Standing Committees are those committees whose terms of reference are included in Senate’s By-Laws. They have particular academic functions in University Governance, meet regularly to make recommendations on their areas of responsibility, and report annually to Senate.

Responsibilities assigned to the Executive Committee include the preparation of the agenda for each Senate meeting; acting between regular Senate meetings on matters of an administrative nature which would normally come to Senate but which require immediate decision; collecting and distributing the policies and procedures of Senate committees; and ensuring that Senate committees are completely and consistently described within the By-laws of Senate; and approving the graduation lists for all convocations. The terms of reference for the Executive Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.1).

Chair:
Dr. Joël Dickinson

Ex-Officio Members:
President, Dr. Joël Dickinson
Vice-President Academic and Provost, Dr. Lori Francis

Secretary of Senate:
Prof. Paula Crouse

Student Member:
Carson Cameron, President of the Students’ Union

Faculty Representatives (4):
Dr. Gabrielle Durepos:  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Cornelia Schneider:  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Corey Slumkoski:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Rhoda Zuk:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

The mandate of the Academic Appeals Committee is to receive, consider and decide in accordance with Senate policies student appeals of decisions on such matters as plagiarism and cheating, the alleged misapplication of university regulations, and other decisions that affect a student’s academic standing and status at the university. The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.2).

Chair: Dr. Douglas Whitaker

Ex-Officio Members:
Registrar, Stephanie Hale (non-voting)

Student Members:

Faculty Representatives (6):
Dr. Angela Birt, Arts & Science (Alternate): July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Karen Blotnicky, Professional Studies (Regular):  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Fred French, Education (Regular): July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Prof. Linda Mann, Professional Studies (Alternate):  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025 
Dr. Amna Mirza, Education (Alternate):  January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Douglas Whitaker, Arts & Science (Regular):  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

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

CAPP serves as consultant and advisor to the Senate on matters dealing with academic policy and planning. The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.3).

Chair:
Dr. Lori Francis

Ex-Officio Members:
Vice-President Academic and Provost, Dr. Lori Francis
Dean of Arts & Science, Dr. Carrie Dawson (July – December 2023, resuming May 1, 2024)
Acting Dean of Arts & Science, Dr. Derek Fisher (January 1, 2024 – April 30, 2024)
Dean of Professional Studies and Graduate Studies, Dr. Susan Trenholm 
Dean of Education, Dr. Antony Card
Director of Teaching and Learning, Vacant
Registrar, Stephanie Hale (non-voting)

Student Members:
Carson Cameron

Faculty Representatives (6):
Dr. Robert Bérard, Education: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Michelle Eskritt, Arts & Science, Senator:  January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Peter Mombourquette, Professional Studies:  September 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Fernando Nunes, Professional Studies:  January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Sarah Reddington, Professional Studies: January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Krista Ritchie, Education: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Martha Walls, Arts & Science:  January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024

 

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

Graduate Studies Program and Policy Committee is a sub-committee of CAPP, and serves as a consultant and advisor to that committee and to Senate on matters dealing with the graduate curriculum and the policies for the regulation of graduate programs. The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.3.1).

Chair:
Dr. Susan Trenholm

Ex-Officio Members:
Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Susan Trenholm
Registrar or Designate, Stephanie Hale
Dean of Education or Designate, Dr. Fred French: January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024

Student Member:
Suhnandany Goswami

Faculty Representatives (5):
Dr. Shannan Grant (GAHN): January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Janice Keefe (GFSG):  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Gavin Kernaghan, Arts & Science: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. DeNel Rehberg Sedo (GPRL):  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

Term Ended
Dr. Bohdan Luhovvy (GAHN): July 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

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

This subcommittee of the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP) serves as consultant and advisor to the Senate on matters dealing with undergraduate curriculum. The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.3.2).

Chair:

Dr. Antony Card

Ex-Officio Members:
Dean of Education, Dr. Antony Card

Dean of Arts & Science, Dr. Carrie Dawson (July – December 2023, resuming May 1, 2024)
Acting Dean of Arts & Science, Dr. Derek Fisher (January 1, 2024 – April 30, 2024)
Dean of Professional Studies, Dr. Susan Trenholm 
Registrar, Stephanie Hale


Resource:

Associate Registrar, Systems, Heather Standing
Manager, Centre for Academic Advising & Student Success, Erin Tomlinson


Student Member:
Carson Cameron

Faculty Representatives (5):
Dr. Adrian Downey, Education:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Roni Gechtman, Arts & Science: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Elsie Henderson, Professional Studies: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Arthur McCalla, Arts & Science: September 22, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Donna Varga, Professional Studies:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

The Committee on Appointment, Promotion and Tenure or Permanence for Academic Administrators is responsible for the academic assessment of administrators who are not members of the bargaining unit represented by the Mount Saint Vincent Faculty Association. In addition this committee makes recommendations to Senate about the awarding of the status of Professor Emeritus. The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.4).

Chair:

Dr. Lori Francis


Ex-Officio Members:

Vice-President Academic and Provost, Dr. Lori Francis

Faculty Representatives:

Dr. Christine Doe, Education: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Áine Humble, Professional Studies: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Jeffrey MacLeod, Arts & Science: January 25, 2023 – June 30, 2025

It is the responsibility of the Committee on Information Technology and Services to advise and recommend to Senate appropriate academic policies, guidelines, needs and priorities relating to the delivery of electronic information and network services at Mount Saint Vincent University. The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.5).

Chair: Dr. Juliette Valcke

Ex-Officio Members:
Director of Information Technology and Services, Dr. Karen Smyth
Director of Teaching and Learning or designate, Vacant

Student Member: Suhnandany Goswami

Faculty Representatives (7):
Dr. Robert Farmer, Professional Studies:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Phillip Joy, Professional Studies:  January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Karyn McLellan, Arts & Science:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Donovan Plumb, Education: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Librarian Alina Ruiz, Library:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Gerald Tembrevilla, Education:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Juliette Valcke, Arts & Science, Senator:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

The Library and Archives Committee is charged with advising the University Librarian and Senate on priorities and policies regarding library and archival resources and services at the university. The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.6).

Chair: Dr. Áine Humble


Ex-Officio Member:

Interim University Librarian, Denyse Rodrigues


Professional Librarian:
Dr. Nicole Slipp


Student Members:
Suhnandany Goswami


Faculty Representatives (6):
Dr. Conor Barker, Humanities/Social Sciences, March 10, 2023 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Lori Borgal, Sciences:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Nicholous Deal, Professional Studies, March 10, 2023 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Marnina Gonick, Education, Senator:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Áine Humble, Professional Studies:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Jamie Metsala, Education:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

The Nominations Committee is responsible for conducting nominations and elections by Senate and the Faculty Complement. The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.7).

Chair:
Lab Instructor Judy Fraser Arsenault

Ex-Officio Member:
Secretary of Senate, Prof. Paula Crouse

Faculty Representatives (5):
Dr. Danielle Cox, Arts & Science:  May 3, 2023 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Christine Doe, Education, July 10, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Lab Instructor Judy Fraser Arsenault, Professional Studies, Senator:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr.  Elsie Henderson, Professional Studies: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Maki Motapanyane, Arts & Science, January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026

Term Ended
Dr. Melissa McGonnell, Education:  July 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023

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

The Research and Publications Committee encourages research and publications within the university, acts as the peer review committee for the allocation of internal research funds, and advises Senate on research policy and priorities.   The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.8).

Chair:
Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan

Ex-Officio Member:
Associate Vice-President, Research, Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan

Faculty Representatives (8):
Dr. Michael Bowen, Education:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Kathy Darvesh, Science: January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Michelle Eskritt, Social Sciences:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Karen MacFarlane, Humanities:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. KelleyAnne Malinen, Social Sciences: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Librarian Alina Ruiz, Library: January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Amy Thurlow, Professional Studies: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Zachary Zimmer, Professional Studies: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026

Term Ended
Librarian Sandra Sawchuk, Library:  July 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023

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

It is the responsibility of the Student Experience Committee to advise Senate and the Associate Vice-President Student Experience on matters relating to enrolment, retention and the quality of student life. The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.9).

Chair:
Dr. Keltie Jones

Ex-Officio members:
Associate Vice-President Student Experience, Dr. Keltie Jones
General Manager, Students’ Union, Vacant
Director of Athletics and Recreation, Angela Barrett-Jewers
Manager, International Education Centre, Amy Braye
Manager, Residence Life, Todd MacDonald
Interim Transition & Retention Program Manager – Nicolle Bowes Cashen
Interim University Librarian – Denyse Rodrigues
Communications, Marketing and Student Recruitment Representative, Kelly Gallant

Student Members:
Carson Cameron, President of the Students’ Union
Deonté Elliott, Vice-President Student Life

Faculty Representatives (3):
Dr. Angie Birt, Arts & Science: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Sarah Reddington, Professional Studies: January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Larry Steele, Arts & Science:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

The overall role of the Committee on Teaching and Learning is to contribute to maintaining, fostering and appreciating excellence in teaching and learning at Mount Saint Vincent University.  The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.10).

Chair:  Dr. Krista Ritchie

Ex-Officio Members:
Vice-President Academic and Provost, Dr. Lori Francis
Representative, Teaching and Learning Centre, Dr. Leigh-Ann MacFarlane
Director of Teaching and Learning, Vacant

Teaching Award recipients:
–  Early Career: Prof. Lindsay Leighton
–  Part-Time: Prof. Kelly Kale
–  Advanced Career: Dr. Michelle Eskritt

Student Member: Sarah Elliott

Faculty Representatives (4):
Dr. Adriana Benzaquén, Arts & Science: March 31, 2023 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Shuyue Huang, Professional Studies: January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Krista Ritchie, Education: January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026

Lab Instructor Kevin Shaughnessy, Arts & Science, January 27, 2023 – June 30, 2025

Term Ended
Dr. Melissa McGonnell, Education:  July 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023

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

The mandate of the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships is to serve as consultant and advisor to the Senate on admission and scholarship policy matters. In addition, it allocates scholarships and bursaries to appropriate students. The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.11).

Chair:
Registrar, Stephanie Hale

Ex-Officio Members:
Registrar, Stephanie Hale
Associate Registrar of Admissions and Registration, Martine Staatsen-Kintziger
Financial Aid Coordinator, Alexa Goucher
Student Academic Advisor, Heather Maxwell
Associate Vice-President Student Experience, Dr. Keltie Jones
Manager of Student Recruitment, Jeremy Neilson

Resource:
Institutional Analyst, Isabelle Cormier
Undergraduate Student Rep, Koen Schlief

Faculty Representatives (6):
Prof. Rhonda Bursey, Professional Studies:  January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024
Lab Instructor Megan Fisher, Science: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Prof. Jennifer Guy, Professional Studies:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Amna Mizra, Education: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Lab Instructor Jillian Ruhl, Professional Studies, November 25, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Alexandra Tsedryk, Arts & Science:  March 31, 2023 – June 30, 2025

This committee is a consultant and advisor to Senate on matters relating to scholarships and assistantships for graduate students and to make recommendations on the allocation of funding according to the regulations of the University or relevant external funding agency.  The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.12).

Chair:
Dr. Susan Trenholm

Ex-Officio Members:
Dean of Graduate Studies (or designate), Dr. Susan Trenholm
Registrar’s Designate, Michelle Ball

Faculty Representatives (5):  
Dr. Angela Birt, Arts & Science: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Maya Eichler, GWGS: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Mary Jane Harkins, GEDU:  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Alla Kushniryk, GPRL: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, GEDU:  January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024

The mandate of the UREB is to review the ethical acceptability of research including approving, rejecting, proposing modifications to, or terminating any proposed or ongoing research involving human participants which is conducted within, or by members of, the institution using considerations set forth in the TCPS2 as a minimum standard. The UREB reports to Senate annually but is subject to the requirements of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, established by the Government of Canada’s Panel on Research Ethics.  The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.13).

Chair:
Dr. Daniel Séguin, January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Sara King, July 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Vice Chair:
Dr. Derek Fisher, July 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023
Dr. Sara King, January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024

External Community Members:
David Braha (to June 30, 2024)
Brianna Drover (to June 30, 2024)
Justin Hiltz (to June 30, 2025)

Ex-Officio Members:
Research Ethics Co-ordinator, Brenda Gagne
Member knowledgeable in the law, Vacant

Faculty Representatives (10):
Dr. Derek Fisher, Arts & Science: October 29, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Arron Fraser, Professional Studies:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Fred French, Education: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Áine Humble, Professional Studies:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Sara King, Education:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Christine Lackner, Arts & Science:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Ian Pottie, Arts & Science: January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Daniel Séguin, Arts & Science: January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026
Dr. William Shead, Arts & Science:  January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Patty Williams, Professional Studies:  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026

Term Ended
Dr. Mirwais Qaderi, Arts & Science:  July 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023

It is the responsibility of the Student Judicial Committee to hear and adjudicate cases brought under the Non-Academic Discipline Policy.  The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.14).

Chair:
Dr. Nargess Kayhani

Student Representatives:
Jackson MacIntyre
Grace MacInnis
Sarah Elliott (Alternate)
Jessie Taylor (Alternate) 

Faculty Representatives (2 + 2 Alternates):
Dr. Normand Gendron (Alternate):  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Nargess Kayhani (Regular):  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Jeff McKinnon (Regular):  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Ellen Shaffner (Alternate):  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026

It is the responsibility of the Student Judicial Appeals Committee to hear and adjudicate any appeals brought under the Non-Academic Discipline Policy.  The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.15).

Chair:
Dr. Stephen Perrott

Student Representatives:
Sarah Elliott
Jessie Taylor
Jackson MacIntyre (Alternate)
Grace MacInnis (Alternate)

Faculty Representatives (2 + 2 Alternates):  

Dr. Normand Gendron (Alternate):  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Prof. Maria Matthews (Regular):  January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Stephen Perrott (Regular):  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Dr. Ellen Shaffner (Alternate):  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026

 

The Writing Initiatives Committee is a sub-committee of the Committee on Teaching and Learning. Its purpose is to foster and promote writing initiatives that benefit all members of the Mount community with particular emphasis on student learning. “Writing initiatives” include university structures and activities related to the teaching, learning, study, and practice of writing.  The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.16).

Chair: Dr. Emily Ballantyne

Ex-Officio Members:

English Department Writing Coordinator, Prof. Krista Collier-Jarvis
Director of Teaching and Learning, or designate, Dr. Emily Ballantyne
Representative, Writing Centre, Clare Goulet
Representative, International Education Centre, Sarah Jacques
Representative, Committee on Teaching & Learning (by annual invitation),

Student Member: Suhnandany Goswami

Faculty Representatives (4):
Dr. Catherine Baillie-Abidi, Professional Studies, March 10, 2023 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Eddia Copeland Solas, Education:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Dr. Juliette Valcke, Arts:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Dr. Nicole Slipp, Library: September 22, 2023 – June 30, 2026