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
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.
Certificates of Honours Standing 4
External Review of the Religious Studies Department
Dr. Baier circulated
the SRCC motions for Senate dealing with the recommendations from
the external reviewers.
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.
2: The Department, perhaps with the help of an outsider,
investigate and address the health of the department and its future
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.
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.
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.
6: The Department formulate procedures for regular, ongoing,
development and evaluation.
7: The Department consider the reviewers’ specific
suggestions when renewing its curriculum.
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.
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.
11: The current library allocation for religious studies
not be reduced.
(Abstentions: G. Baier, R. Myers)
The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
May 14, 2003
L. Batt, Secretary
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