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Updated as of July 1, 2021

For committee meeting dates and materials, please contact Ana Juhik, Associate University Secretary, Senate. 

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) 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;
  • Considering the financial implications of maintaining all academic programs; 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, its 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


  • Academic dean or university librarian (chosen by the deans/librarians):
    • Sofie Lachapelle 
    • Kenneth Werbin
    • Douglas Deutschman
  • Graduate student (chosen by the Graduate Students' Association): A.M. Beals
  • Undergraduate student (chosen by undergraduate students): Nasik Amanullah
  • Faculty Martin Luther University College senator (elected by the Martin Luther University College [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)
    • Bruce Gillespie (Liberal Arts)
    • Azim Essaji (Lazaridis School)
    • Pam Bryden (Science/Senator)
    • Markus Poetzsch (Arts/ Senator)
    • Kari Brozowski (Human and Social Sciences) 
    • Nancy Freymond (Faculty of Social Work)

Committee on Teaching and Learning

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


  • Vice-Provost: Teaching and Learning: Mary Wilson
  • Academic Dean or University Librarian: Cynthia Johnson Turner
  • Dean of Students: Kate McCrae Bristol
  • Six faculty members (two must be Senators; no more than one from each Faculty):
    • Bonnie Glencross
    • Jennifer Holm
    • Ken Jackson
    • Margaret Walton-Roberts
    • Jill Tracey
    • Gus Hill
  • Academic librarian: Helene LeBlanc
  • Undergraduate student:
    • Christy Francis
    • Brandon Vale
  • Graduate student: Amanada Williams 

Executive & Finance Committee

It shall be the duty of the Executive and Finance 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.

The Executive and Finance Committee also considers the financial position of the University. 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. The recommendations of Senate on that budget are forwarded to the Board of Governors, the body with ultimate fiduciary responsibility for the University.

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


  • President: Deb MacLatchy
  • Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Anthony Vannelli
  • Vice-President: Finance and Administration: Lloyd Noronha
  • Vice-President: Research: Jonathan Newman
  • Acting Principal-Dean Martin Luther University College: Kristine Lund
  • Academic dean or university librarian:
    • Michael Woodford
    • Bruce McKay
    • Michael Kelly 
  • Undergraduate student senator: Andrew Dang
  • Graduate student senator: Julia Empey
  • Alumni senator: Axel Noriega
  • Academic Librarian Senator: Helene LeBlanc
  • Faculty senator (Arts): Loren King
  • Faculty senator (Education): Kristina Montero
  • Faculty senator (Human and Social Sciences): James Popham
  • Faculty senator (Liberal Arts): Robert Ame
  • Faculty senator (Music): Gerard Yun
  • Faculty senator (Lazaridis School): Logan McLeod 
  • Faculty senator (Science): Vladimir Kitaev
  • Faculty senator (Social Work): Michael Woodford
  • Faculty senators (one shall be the secretary of senate):
    • Dan Antonowicz
    • John Schwieter
    • Gavin Brockett
    • TBD
  • Administrative Staff Senator: Hillary Beaudry

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee shall have the responsibility of preparing a list of nominees to Senate committees for the annual meeting or as required. The Governance 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.

The Governance 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


  • Academic dean or university librarian:
    • Douglas Deutschman
  • Faculty Senator: 
    • Ling Chu 
    • Josephine McMurrary
    • Scott Ramsay
    • Penelope Ironstone 
    • TBD
  • Undergraduate Student Senator: Josh Smith
  • Alumni Senator: Caitlin Smith
  • Administrative Staff Senator: Hillary Beaudry

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


  • President: Deb MacLatchy
  • Chancellor: Eileen Mercier
  • Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Anthony Vannelli
  • Martin Luther University College (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) senator: Ara Parker
  • Alumni senator: Sarah Cameron
  • Five Faculty members (at least two senators; at least one faculty member from each of the Brantford and Waterloo campuses):
    • Dan Antonowicz
    • Christina Han (Brantford)
    • Mark Reesor
    • Fang Wang
    • Ali Zaidi
  • Student senator: Karl Zhu
  • Administrative staff: Deborah Russell 

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


  • Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Anthony Vannelli
  • Vice-President: Research (alternate: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies): Jonathan Newman, Douglas Deutschman
  • Vice-Provost: Teaching and Learning (alternate: additional dean): Mary Wilson
  • Dean of the member's faculty:
    • Maria Cantalini-Williams (Education) 
    • Anthony Clarke (Science)
    • Cynthia Johnson Turner (Music)
    • Micheal Kelly (Lazaridis School) 
    • Sofie Lachapelle (Arts)
    • Bruce McKay (Human and Social Sciences)
    • Kenneth Werbin (Liberal Arts)
    • Kathy Hogarth (Social Work)
  • Designates (five tenured faculty; no more than one from any faculty; elected by UFC for two-year terms):
    • Christina Stoica (Science)
    • Byron Williston (Arts)
    • Sapna Isotupa (Lazaridis School)
    • Stacey Hannem (HSS) 
    • Kimberly Barber (Music)
  • Alternates (five tenured faculty; no more than one from any faculty; elected by UFC for two-year terms):
    • Maria Gallego (Lazaridis School)
    • Debora Van Nijnatten (Arts)
    • Kathie Cameron (Science)
    • Kirsten Yri (Music) 
    • Abby Goodrum (Liberal Arts)
  • Employment equity representative (one-year term):
    • Angele Foley
    • Susan Neylan
    • Glenda Wall

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: Deborah Arnal


  • Vice-President: Research: Jonathan Newman
  • Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: Douglas Deutschman
  • University Librarian: Gohar Ashoughian
  • Graduate students:
    • Alishau Diebold
    • Vanessa Karim
  •  Eight faculty members (two must be senators; no more than one from each Faculty):
    • Robert Ame (Liberal Arts, Senator)
    • Josephine McMurray (Brantford, Faculty Senator)
    • Bill Morrison (LSBE)
    • Steve Sider (Education) 
    • Lee Willingham (Music)
    • Michael Cinelli (Science)
    • TBD
    • TBD

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


  • Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Anthony Vannelli
  • Dean of Students, Brantford (non-voting): Adam Lawrence
  • Dean of Students, Waterloo (non-voting): Kate McCrae Bristol
  • Three students (two undergraduate student senators; one graduate student):
    • Daniel Brisebois (Graduate)
    • Josh Smith (Undergraduate)
    • Brandon Vale (Undergraduate)
  • Other senator: Mark Reesor 
  • Faculty (Arts, designate): Eva Planch
  • Faculty (Arts, alternate): Glenda Wall
  • Faculty (Brantford, designate): Danielle Law
  • Faculty (Brantford, alternate): James Popham
  • Faculty (Education, designate): Jennifer Holm
  • Faculty (Education, alternate): Carolyn Fitzgerald
  • Faculty (Music, designate): Gerard Yun
  • Faculty (Music, alternate): Kathie Schlaikjer
  • Faculty (Lazaridis School, designate): Michael Brolley
  • Faculty (Lazaridis School, alternate): Azim Essaji
  • Faculty (Science, designate): Scott Ramsay
  • Faculty (Science, alternate): Paul Mallet
  • Faculty (Social Work, designate): Anh Ngo
  • Faculty (Social Work, alternate): Magnus Mfoafo M'Carthy

Other Senate-Elected Positions

Vice-Chair of Senate

  • Elected Senator: TBD

Secretary of Senate

  • Faculty or academic librarian senator: John Schwieter

Members on the Board of Governors

Three faculty senators:

  • Pam Bryden
  • Patricia McLaren 
  • TBD

Secondary School Representative Appointed by Senate

Representatives of the Ontario Secondary School System:

  • TBD
  • TBD

Council of Ontario Universities Academic Colleague

Faculty senator or incumbent:

  • Scott Ensign(designate)
  • Loren King (alternate)

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