A regular meeting of the Concordia University Senate, held May 11,
Rectors remarks: Dr. Lowy reminded senators that the Loyola
Medal is awarded every two years, and is now accepting nominations; previous
recipients include Oscar Peterson, Maureen Forrester, Jacques Ménard.
Second, applications are now coming in from prospective students, and
he pointed out that personal contact helps to close the gap between applications
and decisions to attend Concordia. We have a collective responsibility
to be generous with our time. Finally, he announced that a formal
groundbreaking for the new science complex will take place June 15, at
11 a.m. at Loyola.
Provosts remarks: The Senate Committee on Academic Planning
and Priorities has received a strategic plan from the Faculty of Fine
Arts, and it will be discussed at a future Senate meeting.
Provost/Vice-Rector Research Jack Lightstone also said that plans are
going forward to re-equip and IT-enable large classrooms and
the library. He also said that due to the large number of new hires, current
and anticipated, the Faculty Research and Development Program, which has
given start-up, bridge funding and re-entry grants, will concentrate entirely
on start-up grants, and these will be automatically given to each new
tenure-track faculty member.
Digital Arts: Dean of Fine Arts Christopher Jackson announced that
a $6-million Institute in Digital Arts, a joint project with UQAM, has
Accounting: Dean of Business Mohsen Anvari announced that the AACSB will
soon announce accreditation of the John Molson School of Businesss
accountancy program. He also said that 10 scholarships are being established
for foreign students, and will be named after the Hon. Pierre Sévigny.
Information for students: Student senator Sami Nazzal suggested that
basic information on student services should be in the course outlines.
Dr. Lightstone said this was a constructive suggestion and he would bring
it up with the deans.
Curriculum changes: Changes were approved in undergraduate programs
in the Fine Arts and Engineering and Computer Science.
TESL Centre: A resolution was approved that makes the TESL Centre
(Teaching English as a Second Language) part of the Education Department
rather than a separate academic unit.
Mechanical/Industrial: A name change was approved whereby the Department
of Mechanical Engineering will be called the Department of Mechanical
and Industrial Engineering.
Professor Emeritus: The steering committee proposed a resolution that
clarifies the policy adopted at the March meeting of Senate regarding
this designation, such that faculty members retiring in good standing
may use their rank at the time of their retirement, e.g. Associate Professor,
or Professor, plus Emeritus. Approved.
Fast-track: Dr. Lightstone quipped that the fast-track provisional
approval process for short graduate programs had taken all of three years
to work its way toward approval. This meeting approved the criteria, the
process having previously been approved.
Awards for graduate mentoring: This proposal by the School of Graduate
Studies to provide a companion set of awards for its existing research
awards once again encountered opposition from the Faculty of Arts and
Science, although the senator representing graduate students said that
his constituency endorses the project. This proposal will go back to steering
Next meeting: May 25