Senate met on Jan. 31, here are the highlights:

Strategic Integrated Plan Presentation

A presentation on preliminary concepts for the Carleton Strategic Integrate Plan (SIP) was provided by task force co-chair Lorraine Dyke. The draft concepts included statements towards sharing knowledge and shaping the future, enhancing wellness and sustainability, and serving the greater Ottawa community and the global world. The task force is entering the drafting phase and the Strategic Integrated Plan will come to Senate for approval on May 29, 2020.

Chair’s Remarks

President Bacon begun the meeting with a moment of silence for PhD Student Fareed Arasteh and alumnus Mansour Pourjam who tragically passed away in the Jan. 8 Tehran plane crash. He then provided an update on recent activities and highlights, including the reappointment of Suzanne Blanchard as the Vice-President of Students and Enrolment, the launch of the Canadian Accessibility Network, the positive 2019 Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey Results, and Carleton’s impressive rankings in sustainability.  President Bacon also spoke to the success of Carleton’s Giving Tuesday and United Way campaigns as well as the Let’s Talk event with Juno Award winning and Carleton alumna Kellylee Evans.

Senate Membership Call for Nominations

Nominations for faculty and students to serve on Senate commencing July 1, 2020 are now being accepted. The following vacancies are open:

Faculty Vacancies (11)

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – 4 vacancies
  • Faculty of Public Affairs – 1 vacancy
  • Faculty of Engineering and Design – 2 vacancies
  • School of Information Technology – 1 vacancy
  • Faculty of Science – 2 vacancies
  • School of Computer Science – 1 vacancy

Undergraduate Student Vacancies (10)

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – 3 vacancies
  • Faculty of Public Affairs – 3 vacancies
  • Faculty of Engineering and Design – 2 vacancies
  • Faculty of Science – 1 vacancy
  • Sprott School of Business – 1 vacancy

Deadline to apply is Feb. 27, 2020. More information can be found on the Senate website.

New Policy on Academic Accommodations During Labour Disputes

Senate approved a new policy that formally governs the process of providing accommodations for students unable to participate in academic activities in the case of a labour disruption, legal strike, or lock-out while maintaining academic standards under these circumstances.  The policy can be viewed on the Senate website.

Minors, Concentrations, and Specializations Approved

Senate approved the introduction of the following minors, concentrations and specializations effective Fall 2020:

  • Minor in Performance in the Public Sphere
  • Minor in Quebec Studies
  • Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Concentration in Work and Labour to the Master of Arts in Political Economy
  • Concentration in Public History to the PHD in History
  • Concentration in Mental Health and Well-being to the Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Specialization in Data Science to the Master of Public Policy and Administration program as well as the Master of Science in Medical Physics and Particle Physics programs
  • Collaborative MA Specialization in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Digital Humanities to be Housed in College of the Humanities

Senate approved the administrative home of the Collaborative M.A. Specialization in Digital Humanities to be moved from the Department of English to its new permanent home in the College of the Humanities.

PhD Economics Cyclical Review Complete

Senate approved the Final Assessment Report and Executive Summary arising from the Cyclical Review of the PhD program in Economics.

Senate Committee Membership Ratifications

The following Senate committee appointments were ratified, effective Jan. 31, 2020:

  • Chris Dornan (FPA), Senate Honorary Degrees Committee
  • Morgan Rooney (FASS), Senate Academic Integrity Appeals Committee
  • Nadiya Slobodenyuk (FASS), Senate Committee on Student Awards

Senator Spotlight: Alexis Shotwell

Senate is composed of over 80 members representing the Carleton community like Dr. Alexis Shotwell. Alexis is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and is co-investigator for the Aids Activist History Project. Learn more about Alexis.

Next Meeting: February 28

The next Senate meeting is February 28, 2020. Click here to view the full schedule and meeting materials. Meeting minutes are posted once they are approved at the subsequent meeting.