The Senate is comprised of representatives from the full-time and part-time faculty, the administration, the staff, the students, the Board of Governors, the Anishinaabe People’s Council, and the President of Shingwauk Kinoogaame Gamig.
The Algoma University Act of 2008 outlines and establishes the role of Senate in the direction and operation of the University. The Senate is responsible for the educational policy of the University and may enact by-laws and regulations for the conduct of its affairs. For more information on the role and operation of Senate, please view the Academic Senate By-Laws (PDF).
Meet our Senate Members
Members of the Senate Executive Committee (email@example.com) include:
Dr. Laurie Bloomfield
Speaker of Senate, Science Rep
President and Vice-Chancellor
Provost and Academic Dean
Dr. Warren Johnston
Faculty Chair, Humanities
Dr. Aaron Gordon
Social Science Rep
University Registrar and Secretary
Associate Professor, Deputy Speaker of Senate
The title, Adjunct Professor, is normally granted by a university to individuals not holding a university appointment, but whose professional background and qualifications have led to their active participation in joint undertakings, usually teaching and/or research, with university faculty.
The position is intended to provide formal recognition of the special relationship between an individual outside the university (or an individual whose expertise contributes substantially to studies currently being undertaken by the university) and an academic unit within the university and shall be recognized as such under the Tri-Council Policy.
Below is a list of all our past meeting minutes.
|2019 Senate Meetings||2020 Senate Meetings|
|September 6, 2019||January 10, 2020|
|October 4, 2019||February 7, 2020|
|November 1, 2019||March 6, 2020|
|December 6, 2019||April 3, 2020|
|May 1, 2020|
|June 5, 2020|
Criteria and Guidelines for Selection of Distinguished Faculty Awards
In 2006, the Academic Standards & Teaching and Learning Committee and the Algoma University College Senate established a Distinguished Faculty Award to recognize exceptional faculty contribution. The recipient embodies the ideals of the University mission: teaching excellence and scholarship, with a demonstrated commitment to community and institutional citizenship. One award will be presented annually at June convocation to recognize exemplary contribution to educational excellence at Algoma.
Eligibility: The annual award is open to all faculty at the University, regardless of discipline or level of appointment.
Selection: The Selection Committee will evaluate evidence of: (a) excellence in teaching and scholarship over a number of years, and (b) commitment beyond the nominee’s discipline or profession; specifically, to the community and University.
The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes exceptional faculty contribution at Algoma University. The recipient embodies the ideals of the University mission: teaching excellence and scholarship with a demonstrated commitment to community and institutional citizenship. Investiture takes place at Spring Convocation, and consists of a citation.
|Year||Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient|
|2018||Professor Dave Galotta|
|2017||Dr. Michael DiSanto|
|2014||Professor Don Jackson|
|2013||Dr. Istvan Imre|
|2012||Dr. Gayle Broad|
|2010||Dr. Linda Savory Gordon|
|2009||Professor Jim Gibson|
|2008||Dr. Thomas Allaway|
|2007||Dr. Francis Guth|
|2006||Dr. William Osei|
|Year||Senate Award Recipient|
|2013||Christine Sayers, Anne Marie Jones|
|2000||Greg Sorbara, Gerald Nori|
|1998||Elsie Ann Savoie, Russell H. Ramsay|
Algoma University’s professor emeritus’ maintain their close ties to the University. As professors, they were instrumental in the shaping of the University’s academic legacy, and many today, continue their ongoing relationship with Algoma U.
For information on the appointment of professors and librarians emeriti, view our Appointment of Professors Emeriti and Librarians Emeriti policy (PDF).
- S. Sanders, BSc (Hons) (Hillsdale), MSc, PhD (Michigan)
Business Administration & Economics
- J.S. You, BA, MA (Seoul), PhD (S.U.N.Y)
Computer Science & Mathematics
- M.A. Keppel-Jones, BSc (Natal), BA (Hons) (Toronto), MSc (Queens), PhD (Cornell);
- J.J Rajnovich (Lake Superior State, MSc (McMaster), PhD (Western Ontario)
Community Economic and Social Development
- Dr. Gayle Broad, BA (Laurentian-Algoma), PhD (Bristol)
English and Film
- R.V. d’Amato, BA (Boston), MA, PhD (Dalhousie);
- J. Gibson, BA, MA (Manitoba);
- C.A. Sharman, BA, MA (British Colombia), PhD (Toronto)
Geography and Geology
- R.G. Ewing, MA (Hons), PhD (Edinburgh);
- J.K. McLarty, BA, MA, Eng (Western Ontario), PhD (Michigan State)
History & Philosophy
- J.R Abbott, BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Toronto)
- I.W. Brown, BA, MA, (McGill), PhD (Lehigh)
- F.R. Guth, BA (Hons), MA, LPh (Ottawa) PhD (Toronto)
- T. Hahn, Mus Dip. (Davis), (Manhattan College of Music), Pius X School (Pontifical) of Liturgical Music (Manhattanville College)
- J.T Ross, BA (Hons) (Carleton), MA (Toronto)
- T. A. Allaway, BA (Hons) (Swarthmore), MA, PhD (Pennsylvania), C, Psych.; J.A Dunning, BA (Grinnell), MA (Western Michigan)
- J. A. Dunning, BA (Grinnell), MA (Western Michigan)
- A.W. Hepburn, BA, MA, CP, PhD (Minnesota), C.Psych
- L. Sorensen, BA, MA, PhD (Western Ontario), C.Psych.
- H.N. Gardezi, BA (Lahore), MA (Punjab), PhD (Washington State)
- A. Rajput, MA (Punjab), MA (Indiana State), PhD (Minnesota)
- A.Rauf, MA (Punjab), MA (Western Ontario), PhD (Toronto)
- J. Clarke, BSc (Western Ontario), BA (Ottawa), MA (Queen’s), PhD (York)
- L. Savory Gordon, BA (Queen’s), MSW (McGill), PhD (Bristol)
Criteria and Guidelines for Selection of Honorary Degree Recipient
The Senate Coordinating Committee of the Algoma University Senate solicits recommendations for candidates for an honorary degree. The following guidelines apply:
- Honorary degrees should not, except in exceptional circumstances, be awarded posthumously;
- Honorary degrees should not, except in exceptional circumstances, be awarded in absentia;
- Honorary degrees should not be awarded to Algoma University personnel or active politicians;
- At the level of the Senate Coordinating Committee, unanimity among those present is required (abstentions are not counted).
While the Committee is responsible for finding the best possible candidates in a given year and for ensuring a balance across various disciplines and groups over a period of time, the following categories are emphasized:
- People who have made outstanding contributions to the life of Northern Ontario and/or the area served by Algoma University;
- People who have made outstanding contributions to intellectual advancements in disciplines offered at Algoma University;
- People who have made outstanding contributions in fields of national and/or international life.
- People who have made outstanding contributions that contribute to and reflect the special mission of Algoma University.
In the final analysis, the selection of honorary degree recipients at Algoma University should be guided by the outstanding nature and/or the originality of each candidate’s achievement.
The degree awarded should be appropriate to the recognized contribution of the recipient.
Degrees awarded in past ceremonies at Algoma University have included the following: Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Letters, Doctor of Science, Doctor of Music, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Social Work and Doctor of Fine Arts.
The norm would be one honorary degree per Convocation but that the Committee could recommend more than that in special circumstances to a maximum of two per Convocation. The report from the Senate Coordinating Committee regarding Honorary Degrees is then discussed and voted on by the members of the Algoma University Senate; the results are not herein reported on the grounds of confidentiality.
Honourary Degree Recipients
Honourary Degree recipients are chosen from people who have made outstanding contributions to the life of Sault Ste. Marie and/or the region; people who have made outstanding contributions to intellectual advancements and those who have made contributions in the fields of Canadian and/or international life. The selection of honourary degree recipients at Algoma University is guided by the outstanding nature of each candidate’s achievement. Investiture takes place at Spring Convocation, and consists of the degree (honoris causa) and the awarding of appropriate regalia.
|Year||Honourary Degree Recipient||Award|
|2017||Paul Thompson||Doctor of Letters|
|2016||Senator Murray Sinclair||Doctor of Laws|
|2015||Errol Caldwell||Doctor of Science|
|2014||Les Pyette||Doctor of Letters|
|2013||Joseph Boyden||Doctor of Letters|
|2012||Guy Traficante||Doctor of Letters|
|2011||Justice Susan E. Lang||Doctor of Laws|
|2010||Daphne Odjig||Doctor of Fine Arts|
|2008||Ronald Francis||Doctor of Letters|
|2007||Steven Jeromy Carriere||Doctor of Science|
|2006||Frederick Griffith||Doctor of Letters|
|2005||David M. Paciocco||Doctor of Laws|
|2004||Honourable James K. Bartleman||Doctor of Laws|
|2003||Frank Paci||Doctor of Letters|
|2002||Ted Nolan||Doctor of Laws|
|2001||Margaret Atwood||Doctor of Letters|
|2000||Olive Dickason||Doctor of Letters|
|1999||Nicholas Goldschmidt||Doctor of Letters|
|1998||Basil Johnston||Doctor of Letters|
|1997||Ken Danby||Doctor of Fine Arts|
|1994||Robert-Ralph Carmichael||Doctor of Letters|
|1993||David Lloyd Johnston||Doctor of Laws|
|1992||Tom Angus||Doctor of Science|
|1991||Roberta Bondar||Doctor of Science|
|1990||Morley Torgov||Doctor of Letters|
|1989||Daniel Erskine Pine||Doctor of Laws|
|1987||James E. MacDonald||Doctor of Letters|
|1985||D. G. Howell||Doctor of Science|
|1982||W. C. Winegard||Doctor of Laws|