Senate Election

The process for the election of full-time teaching staff and professional librarians to Brock’s Senate begins on Monday, February 28. Questions related to the Senate Election can be directed to the Secretary of Senate at universitysecretary@brocku.ca.

More information and resources are available via the links below:

NOTICE OF ACCLAMATION OF ELECTION DAY

The nomination period for the 2022 Senate Election closed at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022 and resulted in fourteen  nominations for the available 14 seats.

The number of nominations received within the prescribed time was equal to the number to be elected. As a result, those nominated shall be declared elected to Senate by acclamation in accordance with Faculty Handbook 2: 3.4.5 (b).

In accordance with Faculty Handbook 2: 3.4.5 (b), the following persons have been acclaimed to Senate serving three-, two-, and one-year terms, as available, consistent with the order in which their nominations were received:

  • SPENCE, Kirsty (Applied Health Sciences) – 3-year term
  • SAVAGE, Larry (Social Sciences) – 3-year term
  • KLENTROU, Nota (Applied Health Sciences) – 3-year term
  • WEBBER, Michelle (Social Sciences) – 3-year term
  • MURPHY, Tim (Social Sciences) – 3-year term
  • VACHON, Francine (Goodman) – 3-year term
  • AYANSO, Anteneh (Goodman) – 3-year term
  • ZINGA, Dawn (Social Sciences) – 3-year term
  • SMITH, R. Angus (Humanities) – 3-year term
  • CARPENTER-CLELAND, Christene (Math & Sciences) – 3-year term
  • TRUSSELL, Dawn (Applied Health Sciences) – 3-year term
  • BLAYER, Irene (Humanities) – 3-year term
  • MALLECK, Dan (Applied Health Sciences) – 2-year term
  • YOUNKER, Jonathan (Library) – 1-year term

2022 Election timeline and key dates

Below are key dates for the 2022 Senate Election. More details are available in the 2022 Senate Election Report and Timeline.


February 28, 2022                 Nomination period opens and the Senate Electorate List is available for review


Friday March 4, 2022           Changes to the Senate Electorate List due by 9 a.m.


Monday March 14, 2022          Nomination period closes at 4:30 p.m. and candidate statements are due by 4:30 p.m.


Friday March 18, 2022            Electronic voting period opens at 8:30 a.m.


Monday March 28, 2022          Election Day (electronic voting period closes at 4:30 p.m.)


Wednesday March 30, 2022     Declaration of election results posted

When will the election be held?

Electronic voting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022 and will close at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2022. The full election timeline is set out on the Senate Election webpage.

How many senators are to be elected and for what term length?

Senators (13) are to be elected for the following terms:

  • 12 senators to serve a three-year term (until the last day of Spring Convocation in 2025)
  • 1 senator to serve a two-year term (until the last day of Spring Convocation in 2024)

If the number of nominations received is equal to or less than the number to be elected, those nominated will be declared elected to Senate by acclamation. Those acclaimed will serve three-, two-, and one-year terms as available consistent with the order in which the nomination was received. (See Faculty Handbook 2: 3.4.5 (b))

If seats remain to be filled, those nominated will be acclaimed, the election date will be extended, and a call for further nominations will be issued. (See Faculty Handbook 2: 3.4.5 (c)).

If the number of nominations is greater than the number to be elected, a ballot will be distributed to all voters. The 13 candidates with the most votes will be elected for a three-year term, the next 3 candidates in order of standing will be elected for a two-year term, and the next 2 candidates in order of standing will be elected for a one-year term. (See Faculty Handbook 2: 3.4.7)

Who is eligible to vote?

In accordance with the Brock University Act, the Senate Bylaws set out in Section 2 of the Faculty Handbook, and the Senate Electorate Guidelines any member of the full-time teaching staff and any professional librarian is eligible to vote in the Senate Election, whether or not they are on leave at the time of the election. The definition of full-time teaching staff includes all teaching faculty members: tenure-track, probationary, limited term, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, research associates and assistants, and post-doctoral appointees as well as any employee engaged full time in the work of teaching or research.

As required by the election procedures set out in Faculty Handbook 2: 3.3, attached for review is the Senate Electorate List. This list was prepared by Human Resources in accordance with current job descriptions on file and compiled with the guidance of the University Secretariat and Elections Sub-Committee in accordance with the Senate Electorate Guidelines.

If any individual believes that they meet the definition outlined above but are not currently included in the Senate Electorate List, they may submit a request for inclusion to the Elections Sub-Committee via the Secretary of Senate by email at universitysecretary@brocku.ca. The request should outline how the individual meets the definition outlined above with reference to the Senate Electorate Guidelines and include any relevant documentation (e.g. job description, job posting, etc.).

Please review the list carefully and submit any requests, corrections, or objections to the inclusion, designation, or omission of any name on this list to the Secretary of Senate via email to universitysecretary@brocku.ca by 9 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022.

Who is eligible to serve on Senate?

Any member of the full-time teaching staff and any professional librarian is eligible to serve on Senate. Senate meets monthly from September to May, normally on a Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. More information on Senate is available on the Senate webpage.

How do you submit a nomination?

Nominations are now being accepted. The nomination form is attached and is also available on the Senate Election webpage.

Nomination forms must be signed by the candidate and at least four individuals eligible to vote in the election. Nomination forms will be accepted by the Secretary of Senate via email to universitysecretary@brocku.ca until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022.

All nominations must indicate that the candidate is willing to stand for election to Senate and understands that service as a Senator includes Senate committee service.

A candidate may submit a statement with a maximum of 200 words (no links) to provide the electorate with information. The statement will be posted on the Senate website, as received, to a maximum of 200 words (no links). The deadline for submitting a statement to the Secretary of Senate by email at universitysecretary@brocku.ca is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022.

How do you vote?

Electronic voting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022. All eligible voters will receive an email to their Brock email account with a link to a secure electronic ballot. Each voter may vote for as many candidates as there are vacancies.

Electronic voting will close at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2022. Ballots will not be accepted after this deadline.