Our Senate

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 (senex@algomau.ca) include:

Adjunct Professorship

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.

Adjunct Professorship Status Policy

Adjunct Professor Appointment Form

Past Minutes

Below is a list of all our past meeting minutes.

Friday, June 7

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Friday, May 3

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Friday, April 5

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Friday, March 1

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Friday, February 1

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Friday, January 11

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Friday, December 7

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Friday, November 2

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Friday, October 5

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Friday, September 7

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Friday, June 1

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Friday, May 4

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Friday, April 6

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Friday, March 2

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Friday, February 2

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Friday, January 12

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Friday, December 1

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Friday, November 3

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Friday, October 6

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Friday, September 8

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Friday, June 2

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Friday, May 5

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Friday, April 7

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Friday, March 3

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Friday, February 3

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Friday, January 13

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Friday, December 2

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Friday, November 4

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Friday, October 7

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Friday, September 9

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Friday, June 3

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Friday, May 6

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Friday, April 1

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Friday, March 4

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Friday, February 5

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Friday, January 8

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Friday, December 4

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Friday, November 6

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Friday, October 2

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Friday, September 11

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June

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May

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April

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March

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February

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January

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December

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November

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October

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September

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June

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April

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March

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February

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January

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December

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November

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October

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September

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June

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May

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April

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March

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February

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January

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December

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November

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October

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September

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June

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2019 Senate Meetings2020 Senate Meetings
September 6, 2019
Minutes
January 10, 2020
October 4, 2019
Minutes
February 7, 2020
November 1, 2019March 6, 2020
December 6, 2019April 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 Senate Executive 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.

YearDistinguished Faculty Award Recipient
2019Dr. Cheryl Reed-Elder
2018Professor Dave Galotta
2017Dr. Michael DiSanto
2014Professor Don Jackson
2013Dr. Istvan Imre
2012Dr. Gayle Broad
2010Dr. Linda Savory Gordon
2009Professor Jim Gibson
2008Dr. Thomas Allaway
2007Dr. Francis Guth
2006Dr. William Osei
YearSenate Award Recipient
2019Robert Cooper
2018Judy Syrette
2017Michael Cachagee
2015Justus Veldman
2014Donna Hilsinger
2013Christine Sayers, Anne Marie Jones
2012Brian Currran
2011Donald Mitchell
2008Errol Caldwell
2007Carolyn Harrington
2006Lou Lukenda
2005Daniel Lang
2004Gerry McGuire
2003James Greco
2002Rita Adams
2001Terry Varcoe
2000Greg Sorbara, Gerald Nori
1999Nicholas Hirt
1998Elsie 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).

 

Biology
  • 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)

 

Music
  • T. Hahn, Mus Dip. (Davis), (Manhattan College of Music), Pius X School (Pontifical) of Liturgical Music (Manhattanville College)

 

Political Science
  • J.T Ross, BA (Hons) (Carleton), MA (Toronto)

 

Psychology
  • 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.

 

Sociology
  • 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)

 

Social Work
  • L. Savory Gordon, BA (Queen’s), MSW (McGill), PhD (Bristol)
Criteria and Guidelines for Selection of Honorary Degree Recipient

The Senate Executive Committee of the Algoma University Senate solicits recommendations for candidates for an honorary degree. The following guidelines
apply:

  1. Honorary degrees should not, except in exceptional circumstances, be awarded posthumously;
  2. Honorary degrees should not, except in exceptional circumstances, be awarded in absentia;
  3. Honorary degrees should not be awarded to Algoma University personnel oractive politicians;
  4. At the level of the Senate Executive Committee, unanimity among those presentis 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:

  1. Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the life of Northern Ontario and/or the area served by Algoma University;
  2. Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to intellectual and/or creative advancements in disciplines offered at Algoma University;
  3. Individuals who have made outstanding contributions in fields of regional, national and/or international life.
  4. Individuals 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. Pursuant to the Postsecondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000, Algoma University is allowed to advertise and offer one honorary doctorate per calendar year. The Algoma University Senate has the authority to award the following degree options: 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.

Nominations for Honorary Degree will be recommended by the Senate Executive Committee to be approved by the Algoma University Senate. Deferred nominations will be placed on the nominee list when it considers future nominations. Nominees will remain eligible for reconsideration for a period of three years from the date of the nomination was first considered by the Senate Executive. If not selected for recommendation to Senate or denied with the three-year period, the name will be removed from the nominee list.

The report from the Senate Executive Committee regarding Honorary Degrees is then discussed and voted on by the members of the Algoma University Senate in camera; the results are not herein reported on the grounds of confidentiality. The successful candidate will be contacted by the Office of the President and will be allowed 45 days to confirm their availability to attend Convocation to receive the Honorary Degree. If the successful candidate cannot confirm their availability within this time period the nomination will be withdrawn, the name will be returned to the nominee list, and Senate Executive will recommend a new nominee to Senate.

On the recommendation of the Senate Executive Committee, the Senate may revoke an Honorary degree from an individual or remove an individual from the nominee list if any of the following becomes known to the Committee:

  1. The individual has been convicted of an indictable offence; or
  2. The individual has obtained the Honorary degree or been added to the nominee
    list by fraud, deception, or any other inappropriate means;
  3. The individual has been removed for misconduct by a legal authority from any
    official register or membership of the profession to which they belong.

 

Honorary Member of Algoma University

Honorary Membership may be bestowed upon persons who have contributed distinctive and distinguished service to the University or community. Investiture will take place at Convocation and will consist of a citation and the awarding of appropriate regalia [academic hood]. Normally an individual receiving the Honour would be expected to be present at Convocation, however, under exceptional circumstances, the Honour could be awarded in absentia. The Algoma University Senate will have the purview to award more than one Honorary Member of Algoma University during a calendar year.

YearHonourary Degree RecipientAward
2017Paul ThompsonDoctor of Letters
(honoris causa)
2016Senator Murray SinclairDoctor of Laws
2015Errol CaldwellDoctor of Science
2014Les PyetteDoctor of Letters
2013Joseph BoydenDoctor of Letters
2012Guy TraficanteDoctor of Letters
2011Justice Susan E. LangDoctor of Laws
2010Daphne OdjigDoctor of Fine Arts
2008Ronald FrancisDoctor of Letters
2007Steven Jeromy CarriereDoctor of Science
2006Frederick GriffithDoctor of Letters
2005David M. PacioccoDoctor of Laws
2004Honourable James K. BartlemanDoctor of Laws
2003Frank PaciDoctor of Letters
2002Ted NolanDoctor of Laws
2001Margaret AtwoodDoctor of Letters
2000Olive DickasonDoctor of Letters
1999Nicholas GoldschmidtDoctor of Letters
1998Basil JohnstonDoctor of Letters
1997Ken DanbyDoctor of Fine Arts
1994Robert-Ralph CarmichaelDoctor of Letters
1993David Lloyd JohnstonDoctor of Laws
1992Tom AngusDoctor of Science
1991Roberta BondarDoctor of Science
1990Morley TorgovDoctor of Letters
1989Daniel Erskine PineDoctor of Laws
1987James E. MacDonaldDoctor of Letters
1985D. G. HowellDoctor of Science
1982W. C. WinegardDoctor of Laws