat Tuncali volunteered to sit on the
10. OTHER BUSINESS
Dennis Geden asked that his concern be noted about cutting hours on the part-time contracts from 4 to 3
contact hours especially in the film courses without any prior consultation with Department Chairs.
The meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m..
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010 AT 2:00 P.M. IN F303.