Queen's University

For the Record: November 1, 2012

Date: 
Thu, 11/01/2012

Announcements

Interim Associate Vice-Principal (Research) — Dr. Cynthia Fekken

Steven N. Liss, Vice-Principal (Research), is pleased to announce that Cynthia Fekken has been appointed interim Associate Vice-Principal (Research) effective November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2013. Dr. Fekken, who holds a BA, MA and PhD in Psychology, all from Western University, joined Queen’s University in 1983 and has since become a tenured full professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Fekken has been an associate dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science since 2001. Her research interests focus on personality theory and psychological assessment, with recent work focusing on a malevolent set of subclinical personality traits known as the “Dark Triad.” Dr. Fekken is also a registered psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists and has consulted with a variety of professional, governmental and community organizations about psychological assessment systems.

Vice-Principal (Research) Steven Liss wishes to acknowledge the contributions and leadership of Susan Marlin, who has served as Associate Vice-Principal (Research) for the past five years.

Review of Queen’s Chaplaincy

Brian Yealland, Queen’s Chaplain since 1983, has announced his retirement effective June 30th, 2013.

At this time Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, would like to extend an invitation to the campus community to forward comments on the current state and future direction of the Chaplaincy at Queen’s.

Currently the Chaplain devotes approximately 50 per cent of his time on support and guidance issues for students, faculty and staff; 30 per cent on faith-based activities and 20 per cent in support of University events, such as convocation.

Comments should be submitted in writing to the Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs on or before November 30th, 2012.

Committees

Headship Selection Committee — Department of Biology

R. Meldrum Robertson’s term as head of the Department of Biology is scheduled to end on June 30, 2013. The Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) has appointed a selection committee to advise him on the appointment of the next head. The selection committee has the following membership:

Elected Members

  • Ian Chin-Sang, Associate Professor
  • Shelley Arnott, Associate Professor
  • Laurene Ratcliffe, Professor
  • Christopher Eckert, Professor
  • Sharon Regan, Associate Professor

Appointed Members

  • Katharina Bremer, Graduate Student
  • John Topping, Finance and Operations Manager
  • Alexandra Mitcham, Undergraduate Student
  • Mary Olmstead,  Cognate Faculty, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Non-Voting Members

  • Alistair MacLean, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • David Rappaport, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Chair

G. Cynthia Fekken, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

Recording Secretary

Diane Reid, Faculty of Arts and Science

Pursuant to Articles 41.3 and 41.3.5 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, your comments are invited on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Biology by November 16, 2012. It is also requested that you submit names of possible candidates for the headship. Please send all comments to the attention of Ms. Diane Reid. All letters will be reviewed by the selection committee and will become part of the record of decision-making. At the request of either the department members or the selection committee, a meeting can be arranged between the department and the committee to ascertain department members’ views on the qualities required in a head. Once a short list has been established, it will be distributed to members of the department for further input on the merits of the respective candidates.

Headship Selection Committee — Department of English

Marta Straznicky’s term as head of the Department of English is scheduled to end on June 30, 2013. The Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) has appointed a selection committee to advise him on the appointment of the next head. The selection committee has the following membership:

Elected Members

  • Elizabeth Hanson, Professor
  • Sam McKegney, Associate Professor
  • Carolyn Smart, Lecturer
  • Molly Wallace, Assistant Professor
  • Ruth Wehlau, Continuing Adjunct Assistant Professor

Appointed Members

  • Karen Donnelly, Administrative Assistant
  • Alexander Hopewell, Undergraduate Student
  • Holly McIndoe, Graduate Student
  • Joshua Mozersky, Cognate Faculty, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Philosophy

Non-Voting Members

  • Sandra den Otter, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Alistair MacLean, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

Chair

Gordon Smith, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

Recording Secretary

Diane Reid Faculty of Arts and Science

Pursuant to Articles 41.3 and 41.3.5 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, you are invited to submit comments on the present state and future prospects of the Department of English by November 2, 2012.  The submission of names of possible candidates for the headship is also requested. Please send all comments to the attention of Ms. Diane Reid All letters will be reviewed by the selection committee and will become part of the record of decision-making. At the request of either the department members or the selection committee, a meeting can be arranged between the department and the committee to ascertain department members’ views on the qualities required in a head. Once a short list has been established, it will be distributed to members of the department for further input on the merits of the respective candidates.

Headship Selection Committee — Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Ram Murty’s term as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is scheduled to end on June 30, 2013. Dr. Murty is willing to consider reappointment.

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, an abridged selection committee has been struck to assist the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) in the selection of the next head. Under the rules of the Collective Agreement, members of the bargaining unit within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics have elected the following people to the committee:

  • Oleg Bogoyavlenskij
  • Andrew Lewis
  • James Mingo
  • Greg Smith
  • Glen Takahara

The committee will be chaired by Associate Dean G. Cynthia Fekken. Associate Dean David Rappaport of the School of Graduate Studies and Dean Alistair MacLean will be non-voting members.

Under Article 41.3.3, if the head indicates that s/he wants to be renewed, “the abridged Selection Committee shall consult with the members of the Department, and if it concludes that there is a clear departmental consensus in favour of renewal, it shall recommend to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) that the Head be renewed.” If the Committee concludes that there is no clear consensus for renewal, a full committee shall than be constituted.

To assist in this consultation process, you are invited to express your views on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and whether you favour renewal of the present Head. If you wish to offer comments on these matters, please be advised that your letter will be reviewed by the committee and will become part of the record of decision-making. Please send all comments to the attention of Ms. Diane Reid by November 9, 2012.

Headship Selection Committee — School of Environmental Studies

Brian Cumming’s term as director of the School of Environmental Studies is scheduled to end on June 30, 2013. Dr. Cumming is willing to consider reappointment.

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, an abridged selection committee has been struck to assist the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) in the selection of the next director/head. Under the rules of the Collective Agreement, members of the bargaining Unit within the School of Environmental Studies have elected the following people to the committee:

  • Stephen Brown
  • Ryan Danby
  • Peter Hodson
  • Graham Whitelaw
  • Louise Winn

The committee will be chaired by Associate Dean G. Cynthia Fekken. Associate Dean David Rappaport of the School of Graduate Studies and Dean Alistair MacLean will be non-voting members.

Under Article 41.3.3, if the head indicates that s/he wants to be renewed, “the abridged Selection Committee shall consult with the members of the Department, and if it concludes that there is a clear departmental consensus in favour of renewal, it shall recommend to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) that the Head be renewed.” If the committee concludes that there is no clear consensus for renewal, a full committee shall then be constituted.

To assist in this consultation process, you are invited to express your views on the present state and future prospects of the School of Environmental Studies and whether you favour renewal of the present director/head. If you wish to offer comments on these matters, please be advised that your letter will be reviewed by the committee and will become part of the record of decision-making. Please send all comments to the attention of Ms. Diane Reid by November 9, 2012.

Headship Selection Committee — School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Jean Côté’s term as director of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies is scheduled to end on June 30, 2013. Dr. Côté is willing to consider reappointment.

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, an abridged selection committee has been struck to assist the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) in the selection of the next director/head. Under the rules of the Collective Agreement, members of the bargaining unit within the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies have elected the following people to the committee:

  • Mary Louise Adams
  • Pat Costigan
  • Amy Latimer
  • Spencer Moore
  • Michael Tschakovsky

The Committee will be chaired by Associate Dean G. Cynthia Fekken. Associate Dean David Rappaport of the School of Graduate Studies and Dean Alistair MacLean will be non-voting members.

Under Article 41.3.3, if the head indicates that s/he wants to be renewed, “the abridged Selection Committee shall consult with the members of the Department, and if it concludes that there is a clear departmental consensus in favour of renewal, it shall recommend to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) that the Head be renewed.” If the committee concludes that there is no clear consensus for renewal, a full committee shall then be constituted.

To assist in this consultation process, you are invited to express your views on the present state and future prospects of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and whether you favour renewal of the present director/head. If you wish to offer comments on these matters, please be advised that your letter will be reviewed by the committee and will become part of the record of decision-making. Please send all comments to the attention of Ms. Diane Reid by November 9, 2012.

Nominations

Call for nominations for positions on the University Senate and the Board of Trustees

Nominations are requested for the following positions:

  • 1 staff member, Senate, 3-year term, 2013 until 2016
  • 1 staff member, Board of Trustees, 4-year term, 2013 until 2017
  • 1 faculty/librarian/archivist member, Board of Trustees, 4-year term, 2013 until 2017

Nomination forms and information about the process are available online or by contacting the University Secretariat at 613-533-6095.Nominations must be received at the University Secretariat, 153 Richardson Hall by 4 pm on Friday, December 7, 2012.

Notices

Annual Pension Plan voluntary contribution

Members of the Queen's Pension Plan (QPP) with pensionable earnings under $155,000 can make Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to their pension accounts in one of two ways, either by monthly payroll deduction or by a single lump-sum payment at the end of the year.

Under the monthly contribution program, which is open for enrolment each February, QPP members make contributions by payroll deduction subject to a monthly limit based on annual pensionable salary. Contributions are deducted every month of the year and continue indefinitely, so there is no need to renew. The next opportunity to enrol will occur in February 2013, at which time existing AVC contributors will also be able to either increase their deductions (subject to the monthly limit) or decrease the deduction by writing to the Pensions unit of Human Resources. Participants may also stop the deduction at any time during the year (subject only to re-enrolment restrictions).

Alternatively, members can make a single lump-sum payment (or a top-up payment if enrolled in the payroll deduction program) in November to maximize their contributions for 2012:

  • members who are currently making monthly Additional Voluntary Contributions will receive a customized quotation indicating the maximum lump-sum payment that they are entitled to make (which is in addition to their current monthly contributions) in order to avoid overcontribution problems, only members whose estimate is in excess of $200 will be notified;
  • • members who do not make monthly Additional Voluntary Contributions can obtain an individualized calculation of the lump-sum amount that may be deposited as an AVC by contacting the Department of Human Resources (533-2070).

In considering whether to make a voluntary contribution, remember that AVCs made in the current calendar year will be taken into account in the determination of your RRSP contribution limit for the following year. The deadline for returning completed forms and a cheque to the Pensions unit of Human Resources is November 9, 2012 (cheques must be dated no later than November 9, 2012 and cannot be postdated). Contributions received after November 9 will not be accepted. For more information, please contact the Pensions unit of Human Resources.

Pension Plan annual general meeting to be held in December

The annual meeting of the Queen's Pension Plan will be held at 1 pm on Friday, December 7, 2012, in Dunning Hall Auditorium. All plan members are invited to attend.
 

 
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