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Updated as of June 25, 2018.

Academic Planning Committee

The Senate Academic Planning Committee (SAPC) makes recommendations to Senate on all matters related to the overall direction of academic programs at Laurier. This includes:

  • Adapting and modifying the overall university plan as required;
  • Responding to specific requests (from the Board of Governors or from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development) to articulate a Laurier niche or position relative to a current situation or need;
  • Responding to requests from faculties and units to initiate new programs, modify current programs, or cancel them; and
  • Dealing with questions of policy that govern scholarships, bursaries and awards.

As part of this broad mandate, SAPC oversees the program review and approval process run by the university under the Ontario Universities’ Council on Quality Assurance, managed by the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents. In general, SAPC's role is to offer to Senate a considered conceptualization of where the university is, in what direction it should be heading, and what needs to be undertaken to accomplish this.

  • Chair: Provost and Vice-President: Academic
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat

Membership

  • Academic dean or university librarian (chosen by the deans/librarians):
    • TBD
    • TBD
    • TBD
  • Graduate student (chosen by the Graduate Students' Association): Emma Parsons
  • Undergraduate student (chosen by undergraduate students): Philippe Blasi
  • Faculty seminary senator (elected by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary): Daniel Maoz
  • Eight faculty members (elected by UFC; two must be senators; one from each of the faculties):
    • Jessica Kun (Music)
    • Steve Sider (Education/Senator)
    • Robert Kristofferson (Liberal Arts)
    • Sofy Carayannopoulos (Lazaridis School)
    • Xu (Sunny) Wang (Science/Senator)
    • Katherine Rossiter (Human and Social Sciences)
    • Jennifer Root (Social Work)
    • TBD

By-laws and Regulations Committee

The By-laws and Regulations Committee shall consider and make recommendations to Senate for the proper functioning of the Senate. (See Terms of Reference 1.4)

  • Chair: TBD
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat

Membership

  • Six senators:
    • Scott Gallimore
    • Robin Slawson
    • Vladimir Kitaev
    • Mary Kelly
    • Abderrahman Beggar
    • Wendy Wu
  • Student senator: Keegan Pinto

Executive Committee

It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to care for any matters committed to it by Senate, to function in place of the Senate between meetings of the Senate, to consider matters pertinent to Senate, including policies and protocol relating to university convocations and functions, and to report to Senate.

  • Chair: President, Chair of Senate
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat

Membership

  • Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Robert Gordon
  • Head of the Seminary: Mark Harris
  • Academic dean or university librarian:
    • TBD
    • TBD
    • TBD
  • Undergraduate student senator: Kyle Fritz
  • Graduate student senator: Emily Carson
  • Alumni senator: TBD
  • Faculty senator (Arts): Mary-Louise Byrne
  • Faculty senator (Education): Kristiina Montero
  • Faculty senator (Human and Social Sciences): Kenneth Dowler
  • Faculty senator (Liberal Arts): Abby Goodrum
  • Faculty senator (Music): Heidi Ahonen
  • Faculty senator (Lazaridis School): Scott Ensign
  • Faculty senator (Science): TBD
  • Faculty senator (Social Work): Robert Basso
  • Faculty senators (one shall be the secretary of senate):
    • John Schwieter
    • TBD
    • Ken Jackson
  • Administrative staff senator: Stefanie MacKinnon

Finance Committee

The Senate Finance Committee considers the financial position of the university and its fiscal responsibility for maintaining all academic programs. It makes recommendations to Senate on budget planning as well as on the details of the annual university operating budget as prepared for presentation to Senate and the Board of Governors. The recommendations of Senate on that budget are forwarded to the Board of Governors, the body with ultimate fiduciary responsibility for the university.

  • Chair: TBD
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat

Membership

  • President: Deb MacLatchy
  • Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Robert Gordon
  • Vice-President: Finance and Administration: Deborah Dubenofsky
  • Vice-President: Research: TBD
  • Academic dean or university librarian: TBD
  • Eight faculty members (two must be senators; no more than one from each of the faculties):
    • Mary-Louise Byrne (Arts/Senator)
    • Kristiina Montero (Education/ Senator)
    • Katie Schlaikjer (Music)
    • Rebecca Godderis (Human and Social Sciences)
    • Abby Goodrum (Liberal Arts/ Senator)
    • TBD (Lazaridis School/Senator)
    • TBD (Science)
    • TBD (Social Work/Senator)
  • Academic librarian: Michael Steeleworthy
  • Administrative staff: Rosemary Springett
  • Two students:
    • Shukan Shah (undergraduate)
    • Rafih Ahmad (graduate)

Honorary Degree Committee

Subject to the approval of Senate, the Honorary Degree Committee shall make policies regarding honorary degrees, shall invite nominations for honorary degrees, shall receive nominations respecting honorary degrees and make recommendation thereon to the Executive Committee of Senate.

  • Chair: President, Chair of Senate
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat

Membership

  • President: Deb MacLatchy
  • Chancellor: Eileen Mercier
  • Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Robert Gordon
  • Waterloo Lutheran Seminary senator: Daniel Maoz
  • Alumni senator: TBD
  • Five Faculty members (at least two senators; at least one faculty member from each of the Brantford and Waterloo campuses):
    • Loren King
    • Marek Warta
    • Kari Brozowski
    •  Dana Sawchuk
    • TBD
  • Student senator: Shukan Shah
  • Administrative staff: TBD

Teaching and Learning Committee

The broad mandate of the Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning is to support and advance teaching and learning at the University. The committee shall send recommendations to Senate regarding university policies associated with teaching and learning, including institution-wide classroom and virtual teaching spaces, learning technologies, student accessibility, and student retention/success initiatives. The committee shall also adjudicate selected instructional development grant programs, referee the teaching and instructional assistant awards of excellence, and liaise with other university committees related to teaching and the student experience.

  • Chair: Associate Vice-President: Teaching and Learning
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat

Membership

  • Associate Vice-President: Teaching and Learning: Kathryn Carter
  • Academic Dean or University Librarian: TBD
  • Dean of Students: TBD
  • Six faculty members (two must be Senators; no more than one from each Faculty):
    • Karljurgen Feuerherm
    • Jennifer Holm
    • Ken Jackson
    • Leslie Fagan
    • Stephen MacNeil
    • Michelle Skop
  • Academic librarian: Yanli Li
  • Undergraduate student:
    • Kyle Fritz
    • Keegan Pinto
  • Graduate student: Preet Chauhan

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall have the responsibility of preparing a list of nominees to Senate committees for the annual meeting or as required. The Nominating Committee may select nominees from outside the Senate except where otherwise stipulated. The establishment of a list of nominees does not preclude nomination from the floor.

  • Chair: TBD
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat

Membership

  • Four faculty members (at least two senators; at least one member from each of the Brantford and Waterloo campuses):
    • Ling Chu
    • Robin Slawson
    • Kari Brozowski
    • TBD
  • Student Senator: Karan Sarathy
  • Alumni Association member: Chris Hiebert
  • Administrative staff: Mike Whitehouse

Promotion and Tenure Committee

The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall, in accordance with the policies and procedures governing its operations, make recommendations to the president on specific applications for promotion and tenure.

  • Chair: Provost and Vice-President: Academic
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat

Membership

  • Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Robert Gordon
  • Vice-President: Research (alternate: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies): TBD, Douglas Deutschman
  • Associate Vice-President: Teaching and Learning (alternate: additional dean): Kathryn Carter
  • Dean of the member's faculty:
    • Richard Nemesvari
    • Colleen Willard-Holt
    • Lauren Eisler
    • Heidi Northwood
    • Glen Carruthers
    • Micheal Kelly
    • Pamela Bryden (Acting)
    • Dawn Buzza
  • Designates (five tenured faculty; no more than one from any faculty; elected by UFC for two-year terms):
    • Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb (Human and Social Sciences)
    • Dana Weiner (Science)
    • Shelley McGill (Lazaridis School)
    • Kristiina Montero (Education)
    • Lea Caragata (Social Work)
  • Alternates (five tenured faculty; no more than one from any faculty; elected by UFC for two-year terms):
    • Robert Ame (Liberal Arts)
    • Peruvemba Sundaram (Lazaridis School)
    • Ilias Kotsireas (Science)
    • David Monod (Arts)
    • Chris Alksnis (Human and Social Sciences)
  • Employment equity representative (one-year term):
    • Susan Neylan
    • Angele Hamel
    • Laura MacDonald
    • Anne Wilson

Research and Publication Committee

The Research and Publications Committee shall review and examine policies on research as they affect the academic life of the university, and, where appropriate, make recommendations to Senate. Its mandate shall include receiving annual reports from the Animal Care Committee and the Research Ethics Board, and annually approving the distribution of funds within the university's internal research grants program. It shall also advise the vice-president: Research on matters that pertain to research and its effective promotion and dissemination, and shall consult with the director of the WLU Press on issues concerning scholarly publications.

  • Chair: TBD
  • Administrative Support: Office of Research Services

Membership

  • Vice-President: Research: TBD
  • Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: Douglas Deutschman
  • University Librarian: Gohar Ashoughian
  • Graduate students:
    • Rosemary Kimani-Dupuis
    • Garrison Mccleary
  •  Eight faculty members (two must be senators; no more than one from each Faculty):
    • Ian Roderick
    • Bree Akesson
    • Julie Mueller
    • Heidi Ahonen
    • TBD 
    • Roman Makarov
    • Michael Woodford
    • Diano Marrone

Student Appeals Committee

The Student Appeals Committee shall hear and determine appeals from the decisions of the divisional faculty councils on applications and examinations by students and appeals relating to scholarships, bursaries and awards, and subject to the approval of Senate, shall establish rules and procedures for the hearing and determination of such appeals. The Vice-President: Academic shall be chair of the committee.

  • Chair: Provost and Vice-President: Academic
  • Administrative Support: Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic

Membership

  • Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Robert Gordon
  • Dean of Students, Brantford (non-voting): Adam Lawrence
  • Dean of Students, Waterloo (non-voting): Leanne Holland-Brown
  • Three students (two undergraduate student senators; one graduate student):
    • Muhammad Hussain (Undergraduate)
    • Christopher Donnelly (Undergraduate)
    • Emma Parsons (Graduate)
  • Other senator: Scott Gallimore
  • Faculty (Arts, designate): Dana Weiner
  • Faculty (Arts, alternate): John Schwieter
  • Faculty (Brantford, designate): Kari Brozowski
  • Faculty (Brantford, alternate): TBD
  • Faculty (Education, designate): Steve Sider
  • Faculty (Education, alternate): Jennifer Holm
  • Faculty (Music, designate): TBD
  • Faculty (Music, alternate): Carolyn Arnason
  • Faculty (Lazaridis School, designate): TBD
  • Faculty (Lazaridis School, alternate): Ken Jakson
  • Faculty (Science, designate): Derek Gray
  • Faculty (Science, alternate): TBD
  • Faculty (Social Work, designate): TBD
  • Faculty (Social Work, alternate): Martha Kuwee Kumsa

Other Senate-Elected Positions

Vice-Chair of Senate

  • Elected Senator: Kathleen Cameron

Secretary of Senate

  • Faculty or academic librarian senator: John Schwieter

Members on the Board of Governors

Three faculty senators:

  • Mary-Louise Byrne
  • Karljurgen Feuerherm
  • Sara Matthews

Secondary School Representative Appointed by Senate

Representatives of the Ontario Secondary School System:

  • TBD
  • Lila Read

Council of Ontario Universities Academic Colleague

Faculty senator or incumbent:

  • Bruce McKay (designate)
  • Alistair Edgar(alternate)

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