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FGS Council

For information, members of Council may write to the Chair of Council, Asia Weiss, or the Secretary of Council, Associate Dean Gary Jarvis, or write or call the Assistant Secretary of Council, M. Michael Schiff [(416) 736-5481]. The Council office is located in the FGS suite within 283 York Lanes.

Minutes: February 2, 2006

YORK UNIVERSITY
FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES
Meeting of Council

Minutes
Thursday, February 2, 2006
4:00 p.m.
N940 Ross Building (Senate Chamber)

Present: S. Afriat, E. Batdorf, J. Campanelli (Student Affairs Officer), J. Carlson, J. Dwyer, L. Fabian, L. Fawcett, N.S. Fisher-Stitt (Associate Dean), F. Fletcher, R. Fournier, C. Fung, C. Gerritsen, S. Grace, I. Greene, C. Grossutti, S. Horowitz, G. Jarvis (Associate Dean), E. Lee-Ruff (Vice-Chair), R. Lenton, V. Lindstrom, K. Little, M. Martel, R.E. Pearlman (Interim Dean), F.B. Pilkington, B. Rahder, D. Scadding, M.M. Schiff (Assistant Secretary of Council), Y. Singer, B. Spotton Visano, L. Stewart, N. Tenhaaf, V. Tzerpos, S. Viswanathan, A. Weiss (Chair), H.Q. Wen, E. White, E. Winslow, M. Young (Executive Officer)

Regrets: C. Archer, D. Bohme, B. Crow, R. Drummond, J. Gambarotto-McKay, C. Haig-Brown, K. Hudak, A. Hudson, S. Kachooie, B. Lightman, M. Luxton, H.I. Macdonald, K. McRoberts, D. Mendelsohn, S. Miranda, R.W. Nicholls, L. Packer, N. Razack, B. Roe, A. Rogalski, D. Shugarman, C. Sukhram, P. Taylor, W. van Wijngaarden, Y. Wu

Guests: N. Jazairi, D. Reed


1. Welcome and Chair's Remarks

Chair Asia Weiss welcomed members of Council to the first meeting to be held this year.

2. Minutes of Previous Meeting (December 8, 2005)

The minutes were approved.

3. Business Arising from the Minutes

There was no business arising from the minutes.

4. Dean's Remarks

i) New Year

Interim Dean Ron Pearlman welcomed members of Council and thanked them for serving the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

ii) Funding

Dean Pearlman reported that there remains no new information about the implementation of provincial funding targeted for growth. York continues to plan for such growth. Enrolment planning meetings have been held with Graduate Programme Directors and with other Faculties.

iii) Appraisals

The Dean announced that the Graduate Programme in Social Work and the Graduate Diploma in Health Services & Policy Research had been appraised as being of good quality and approved to continue. The Graduate Programme in Kinesiology & Health Science was approved as being of good quality with a report required. The Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies was approved to commence.

iv) Convocation

Dean Pearlman spoke to Council about the Winter Convocation taking place the day following Council. He invited councillors to attend.

v) Faculty of Health Decanal Search

At the Dean's request, a letter from President Marsden was circulated with the agenda package. The letter delineated the membership of the search committee for the Dean of the new Faculty of Health. Associate Dean Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt represents the Faculty of Graduate Studies on the search committee. Associate Dean Fisher-Stitt spoke briefly about the committee, the search and an upcoming forum intended to provide focus. Councillors were invited to contact members of the search committee for information or to provide suggestions about qualifications for a dean and/or to suggest names of potential candidates.

5. Proposed New Graduate Programme

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Graduate Programme in Development Studies (Master of Arts)
Approved by the FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee on September 21, 2005

Chair Asia Weiss invited Professor Darryl Reed to speak about this new programme proposal. Professor Reed addressed Council, noting that there is a successful undergraduate development studies programme at York, which has elicited interest in a graduate studies complement. He noted that this proposal had been formulated after much consultation across York, and had been discussed by the university consortium on the global south and other related initiatives. These discussions have helped promote the area at York. Development studies will still be undertaken in other programmes but will have a more structured focus in this programme.

Dean Pearlman noted that the proposal had been carefully scrutinized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies Academic Planning & Policy Committee and administrative review. At all stages, the proposal was seen to be academically sound. Consultations were undertaken to ensure that the proposed programme was complementary to existing programmes. An agreement was reached with consulted parties based on the current proposal now being considered by Council, with the consideration that development studies will continue to be explored in other initiatives at York. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will ensure that the parties come together to coordinate these activities. In advertising the new programme, it will be made clear that there are additional ways to study development studies at York. The Dean thanked those involved and strongly endorsed the proposal.

Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies' Dean Rhonda Lenton noted that the proposed programme represents a very interesting opportunity of importance to Atkinson.

Director of the Graduate Programme in Environmental Studies Barbara Rahder noted that Dean Joni Seager supported this proposal. She stated that it was their understanding that a preamble would be part of the proposal that would reiterate that there are more ways to study this field at York. Dean Pearlman replied that the document may not be included appropriately with the submission of the proposal to O.C.G.S., but that it could be entered into the record of this meeting.

A question about enrolment was answered by Professor Reed: projected intake is based in part on supervisory expectations.

It was moved, seconded and CARRIED, unanimously,

"that the proposed Graduate Programme in Development Studies be APPROVED."

6. Changes to Senate Legislation

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Membership in the Faculty of Graduate Studies: Appointment and Periodic Review of Appointment
Approved by the FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee on December 14, 2005

Dean Ron Pearlman introduced this item to Council. He reminded councillors that Vice-President Academic Sheila Embleton requires, as has been the case for some time, that all faculty hirings be of individuals who are appointable or imminently appointable to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In some instances, though, there are no cognate programmes to which new hires may be appointed. This new proposal will make it possible to appoint faculty members to the Faculty of Graduate Studies without being appointed to a particular graduate programme. Deans will act in the place of graduate programme directors and make recommendations. Appointments will still be based on Senate criteria. Those appointed will not be eligible for principal supervision. It was moved, seconded, and CARRIED, unanimously,

"that the proposed changes to Senate legislation with respect to membership in the Faculty of Graduate Studies be APPROVED."

7. Changes to Faculty of Graduate Studies' Admission Requirements

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General Admission Requirements, 7. Exchange Students
Approved by the FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee on December 14, 2005

Associate Dean Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt introduced this item. She noted that in the past exchange students attended York by registering as special students. This proposal creates an exchange student category for registration purposes and should decrease delays for exchange students with respect to confirmation of admission and obtaining visas and travel documents. It was moved, seconded, and CARRIED, unanimously,

"that the proposed changes to Faculty regulations' admissions requirements for exchange students in the Faculty of Graduate Studies be APPROVED."

8. Curricular Changes
Approved at the December 14, 2005, meeting of FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee's Academic Affairs Subcommittee, and received for information at the December 14, 2005, meeting of FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee

Members of Council were invited to view these documents in the FGS Council office, 283 York Lanes. The items were received for information.

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a) Graduate Programme in Critical Disability Studies

New Course Proposal
Critical Disability Studies 5045 3.0: "Health Equity and Mental Health Policy"

b) Graduate Programme in Education

New Course Proposal
Education 5616 3.0: "Democracy and Education: Pedagogical Considerations of Deliberation and the Politics of Interruption"

Change in Course Description
Education 5130 0.0: "Research Proposal Seminar"

c) Graduate Programme in Film & Video

New Course Proposal
Film & Video 5050 3.0: "Senior Documentary Workshop"

d) Graduate Programme in Humanities

New Course Proposals
Humanities 6120 3.0: "Twentieth Century Revisionist Mythmaking"
Humanities 6121 3.0: "The Humanist Tradition: What is it? Is it over?"
Humanities 6124 3.0: "Holocaust Narratives: Exploring the Limits of Representation" [half course version of existing full course]
Humanities 6311 3.0: "Knowing Dreaming"
Humanities 6132 3.0: "Interactions Between the Natural, Human and Historical Sciences"

Changes in Course Description and Title
Humanities 6208 3.0: "Religion, Literature and Postcolonial Cultures"

e) Graduate Programme in Mathematics & Statistics

Changes in Course Integrations
Mathematics & Statistics 6626 3.0: "Sampling Design and Analysis"/Integrated with the undergraduate course Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 4731 3.0 3/Prerequisite: York undergraduate course Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 4731 3.0 or equivalent/Note: SAS and Splus computing environments are used to facilitate coursework
Mathematics & Statistics 6632 3.0: from "Multivariate Statistics" to "Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis"/Integrated with the undergraduate course Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 4630 3.0/Prerequisites: York undergraduate courses Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 2022 3.0, 2222 3.0, 3033 3.0, 3131 3.0, 3333 3.0 or equivalents
Mathematics & Statistics 6633 3.0: "Theory and Methods of Time Series Analysis"/Integrated with the undergraduate course Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics & Statistics 4130B 3.0/ Prerequisites: Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 3033 3.0 or equivalent; Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 3131 3.0 or equivalent or permission of the course instructor
Mathematics & Statistics 6634 3.0: from "Non-Parametric Statistics" to "Non-Parametric Methods in Statistics"/Integrated with the undergraduate course Mathematics & Statistics 4230 3.0/Prerequisite: York undergraduate course Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 3130 3.0 or equivalent; Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 3132 3.0 is recommended but not required
Mathematics & Statistics 6636 3.0: "Data Mining"/Integrated with the undergraduate course Mathematics & Statistics 4034 3.0/Prerequisites: York undergraduate course Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 3034 3.0 and Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics & Statistics 3430 3.0 or equivalents, or permission of the instructor/Note: SAS and Splus computing environments are used to facilitate coursework
Mathematics & Statistics 6640 3.0: "Biostatistics"/Integrated with the undergraduate course Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 4134 3.0/Prerequisites: York undergraduate courses Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 3034 3.0 and Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics & Statistics 3131 3.0 or equivalents, or permission of the instructor/Note: SAS and Splus computing environments are used to facilitate coursework
Mathematics & Statistics 6641 3.0: "Survival Analysis"/Integrated with the undergraduate course Mathematics & Statistics 4130K 3.0/Prerequisites: York undergraduate Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 3131 3.0 or equivalent; and either Arts/Atkinson/Science Mathematics 3033 3.0 or 3330 3.0 or equivalents/Note: computer/internet use is essential for coursework

Course Deletions
Mathematics & Statistics 6639A 3.0: "Non-Parametric Statistics"
Mathematics & Statistics 6639B 3.0: "Bayesian Statistics"
Mathematics & Statistics 6639C 3.0: "Longitudinal Data Analysis"
Mathematics & Statistics 6639M 3.0: "Experimental Design"
Mathematics & Statistics 6639N 3.0: "Non-Parametric Methods in Statistics"

f) Graduate Programme in Ethnomusicology & Musicology

New Course Proposal
Ethnomusicology & Musicology 6005 3.0: "Topics in Composition"

g) Graduate Programme in Political Science

New Course Proposals
Political Science 6435 3.0: "Capitalism and Welfare States"
Political Science 6505 3.0: "Religious Fundamentalism and Global Politics"
Political Science 6765 3.0: "Key Concepts and New Directions"

h) Graduate Programme in Women's Studies

New Course Proposal
Women's Studies 6128 3.0: "Queer Theory"

9. Memo from President Lorna R. Marsden on the Search Committee for the Dean of the Faculty of Health

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This item was referenced during the Dean's remarks, and was received for information.

10. Senate Synopses
Summaries of Senate meetings of November 24 and December 15, 2005

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The Senate synopsis was received for information.

11. Other Business

Faculty of Graduate Studies' Teaching Awards

Interim Dean Ron Pearlman noted that the Faculty of Graduate Studies' Awards Committee has completed its adjudication for the Faculty Teaching Awards, which are expected to be presented at the April 6, 2006, meeting of Faculty Council.

12. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:59 p.m.