FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES
Meeting of Council
Thursday, November 3, 2005
N940 Ross Building (Senate Chamber)
Present: S. Afriat, L. Baker, E. Batdorf, K. Bischoping, D.
Brock, J. Campanelli (Student Affairs Officer), J. Carlson,
C. Carpenko, J. Codd (Research & Policy Analyst), W. Crichlow,
K. Dahlquist, J. Dwyer, L. Fabian, F. Fletcher, C. Fung, J.
Gambarotto-McKay (Academic Affairs Officer), C. Gerritsen, C.
Haig-Brown, F. Hajihosseini, C.D. Hay, D. Henriques, S. Horowitz,
K. Hudak, M. Jebrail, C. Kurucz, V. Lindstrom, K. Little, L.
Lombardi, M. Martel, S. Miranda, E. Morera, G. Norcliffe, L.
Packer, R.E. Pearlman (Interim Dean), F.B. Pilkington, B. Roe,
A. Rogalski, D. Scadding, R. Schuller, J. Shore, M.M. Schiff
(Assistant Secretary of Council), B. Spotton Visano, K. Simpson,
L. Stewart, N. Tenhaaf, V. Tzerpos, W. van Wijngaarden, M. Vicente,
S. Viswanathan, A. Weiss (Chair), H.Q. Wen, E. White, T. Winslow,
Y. Wu, D. Yon, M. Zryd
Regrets: C. Archer, P. Aulakh, D. Bohme, R. Bowman, J. Breen,
D. Callison, B. Crow, R. Drummond, J. Edmondson, N.S. Fisher-Stitt,
I. Greene, E. Igobwa, G. Jarvis, S. Kachooie, E. Lee-Ruff, B.
Lightman, H.I. Macdonald, K. McRoberts, D. Mendelsohn, B. Rahder,
N. Razack, K. Stanworth, G. Wu
1. Welcome and Chair's Remarks
In her first meeting as Chair, Asia Weiss welcomed members
of Council to the meeting. She extended a special welcome to
Interim Dean Ron Pearlman, who has started a two-year commitment
to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. She also welcomed new Associate
Dean Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt, and Vice-Chair Ed Lee-Ruff.
The Chair noted that the meeting scheduled for September 29th
had been cancelled as a result of insufficient business. While
this meeting's agenda was not onerous, Professor Weiss noted
that in the next several years there will be many important
items for the Faculty to consider, including issues of accountability
and the successful completion of studies.
2. Minutes of Previous Meeting (June 2, 2005)
The minutes were approved.
3. Business Arising from the Minutes
Report of items considered by FGS Academic Planning &
Policy Committee Summer 2005,
The report was received for information. The Chair reviewed
the major items approved by the FGS Academic Planning &
Policy Committee subsequent to the delegation of summer authority
by Council in June.
There was no other business arising from the minutes.
4. Dean's Remarks
i) New and Returning Chair, Deans and Directors
Interim Dean Ron Pearlman addressed Council for the first
time in this position. Having served five years until 2004 as
Associate Dean, Dean Pearlman is very familiar with graduate
education at York. He welcomed Asia Weiss as Chair, Ed Lee-Ruff
as Vice-Chair, and new Associate Dean Norma Sue-Fisher-Stitt,
whose terms were also beginning in this session, and Associate
Dean Gary Jarvis. Associate Deans Jarvis and Fisher-Stitt were
not able to attend this meeting, since they were attending a
special reception for scholarship students and the Canadian
Association for Graduate Studies' meetings, respectively, representing
the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Dean Pearlman also introduced and expressed his appreciation
to new Graduate Programme Directors: Preet Alauk and Christine
Oliver, Administration (Ph.D.); David Scadding, Design; Françoise
Mougeon, Études françaises; Michael Zryd, Film
& Video; Bernie Lightman, Humanities; Bernard Wolf, International
Business Administration; Esteve Morera, Philosophy; Narda Razack,
Social Work; Erica Batdorf, Theatre; Daniel Simeoni, Translation;
and Meg Luxton, Women's Studies.
ii) New Programmes
The Dean reported that new programmes under consideration
by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies were expected to
be approved at the OCGS meeting on the day following Council
and would be announced at the next meeting of Council.
iii) CUPE 3903
Dean Pearlman thanked members of both negotiating teams for
their efforts in reaching a tentative settlement in the early
hours of the day of this meeting. A ratification vote was scheduled.
iv) New Directions and Challenges
Dean Pearlman expanded on issues raised in his letter to councillors
sent earlier in the term. The Faculty will continue in its efforts
to further integrate graduate studies into research culture
at York. The Faculty is already working closely with the Vice-President
(Research & Innovation) on these issues. The Dean stressed
that most research at York includes contributions from graduate
Dean Pearlman noted that graduate student recruitment is being
closely examined. A committee has been working on related issues
and is close to providing its report to the Vice-President (Academic).
The Faculty is also working toward earlier completion of degrees
and higher success in completion rates.
The Dean stressed that the quality of graduate education will
not be compromised by any of the upcoming changes.
The Dean reiterated that it is not yet known how increased
funds for graduate education in Ontario will be distributed
among three known areas: faculty complement, student support
and infrastructure. The way that funding will be allocated has
not yet been announced. The Dean reviewed conditions for growth
and growth potential, with the expansion of current programmes
and the commencement of others. He noted that York's regional
demographic would be well served by this expansion. Dean Pearlman
also noted that when agreeing to serve as Interim Dean he was
fully aware of these challenges.
The Dean noted that the search for a full-term Dean would
begin in late Spring or early Fall 2006, for a term to commence
Dean Pearlman stated that the implementation of the Faculty's
self-study recommendations continues, with some already in place.
Graduate input on faculty appointments, for example, is now
part of a required consultation process that includes Faculty
of Graduate Studies priorities, and expands on the previous
system which required that new faculty appointments be immediately
or imminently able to be appointed to FGS. Dean Pearlman noted
that there is a responsive and reasonable effort to include
graduate priorities in hiring decisions.
Also, it was noted, a new policy arising from the self-study
requires doctoral students to have supervision in place earlier
than previously required. This change was also implemented in
advance of expected provincial accountability measures. The
Dean also reported that the new graduate reading room in the
Scott Library, funded from many sources including FGS and the
Vice-President (Academic), was now open, a beautiful facility
created after consultation with students. Associate Dean Norma
Sue Fisher-Stitt will liaise with the library on behalf of the
Dean Pearlman reported that enrolment meetings were underway.
At these meeting, he consults with Deans of resource Faculties,
Graduate Programme Directors and Chairs, in order to plan graduate
Dean Pearlman stated that Vice-President (Academic) Sheila
Embleton had already committed to increasing the faculty complement
and has authorized the creation of 19 new appointments based
on and related to graduate growth.
In reply to a question related to the allocation of resources
for growth between new and existing programmes, the Dean replied
that growth will occur where it is academically viable and where
issues of quality are positively addressed. Councillors also
asked about supervision of additional graduate students. The
Dean agreed that there would be challenges in this regard. Most
of the FGS budget, the Dean remarked, would continue to be allocated
to graduate student support. Dean Pearlman noted, in reply to
another question, that although the self-study recommended growth
at the doctoral level, it was not to be achieved by reductions
at the Master's level. He encouraged proposals to come forward,
including those for both Master's and doctoral level and both
academic and professional programmes, in reply to a question
about potential health-related programme proposals. Dean Pearlman
also replied to a question about international students: recent
funding proposals are directed at domestic students, while the
University stresses internationalization as one of its goals.
In reply, the Dean noted that this issue was raised at the Ministry
of Training, Colleges and Universities' Graduate Growth Working
Group by Vice-President (Academic) Embleton, and that the University
is working on this issue as well.
5. University Academic Plan: Academic Priorities 2005-2010
Chair Asia Weiss asked Council for its comments on the University
Academic Plan, circulated with the agenda package. Dean Pearlman
noted that there is an ongoing discussion with Senate about
graduate-related matters. Councillors were invited to forward
comments to the Dean or the Chair.
6. Proposed Faculty of Health
Chair Asia Weiss invited commentary on the Faculty of Health
proposal as circulated with the meeting's agenda package for
discussion. She noted that discussion fora for faculty members,
support staff and students were being organized, with the times
and locations of these meetings included among the information
distributed to councillors, and she encouraged councillors to
express themselves and gain information about the proposals.
Chair Asia Weiss reported that the FGS Academic Planning &
Policy Committee had discussed possible changes in Faculty affiliation
of some graduate programmes. Dean Pearlman noted that members
of Council could also send comments to him, which he would forward
on their behalf to the project team; he is also a member of
7. Senate Synopses
Summaries of Senate meetings of May 27, June 24, September
23 and October 27, 2005
The Senate synopses were received for information.
8. Other Business
There was no other business.
The meeting adjourned at 5:25 p.m.