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Senate in brief

Highlights from the Oct. 29 meeting of Senate

Principal’s report

In addition to his written report, Principal Daniel Woolf provided the following oral updates:

  • Homecoming 2013. The principal expressed his thanks to everyone – staff, alumni, students and volunteers – who worked so hard to make Homecoming a success. He also thanked the university’s community partners, including Kingston Police and city officials, for their collaboration and support. The principal was happy to see that the event was, for the most part, a safe and respectful celebration of the Queen’s spirit, and over the coming weeks the university will meet with all of its partners to discuss the weekends and what the next steps will be.
  • Honours and awards. The principal recognized a number of awardees, including three faculty members, Roger Deeley, Jacalyn Duffin and Elizabeth Eisenhauer, who were elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences for their outstanding achievements in health sciences; four Queen’s graduate students, Katherine Holshausen, Sara Pavan, Laura Shaefli and Daniel Vena, who won Vanier scholarships; Queen’s China Liaison Officer Zhiyao Zhang, who was awarded a Governor General’s Medallion for his work promoting Canadian education ties in China; and the winners of the Distinguished Service Awards (the highest honour for service to Queen’s), Greg Lessard, David Ginsberg, Alistair MacLean and Kim Black.
  • AUCC membership meeting. The principal reported that at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada membership meeting in October, former Queen’s Professor of Computer and Information Science and current President of the University of Manitoba David Barnard was elected chair of the AUCC Board of Directors.
  • Board of Trustees meeting. Principal Woolf noted the unanimous approval of the university’s Strategic Framework by the board at its October meeting. The provost will provide an overview of the framework at the next meeting of Senate.
  • University Council meeting. The council’s annual meeting was a particularly important one, with the appointment of Jim Leech as the next chancellor of Queen’s. Councillors also discussed several topics of importance to Queen’s, including strategic enrolment management. Their input, along with that of other groups, will inform the Strategic Enrolment Plan coming to Senate in March.

Provost’s report

In addition to his written report, Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), provided the following updates:

  • Reports from faculties and schools. The provost noted that more frequent reports from faculties and schools will come to Senate for information, as requested at past meetings.
  • International portfolio. The provost’s office will undertake a review of the international portfolio and provide interim support after the departure of Jim Lee, Vice-Provost (International).

Report from the Board of Trustees

Senate received an oral report from Trustee Steven Tanner on the Oct. 4 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Committee motions and reports

Senate approved:

  • A motion to change the meeting date/time of the Senate meeting originally scheduled for 3:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 26 to 9:30 am on Monday, Dec. 2, from the Senate Agenda and Summer Advisory Committee.
  • A proposal to establish a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Diploma program in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, effective September 2014, from the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD).
  • The establishment of fields in 1) Chronic Health Conditions; 2) Primary Health Care Nursing; and 3) Transitions in Health and Illness, and the deletion of fields in 1) Health and Chronic Illness; and 2) Women’s and Children’s Health offered in the MSc Nursing programs, from SCAD.
  • A proposal to introduce graduate programs in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences [MSc (Anatomical Sciences), MSc and PhD] in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies effective September 2014, from SCAD.
  • A request to provide the option to change an earned Master of Management parchment to either a Master of Finance or Master of International Business to alumni subject to suitable arrangement determined by the School of Business and the Office of the Registrar, from SCAD.

Senate received:

Reports of faculties and schools

Senate received a report regarding the suspension of admissions to the theology programs, Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies and Bachelor of Theology in the School of Religion, from the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Motions (other than from standing committees)

Senate deferred to the November meeting a motion to approve the establishment of the Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Queen’s University Policy and Procedure for Safe Disclosure Reporting and Investigation.


Senate received an oral report on the annual meeting of the University Council, the Research Report, the list of the fall 2013 Honorary Degree Recipients, and an oral presentation on the Library and Archives Master Plan from University Librarian Martha Whitehead.

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