St. Thomas University
Members present: L. Batt, R. Clews, B. Cross, S. deVink, J. Gaudet, I. Fraser, J. Gilbert-Walsh, S. Hale, A. Hewson, P. Lee, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, M. MacDonald, C. McCormick, M. McGowan, E. McKim, R. Myers, S. Narine, D. O’Brien (Chair), J. Rahn, S. Rodriguez, J. Rowcroft, A. Secord, N. Seely, M. Smith, D. van den Hoonaard
Regrets: T. Parkhill, S. Reid-MacNevin
Absent: K. Ampong, R. Chrisjohn, D. Gupta, P. Hawkins, N. Kinsella, P. Ouellette, D. Robinson
After some discussion of the timing, Dr. O’Brien called the meeting to order to deal with the recommendations concerning the external review of the Department of Psychology.
The following motions were considered:
The department discontinue (for the Fall 2005) the current model
of delivery for first-year Psychology (1013/1023); and consider new
(or old) models of delivery, reconstitute the 3 hours of lecture time
and, if possible, augment with computer-based delivery of tutorials
in addition to the 3 hours of lecture.
The department review and re-structure the curriculum divisions to
better reflect the discipline and the diversity of the department
including new faculty in Bio-Psychology, History & Theory, Clinical,
1) The department increase the number of credits at the 3000 and/or 4000 level required for the major and/or increase the number of credits required for a Psychology major.
2) That consideration be given (either in the department or faculty wide to reviewing the number of credits required for the Honours degree track.
The department reconsider their current approach for grading/evaluating
the honours thesis.
The department reconsider its current approach instituting a comprehensive
writing requirement in the methods course only and consider ways in
which to make writing assignments more possible in upper-level courses.
The Department consult and have its course content reviewed in courses
having a substantial independent learning component by a well respected
expert in the use and development of such pedagogies.
1) The administration provide for part-time or shared dedicated administrative
support (in addition to the secretary) to the Chair and for the hiring
of a full-time technician for the department.
1) The university administration seriously re-consider the manner
in which discharging of teaching schedules and responsibilities are
assigned so that the Chair (and the faculty) are given more autonomy
and choice in the teaching assignments.
The university (in concert with the union and other governance bodies)
re-structure its course enrollment restriction policy and invite Psychology
to structure its curriculum and implement a new course management
system that will allow for a more equitable and appropriate balance
in resources allocations across years 1-4 of the degree program by
offering larger classes in Years 1 and 2 and smaller classes in Year
3 and 4.
The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Larry Batt, Secretary
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