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									                           FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
                            FACULTY OF EDUCATION
                          January 25, 2008 – 12:00 pm – Room 129


ATTENDANCE

As recorded on the Faculty Sign In Sheet.


1)       WELCOME & APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

Interim Dean Jamshid Beheshti welcomed Dr. Anthony Masi, Provost and Dr. Paul Yachnin,
Chair of the English Department to the first Faculty Council meeting of 2008. He also
welcomed the following new members to the Faculty:

     -   Dr. Ted Milner, Chair, Kinesiology & Physical Education
     -   Ms. Katie Whitehead, Development, Alumni & University Relations Officer
     -   Mr. Luc Levasseur, ICS Team Lead

Other announcements will be added under “Other Business” so Dr. Masi can make his
presentation early.

2)       APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Interim Dean Beheshti asked for approval of the Agenda and the Minutes of November 21, 2007.
Helen Amoriggi moved the motion to approve the Agenda; this was seconded by Anthony Paré.

MOTION CARRIED

3)       PRESENTATION – DR. ANTHONY MASI, PROVOST

Dr. Masi thanked the Faculty for the opportunity to address them. During the year Dr. Masi
visits different Faculties to discuss issues related to the way in which the University is
developing, the University strategic plan and the position of the Faculty within those plans.
Measurable objectives which are flexible and adaptive are being set. In setting these objectives
the University takes into consideration its commitment to students, while also being research
centered. He indicated that although revenues are up, expenditures have increased at a much
faster rate. The Deans are being asked, through the Compact, to present the issues related to how
their goals can be met with the resources allocated. Dr. Masi, using a slide presentation,
reviewed the general principles underlying McGill’s strategic planning activities.

A question and answer period followed.

5)       STUDENTS’ REPORTS

Chantal Castonguay, EDUS Representative, announced the following:
   - furniture for the student lounge has been purchased and EDUS would like to display the
       work of students from the Art class. Ms. Castonguay thanked Patricia Jackson for her
       help;

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     -   the Faculty of Education Career Fair will take place on February 4th and students should
         be encouraged to attend. Ms. Castonguay thanked Antonella Nizzola, Career Advisor,
         for her assistance; and
     -   SSMU has a new bookstore called Haven. Ms. Castonguay would like to encourage
         professors to order their books through the bookstore since profits go to the
         undergraduate students.

Dana Salter, EGSS representative, announced the following:

-        the 7th annual EGSS conference “Making Education Count” will be taking place on
         March 14th and March 15th. The kick-off event will take place on March 13th with
         the launch of the Paulo & Nina Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy.
         The keynote speaker will be Fred Penner, 1991 recipient of the Order of Canada. Over
         100 proposal submissions have been received. Registration information will be
         distributed shortly; and
-        the deadline for the EGSS travel award is February 15th for students presenting at
         conferences from March 1st – June 30th.

4)       DR. PAUL YACHNIN, CHAIR, ENGLISH DEPARTMENT & WORKING
         GROUP (INTERDISCIPLINARY INITIATIVES)

Interim Dean Beheshti introduced Dr. Paul Yachnin, Chair, English Department and Chair,
Working Group (Interdisciplinary Initiatives). The Provost has asked Dr. Yachnin to lead a
working group. The idea for the Group was generated from the White Paper. The working
group consists of six faculties:
    - Arts
    - Education
    - Law
    - Management
    - Religious Studies
    - Music

Anthony Paré is the Faculty of Education’s representative on the working group. The Working
Group will propose the creation of the McGill Institute for Studies in the Public Life of Arts and
Ideas. A structure will be put into place that will facilitate and cultivate interdisciplinary and
interfaculty research and teaching. The Institute will post and facilitate research and teaching.
The aim is to attract the interest and participation of a significant percentage of people in each of
the faculties. The proposal will be shaped over the next four months and the target date for
submission is June 1, 2008.

6)       DISCUSSION – DEAN OF EDUCATION

France Bouthillier stated that she, Kevin McDonough, Gordon Bloom, Alenoush Saroyan, along
with student members and members from other Faculties are on the Search Committee for the
Dean of Education (http://www.mcgill.ca/secretariat/advisory/). The Search Committee is drafting
the qualities and competencies required in the next Dean of the Faculty. Suggestions and
recommendations of potential candidates are welcome. The consultant handling the recruitment
dossier is Gerri Woodford from Janet Wright and Associates Inc. In Canada there are currently
seven searches for Deans of Education.


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7)        DISCUSSION – FACULTY COUNCIL

Anthony Paré drew attention to the lack of attendance at Faculty Council meetings. He stated that
Faculty Council should be a forum for discussion of important issues. Prof. Paré does not feel that
the current structure is very effective. A few years ago, Faculty Council used to take place in room
233 with elected members from the departments, members at large, student representatives,
support staff, Associate Deans and Chairs. Prof. Paré consulted Bill Foster, Associate Provost
(Policies & Procedures), about the legality of returning to that form. Prof. Foster responded that
legally the change would be allowed. Prof. Paré suggested that an open discussion take place at
the next Faculty Council meeting regarding what format should be followed to provide a forum for
discussions of key issues that affect the Faculty. Prof. Lynn Butler-Kisber stated that there was
also dissatisfaction with the old form of Faculty Council.

The consensus was that the purpose and format of the present forum needs to be re-visited.

8)        OTHER BUSINESS

There was no other business.




Prepared by S. Reichman & A. Farray




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