The University Senate is seeking nominations for the committees outlined in the table below.
If you are interested in contributing to the development of academic policies, have insights to share on academic programs, processes, or standards, this is your opportunity to be part of discussions within Senate committees and to shape what recommendations go forward to Senate.
What does Senate Committee service involve?
Most committees meet monthly, with some exceptions, though additional meetings may be called when necessary. Members are expected to review meeting materials, attend meetings, contribute to discussions, vote on recommendations to Senate, and occasionally assist with special working groups or subcommittees established by the Committee.
Collegial governance is at the core of how universities operate. By contributing your expertise and insights, you can help guide policy development, generate new ideas, support informed decision-making, and play a role in advancing the University’s strategic priorities to offer a transformational and accessible academic experience and further research capacity across the University.
How to volunteer
Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else within their constituency.
All applications will be provided to the Senate Governance Committee which recommends standing committee members to Senate and advisory committee members to the appropriate senior administrator. The Governance Committee is authorized to fill mid-term vacancies, subject to Senate’s review.
Applications are accepted on an on-going basis until vacancies are filled or until otherwise noted.
Advisory Committee on the Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
The Provost & Vice-President, Academic, is striking an advisory committee under Faculty Handbook Section 4:1 concerning the appointment of a Vice-Provost, Teaching & Learning. This role would replace the existing role of Associate Vice-Provost, Teaching & Learning and include an expanded range of responsibilities.
It is anticipated that the work of the Advisory Committee will begin in September 2021 and conclude within four to five months (January/February 2022).
Nominations are requested for the constituencies identified below:
- one full-time faculty member representing each of the Faculties and a Professional Librarian (to be recommended by the Governance Committee of Senate),
- one undergraduate student Senator or student Board member representing BUSU (to be recommended by the Governance Committee of Senate),
- one graduate student Senator or student Board member representing the GSA (to be recommended by the Governance Committee of Senate),
- one ongoing staff member (to be recommended by the Provost and Vice-President, Academic; ongoing staff members reporting directly to a Vice-Provost and are not eligible to serve), and
- one senior administrative officer of the University recommended by the Senior Administrators’ Council.
Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a member of their constituency. Nominations may be submitted using the online Advisory Committee Nomination Form and will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
Nominations not using the online form must sent to the University Secretary via email to email@example.com and must include a clear indication that the nominee has accepted the nomination and is willing to serve on the Advisory Committee, if selected. In addition, nominees must provide a summary of 200 words or less of the reason(s) they are interested in serving on the committee and reason(s) why they believe they should be selected to serve. Nominations should also identify which area of the Faculty (i.e. department, centre or program) the nominee represents, if applicable.
Senate Standing Committee Vacancies
|Committee||# Vacancies||Constituency to be Represented||Length of Term||Apply|
|Undergraduate Program Committee||at least 1 member||Full-time teaching staff or professional librarian (any Faculty)||1-year term ending June 2022||Apply|
|Academic Review Committee||1 member||Full-time teaching staff from the Faculty of Social Sciences||3-year term ending 2024||Apply|
|Two Row Council||1 member||Indigenous Faculty member||2-year term ending June 2023||Apply|
|Two Row Council||1 member||Indigenous graduate student||2-year term ending June 2023||Apply|
|Teaching and Learning Committee||1 member||Full-time teaching staff or professional librarian||1-year term ending June 2022||Apply|