by Laurie Zack
At the regular meeting of Concordias Board of Governors on Oct.
17, the profile of the ideal candidate for the position of Dean of Graduate
Studies led to a discussion about the mandate of the position.
The discussion began with a comment that the tasks of the dean resembled
more those of a dean of students for graduate students than of a Faculty
Furthermore, it was asked whether the position really warranted a search
process and whether someone could be appointed directly from the internal
It was pointed out that unlike the other deans, the Dean of Graduate Studies
did not have faculty members reporting directly to the position or the
budget to carry out major projects. A few members of the search committee
expressed the desire to see the dean have greater decision-making, budget
and managerial responsibilities.
A faculty representative, while comfortable with the profile, expressed
a concern about maintaining the strong graduate studies program developed
within the Faculty and not having decisions about graduate studies being
imposed on the Faculty.
Dr. Lowy explained that Concordias structure, with only four Faculties,
centralized all teaching and research decisions in the hands of the Faculty
He contrasted this situation with major research institutions, where a
graduate studies unit has sole responsibility for conducting, developing
and monitoring research, sometimes to the detriment of undergraduate teaching.
The governors agreed that the search process should go forward. There
was also agreement that there should be ongoing discussion about the role
of the dean and the most suitable structure for graduate studies at Concordia.
Provost Jack Lightstone assured the governors that this would be done
through Senate, its committees and the existing structures in the Faculties.
Reporting on the building projects, Jonathan Wener, chair of the real
estate planning committee, said that there is ongoing discussion with
the Faculty of Fine Arts about their long-term space needs and priorities
with a view to establishing costs and building a proposal to meet these
He added that the demolition of the York Cinema is now completed and preliminary
excavation on the site may begin late winter. The Loyola Science Complex
is on time and on budget.
Vice Rector, Institutional Relations, and Secretary-General Marcel Danis
announced that negotiations have begun with the Continuing Education teachers
union and with the Concordia University Faculty Association (CUFA).