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Senate’s Role in University Governance

According to the University Charter, Mount Saint Vincent University is governed by a bi-cameral structure consisting of the Board of Governors and the Senate. The Board of Governors is charged with the fiduciary responsibility for governance, conduct, management and control of the University’s assets, and the Senate is the academic governing body of the Mount and is responsible for the academic policy of the University. It determines, in its own Senate-ByLaws, its composition, members’ terms of office, and internal procedures.

Senate Responsibilities

The Senate is responsible for the academic policy of the University and has statutory authority to regulate academic programs; set courses of study and standards for admission and continued enrolment; establish procedures for the evaluation of student performance; approve recipients of certificates, diplomas and degrees (including Honorary degrees); provide for the convening and conduct of convocations; determine fellowships, scholarships, bursaries, medals, prizes and other awards; be responsible for library policy; determine the academic qualifications for appointment and promotion of faculty; determine (subject to ratification by the University’s Board of Governors) the academic terms on which any faculty, school, institute, department, chair or course of instruction may be established or discontinued and on which any agreement for academic co-operation may be made with individuals or groups outside the University; regulate the conduct, activities and discipline of students, appoint committees (including executive) and delegate any powers it deems advisable, and exercise other functions, powers and duties conferred on it or assigned to it by the Board.

Senate Secretary

The Secretary of Senate is a non-voting member elected by Senate for a three-year term. The Secretary of Senate is normally the first person to contact with questions or issues about Senate or its work. For additional information concerning The Senate of Mount Saint Vincent University, contact Senate Secretary Professor Paula Crouse (Senate.Secretary@msvu.ca).

The President of the University serves as the Chair of Senate, and while the Senate is composed of ex-officio members, student representatives, and faculty, including librarians and full-time laboratory instructors, the faculty group forms the majority of its membership.

Ex Officio Members
President, Dr. Joël Dickinson, Chair
Vice-President Academic and Provost, Dr. Lori Francis
Vice-President Administration, Isabelle Nault
Dean of Arts & Science, Dr. Carrie Dawson 
Dean of Professional Studies, Dr. Susan Trenholm
Dean of Education, Dr. Antony Card
University Librarian, Jeannie Bail (as of August 9, 2024)
Registrar, Stephanie Hale Wills
Director of Teaching and Learning, Vacant
Associate Vice-President Research, Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan
Associate Vice-President Student Experience, Dr. Keltie Jones 
Faculty Association President, Dr. Tianyuan Yu
Mi’kmaq Member, L’nu Advisory Circle, John R. Sylliboy

Faculty Representatives (20)
Dr. Conor Barker: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027
Dr. Adriana Benzaquén: January 1, 2025 – June 30, 2027
Dr. Karen Blotnicky:  July 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
Prof. Rhonda Bursey:  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Eddia Copeland Solas: January 1, 2025 – June 30, 2027
Dr. Gabrielle Durepos:  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Michelle Eskritt: March 2, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Roni Gechtman:  January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2024
Dr. Marnina Gonick:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Shannan Grant: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027
Dr. Mary Jane Harkins:  March 2, 2023 – December 31, 2024
Dr. Elsie Henderson: January 1, 2025 – June 30, 2027
Dr. Svenja Huntemann: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027
Prof. Maria Matthews: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027
Dr. Melissa McGonnell: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027
Dr. Christine McLean: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Diane Piccitto: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027
Dr. Bernadette Russo: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027
Dr. James Sawler: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027
Dr. Mohammad Siddiquee: January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Gary Sneddon: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Larry Steele:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Amy Thurlow: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026

Note: Italics denote terms which do not include the entire academic year.

Student Representatives
President of Students’ Union  – Carson Cameron
VP Advocacy – vacant
Education Representative – vacant
Professional Studies Representative  – Koen Schlief
Vice President Research & Graduate Affairs – Simranpreet Kaur
Arts Representative – Meghna Minocha

Secretary of Senate
Prof. Paula Crouse:  July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027

 

Revised:  July 1, 2024