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:

To see this year’s membership, view the 2018-19 Senate Committee Membership (PDF).

1.1 Senate executive committee

  1. The Speaker of Senate (or in the absence of the Speaker, the Alternate Speaker);
  2. The Academic Dean;
  3. The Chairs of each of the Divisions of the University;
  4. The Secretary of Senate (or in the absence of the Secretary, the Alternate Secretary); and
  5. The Vice-President, Academic & Research.

1.2 Scholarship committee

  1. The University Registrar;
  2. One faculty from each of the three divisions;
  3. VP Finance and Administration;
  4. Director of Recruitment;
  5. Director of Anishinaabe Student Success;
  6. Scholarship and Awards Officer; and
  7. Alumni and Development Officer.

1.3 Academic planning and priorities committee

  1. The Vice-President, Academic & Research;
  2. The Academic Dean;
  3. The University Registrar;
  4. The Chairs of each of the Divisions of the University; and
  5. One student.

1.4 Academic standards and teaching and learning committee

  1. One divisional representative from each of the Divisions of the University;
  2. The Vice-President, Academic & Research;
  3. The University Registrar; and
  4. One student.

1.5 Animal care committee

  1. Two members selected from faculty or part-time academic staff who have used live animals for experimentation or instruction;
  2. One other academic staff member;
  3. One community representative;
  4. One veterinarian;
  5. One student; and
  6. Lab coordinator.

1.6 Appeals committee

  1. One faculty member from each of the divisions of the University; and
  2. Two students.

The Chair (academic staff member) and secretary of the Committee will be determined by the Appeals Committee.

Alternates must be named for each of the members from each constituencies indicated above.  At the outset of each appeal case, the Chair will determine that the regular members of the Committee (including the Chair) do not have a real or perceived conflict of interest.  In the event that a conflict of interest is revealed, the Chair will replace such a member with the designated alternate for that particular case.

1.7 Curriculum committee

  1. The Academic Dean;
  2. The University Registrar;
  3. The Chairs of the Divisions of the University or their designees;
  4. The University Librarian or his/her designate (non-voting); and
  5. One or two students.

1.8 Research ethics board

The board shall consist of no fewer than 6 members, including both men and women, and shall include at least:

  1. One community representative with no formal affiliation with the university (1 to 5 ratio);
  2. Three university members from different disciplines with broad expertise in the methods or in areas of research covered by the Research Ethics Committee (research involving human participants or the use of human tissue); and
  3. One university member with broad knowledge in ethics or experience in the evaluation of ethical implications of research involving human participants.

1.9 Academic and technical support committee

  1. One divisional representative from each of the  Divisions of the University;
  2. The University Librarian;
  3. The Director of Information Technology; and
  4. One student.

1.10 Student support and services committee

  1. One divisional representative from each of the  Divisions of the University;
  2. The University Registrar;
  3. The Director of Ancillary Services; and
  4. One student.

1.11 Senate – board liaison committee

  1. Three Board members, including the Chair of the Board of Governors and two other external members of the Board;
  2. Three Senate members, including the Speaker of Senate and two other fulltime academic staff  members of Senate who are not currently Senate representatives to the Board; and
  3. Meetings are to be chaired alternately by a member of the Board and a member of Senate.

1.12 Senate – academic regulations and petitions committee (ARP)

  1. The University Registrar;
  2. The Associate Registrar;
  3. The Admissions Co-ordinator or Assistant Registrar;
  4. A representative from each of the Divisions of the University; and
  5. One student.

Please note that this committee is expected to meet minimally every two weeks throughout the year; therefore, membership requires full participation. Please note this committee does not consider grade appeals.

1.13 Senate – decanal review/search committee

Senate shall recommend to the Board a candidate for appointment or reappointment as Academic Dean, normally once every three years.  Senate shall select a Decanal Review/Search Committee to assist in this task; the Committee shall be formed not less than twelve months prior to the conclusion of the serving Dean’s term of office.  The committee shall consist of:

  1. One academic staff representative from each Division;
  2. One representative from faculty at large;
  3. One staff representative;
  4. One student representative;
  5. The University Registrar; and
  6. The President (non-voting).

1. Senate executive committee

  1. To prepare the agenda for Senate meetings;
  2. To ensure that the recommendations of Senate committees are brought to Senate for action;
  3. Oversee activities of Senate Committees and ensure that they are executing their responsibilities;
  4. To advise Senate on matters which Senate refers to it;
  5. To act as a Nominating Committee for Senate committees and appointments;
  6. The Committee shall be responsible for recommending to Senate no later than at the April meeting a slate of candidates for all committees of Senate and for Speaker, Alternate Speaker, Secretary and Alternate Secretary of Senate;
  7. To consider and recommend to Senate, and to maintain a pool of approved candidates for, the awarding of honorary degrees;
  8. To plan, organize, and support the conduct of Convocations for the awarding of degrees, installation of Presidents, and such other public affairs as may properly be the business of Senate; and
  9. To facilitate the formation of the Decanal Review/Search Committee.

2. Scholarship committee

  1. To consider and recommend on policy matters relating to scholarships, bursaries, prizes and medals awarded by the University;
  2. To recommend the terms and conditions under which all scholarships, bursaries, prizes and medals are awarded, excluding awards given by academic departments;
  3. To identify and recommend areas of need for the development of new awards;
  4. To consider candidates/applicants and select/recommend individuals for awards; and
  5. To consider such other related matters as may from time to time be referred to the Committee.

3. Academic planning and priorities committee

  1. To prepare for Senate consideration at its September meeting a five-year academic plan, taking into consideration the overall Academic goals of the University, financial and enrolment statistics, programme quality, and internal and external trends. This plan will identify programmes for expansion, continuation, and contraction. The Committee will reasonably ensure that appropriate consultation occurs with all constituents of the University community;
  2. To advise the President on the construction and content of the Strategic Plan;
  3. To conduct an ongoing internal/external review of the academic programmes of the University;
  4. To advise on funding levels to support academic activities and related service functions, within the context of the overall institutional budget;
  5. To recommend new faculty hiring; and
  6. To consider and make recommendations to Senate on such matters as may be referred to it.

4. Academic standards and teaching and learning committee

  1. To consider and report to Senate on matters relating to Academic Standards and Practices;
  2. To collate and report on information on grade distributions;
  3. To recommend guidelines on class caps and sectioning levels;
  4. To provide guidelines on professional development opportunities;
  5. To organize professional development activities on campus;
  6. To address the issues that arise regarding the quality of faculty prepared custom course materials sold to students; and
  7. To review non-credit courses that may impact on the academic programming.

5. Animal care committee

  1. Follow the recommended Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) Terms of Reference and Guidelines for Animal Care Committees;
  2. Ensure that all research projects and teaching programmes which involve animals are reviewed and approved prior to their commencement, with particular emphasis on the “Ethics of Animal Experimentation”;
  3. Ensure that all animal care and experimentation is conducted within the guidelines of the CCAC Guide to the Use of Experimental Animals, and the Ontario Animals for Research Act;
  4. Ensure the adequate and humane care of animals by regular inspection of animal facilities including caging, feeding and bedding;
  5. Maintain committee files and materials in the Dean’s office;
  6. Undertake site visits of all animal care facilities and experimental laboratories under its jurisdiction from time to time, but at least once each year;
  7. Ensure that veterinary assistance is available in case of sickness;
  8. Ensure the establishment of procedures so that:
    1. Unnecessary pain is avoided;
    2. Anaesthesia and analgesia are properly and effectively used where indicated;
    3. Painful studies requiring exemption from the use of either anaesthesia or analgesia are subject to particular scrutiny, not only prior to approval but during the experiment, post-operative care commensurate with current veterinary concepts is provided, euthanasia is humanely conducted;
  9. Ensure the provision of adequate security for animals and reearch facilities;
  10. Hold meetings at least twice yearly, and more frequently as required;
  11. Establish policies which will provide for a system of animal care that will meet the needs of the institution; and
  12. Review its terms of reference as necessary.

6. Appeals committee

  1. To consider student appeals with respect to grades, including examinations, term assignments and tests, academic dishonesty, and the general conduct of the course involved as it affects grades.

7. Curriculum committee

  1. To recommend an academic programme on a term-by-term basis to Senate; indicating priorities to be considered if budgetary restraints are to be applied;
  2. To make recommendations to Senate on proposed course and programme changes;
  3. To review and encourage the inclusion of cross-cultural course content and pedagogy in the curriculum;
  4. To consider and make recommendations to Senate on such matters as may be referred to it; and
  5. To approve all proposals to develop distance education courses, and to approve delivery methods of each course prepared, in accordance with the Faculty Fulltime Collective Agreement.

8. Research ethics board

  1. To serve as the Research Ethics Board (REB) for vetting research involving human subjects, under Senate’s ‘A Research Ethics Policy for Algoma University’; and
  2. Maintain committee files in the Dean’s office.

9. Student support and services committee

  1. To review the policies, needs and services that concern students with special needs and/or disabilities and the writing laboratory, the bookstore, co-operative education, students advising, and other student services, and to make recommendations and provide advice concerning improvements where appropriate to the VP Administration, other officers of the university and to Senate; and
  2. To deal with such other matters as may be assigned from time to time by Senate.

10. Academic and technical support committee

  1. To review of policies, needs, and services that concern the library in its role in providing teaching and learning support for faculty and students and to make recommendations and provide advice concerning improvements where appropriate to the University Librarian, VP Administration, other officers of university, and to Senate; and
  2. To review of policies, needs and services  in matters that concern academic technology and infrastructure (where infrastructure includes both physical and human resources in academic support areas) and to make recommendations and provide advice concerning improvements where appropriate to the Director of Information Technology Services, VP Administration, other officers of university, and to Senate.

11. Senate-board liaison committee

  1. To foster the co-ordination of activities of the Senate and Board on issues In which their interests overlap or articulate; and
  2. To provide a channel for formal or informal advice from Board/Senate to the other.

12. Senate-academic regulations and petitions committee (ARP)

  1. The committee shall recommend candidates to Senate for the conferring of degrees, diplomas and certificates;
  2. To make exceptional admission decisions including petitions for admission (i.e., lacking admission requirements), re-admission, and substitution of credit;
  3. To make exceptional transcript decision based on honourable course withdrawals, substitution of credits, late registration, etc.;
  4. To advise on admission policies and practices of the University;
  5. To advise with respect to transferability of credits from other educational institutions; and
  6. To consider and make recommendations to Senate on such matters as may be referred to it.

13. Senate – decanal review/search committee

  1. Appointment. Senate shall recommend to the Board a candidate for appointment or reappointment as Academic Dean, normally once every three years.  Senate shall select a Decanal Review/Search Committee to assist in this task; the Committee shall be formed not less than twelve months prior to the conclusion of the serving Dean’s term of office.The individual the Committee recommends shall be identified to Senate in the Senate package prior to the regular or special meeting of Senate at which an election/vote will be held.  The curriculum vitae of the recommended individual will at that time be made available to Senators for consultation. Election will take place in closed session by secret ballot in the absence of the individual.The President shall be empowered to nominate an Acting Dean, on the recommendation of the Senate Executive Committee, if a vacancy arises during a term of office.
  2. Review tasks. The immediate task of the Committee shall be to draft a letter to the current Dean, asking whether he or she will be seeking reappointment.  The Dean will be asked to respond in writing within seven days of the date of this letter; absence of a response will be interpreted as a negative response.The next task of the Committee shall be to conduct either an exit interview or a preliminary evaluative meeting with the Dean.  In this meeting, the Committee will solicit from the Dean information about the job in general (e.g., a job description) and about specific goals and accomplishments pursued and achieved during the term of office. Outgoing Deans will be asked to provide a written report explaining in detail their perspective on the position; Deans seeking reappointment will be asked to submit a written self-evaluation in addition to such a report.If the Dean seeks reappointment, the Committee shall review past performance evaluations; solicit feedback on the Dean’s appointment from appropriate individuals and constituencies within the institution, including the President and the Divisional Chairs, and from appropriate external individuals and groups.  Submissions shall be held in confidence. The evaluation procedure should be completed no later than seven months before the conclusion of the serving Dean’s term of office. If the evaluation is positive, the Committee shall recommend to Senate reappointment for an additional three-year term.
  3. Search tasks. If the evaluation is negative, or if Senate rejects reappointment, or if the current Dean does not seek reappointment, the Committee shall solicit internal and external candidates, conditional on Board of Governors’ budget approval.  Preferably, the Committee shall establish a deadline for applications of three months before the conclusion of the serving Dean’s term of office. The Committee will evaluate all applications and interview candidates as appropriate. The interview process will include a public presentation to which all Senators shall be invited.  Senators shall be invited to ask questions to the candidate. Minimum qualifications include tenure status, with PhD and Associate Professor rank preferred.
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.

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Friday, September 7

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Friday, June 1

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Friday, January 12

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Friday, September 8

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Friday, May 5

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2018 Senate Meetings2019 Senate Meetings
Friday, September 7
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Friday, January 11
Friday, October 5Friday, February 1
Friday, November 2Friday, March 1
Friday, December 7Friday, April 5
Friday, May 3
Friday, June 7
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.

YearDistinguished Faculty Award Recipient
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
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 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.

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