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Senate Minutes

May 7 , 2003
Holy Cross Conference Room
2:00 p.m.

Present: G. Baier, L. Batt, J. Coates, B. Craig (Phil. Rep), I. Fraser, P. Lee, P. MacDonald, J. McFarland, M. McGowan, D. O’Brien (Chair), T. Parkhill, R. Myers, M. Reimer

Regrets: R. Bittermann, R. Clews, J. Gilbet-Walsh, P.Hawkins, P. Malcolmson,
C. McCormick, E. McKim, P. Pheeney, J. Rahn, N. Seely, D. van den Hoonaard, R. Williams

Absent: K. Ampong, R. Chrisjohn, S. Doiron, J. Gaudet, D. Gupta, M.-E. Jardine,
P. Ouellette, S. Reid-MacNevin

Dr. O’Brien called the special meeting to order.

1. Approval of May 12 , 2003 Graduates

Notice of the website posting of the names of the candidates for graduation had been circulated.

Motion: That Senate approve the degrees in course, certificates, and honourary degrees as presented, and that the Registrar be empowered to add to the list the names of any latecomers whose credentials prove to be valid.

BAA 18
BSW 25
BA 15
Certificates of Honours Standing 4
Certificates 26

Total: 388

Batt:Craig. CARRIED.
2. External Review of the Religious Studies Department

Dr. Baier circulated the SRCC motions for Senate dealing with the recommendations from the external reviewers.

Motions 1-11: Myers:Parkhill


Motion 1: The Administration and the Department meet to address the question of faculty stability or perceived instability, with an eye to discerning possible causes and solutions.


Motion 2: The Department, perhaps with the help of an outsider, investigate and address the health of the department and its future direction.


Motion 3: The Department, the Catholic Studies Advisory Committee and the University
Administration meet to discuss issues of roles, overlap and co-operation between the Programme and the Department.


Motion 4: The Vice-President (Academic) meet with the Department concerning governance within the Department, the roles of the Chair and the other members of the Department in governance, the succession to and appointment of the Chair, and any related matters.


Motion 5: The Department address research by members of the Department as an issue of serious concern, with a view to giving greater priority to research and publication and identifying impediments to research.


Motion 6: The Department formulate procedures for regular, ongoing, development and evaluation.


Motion 7: The Department consider the reviewers’ specific suggestions when renewing its curriculum.


Motion 8: Department faculty who are not taking full advantage of the orientation sessions that the Library offers include such a session when planning their courses.


Motion 9: The Department pay close attention to library acquisitions and involve all full-time faculty in the acquisitions process.


Motion 10: The Department, or at least those members who use web pages as a teaching tool, meet with students in open discussion of the pros and cons of this approach to teaching and learning.



Motion 11: The current library allocation for religious studies not be reduced.

(Abstentions: G. Baier, R. Myers)

3. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.

May 14, 2003
L. Batt, Secretary

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