Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Grad reps needed for university committees (volunteer opportunity)

There are currently several University committees that have space available for undergraduate and/or graduate students to be involved as student representatives and participate in the decision making processes of those committees. This is a valuable opportunity for anyone who wants to gain experience networking with others from various sectors of the University, and collaborating with those individuals to work toward a particular goal. Through participating on any of these committees you may be able to acquire references for future job opportunities and help expand your list of skills for your resumé.

If you are interested in any of the positions below, please let me know and I will nominate you, and any other interested student, for that position at the next SFSS Board meeting this week. Depending on interest and the urgency to fill the vacancies, we may wish to appoint students at the Board meeting this week, or we may choose to keep the nominations open until the next Board meeting two weeks from now. If students in your DSU or caucus are interested and have questions about a given committee please feel free to forward their queries onto myself.

The list of committees is as follows:

1. Student Learning Commons Advisory Committee:
*(Need: 2 undergrads and 1 grad)*

Dean of Library Services (Chair)
Director, Student Learning Commons
Director, University Curriculum
Dean of Graduate Studies
Representative from each faculty
SCUTL representative (declined – SLC Director now a rep on SCUTL) *senate committee*
2 Undergraduate students
Graduate student
Librarian representative
Student Services rep

Terms of Reference:
Advises the Dean of Library Services on matters relating to the operation of the Student Learning Commons and the liaison between the Student Learning Commons and academic programs. The areas of advice include the following:
  • monitor the continuing progress relating to the Student Learning Commons mandate, reviews and initiatives.
  • provide advice re liaison activitives between the Student Learning Commons and academic programs
  • review Student Learning Commons performance data
  • review major changes in Student Learning Commons programmes or operations
It is expected that the Student Learning Commons Advisory Committee will meet twice a year.

2. Student Learning Commons Articulation Committee
* (Need: 1 undergrad, 1 grad)*

Chair: Director, Student Learning Commons
Student Learning Commons Writing Coordinator
Student Learning Commons Learning Coordinator
Yosef Wosk Student Learning Commons (Surrey) Coordinator
Peer Educator representative
SFU Vancouver representative (Belzberg Head?)
Head of Library Reference
Information Commons coordinator)
HCC representative
Foundations of Academic Literacy representative
Foundations of Academic Numeracy representative
Writing Intensive Learning Office representative
Academic Computing Services representative
Graduate student representative
Undergraduate student representative

Terms of Reference:
  • share information, create partnerships, develop and present joint programs,
  • monitor referral processes and resolve problems,
  • share and co-ordinate surveys and other assessment tools,
  • create and maintain common web gateway to services,
  • review Student Learning Commons annual reports and planning documents.
It is expected that the Student Learning Commons Co-ordinating Committee will meet once per semester.

3. Phase 2 Task Force on Academic Structure
*(Need: 1 undergrad, 1 grad)
NOTE: This committee was discussed during the last Forum meeting in December.

Membership: (in consultation with the Senate Committee on University Priorities - SCUP)
Chair: John Waterhouse, Vice-President, Academic
Special Projects Advisor: Sue Roppel
Secretary, Sharon Eng
Paul Budra, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Charmaine Dean, Faculty of Science
Jane Friesen, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Frank Gobas, Faculty of Applied Sciences
Bob Krider, Faculty of Business Administration
Craig Janes, Faculty of Health Sciences
Jack Martin, Faculty of Education
Graduate Student Representative
Undergraduate Student Representative

In December 2006, the Faculty Structure Task Force concluded that the University should proceed with the "careful reflection, analysis, andimagining of whether there are alternative configurations in some areas of the University that might lead to better recognition and actualization of the values, strategic priorities, and vision of the University for the future". Senate approved the four recommendations of the Faculty Structure Task Force including the creation of a Phase 2 Task Force on Academic Structure, the mandate and principles of assessment for the Phase 2 Task Force and a procedural framework for conducting its analysis.
It is with great pleasure that I now announce the establishment of the Phase 2 Task Force on Academic Structure. The Phase 2 Task Force has been mandated to:
  1. Consider and evaluate proposals from the University community as well as those developed by the Phase 2 Task Force itself, and following exploration and consultation with the University community, recommend to Senate an overall academic unit configuration for Simon Fraser University;
  2. Consider and evaluate the coherence, roles, responsibilities, functions, administrative requirements, costs, and terminology of the structural building blocks employed at Simon Fraser University (i.e. programs, schools, departments, centres, and institutes) and, following exploration and consultation with the University community, recommend to Senate a strategy that will provide definitional clarity, administrative effectiveness, and appropriate differentiation among these structures; and,
  3. Consider and evaluate the University's effectiveness in incubating, facilitating, and supporting interdisciplinary research and programming, and, following exploration and consultation with the University community, recommend structural and/or policy changes that will enhance interdisciplinary innovation in the future.
The Phase 2 Task Force will endeavour to complete its work by November 30, 2007.

The Phase 2 Task Force on Academic Structure will operate in an open, transparent, and collegial manner and will keep you informed of our progress and thinking as we proceed with the activities of our mandate. We
will assess proposals for organizational change comprehensively against the eight principles of assessment approved by Senate. A "Call for Submissions" inviting academic units to make proposals for alternative unit
configurations within the University will be issued within the next few days.

The work of the Phase 2 Task Force on Academic Structure must be seen as a work of partnership with academic units and community members across the University. We must all seek to be objective, explorative, and imaginative as we aim to design and build a future for the university that will enable us to embrace change as opportunity and confirm our reputation, in all areas of the university, as the best research comprehensive University in the country.

To learn more about the Phase 2 Task Force on Academic Structure please refer to its web site:

4. Human Rights Policy Board
*(Need: 1 undergrad)*

Chair, Vice-President, Legal Affairs
Vice-Chair, 1-year term
3 Faculty Members appointed by Vice-President, Legal Affairs, for 3-year terms
2 Graduate Student Members, 1-year term
1 Undergraduate Student Member, 1-year term

Terms of Reference:
  1. To provide policy advice to the Vice President, Legal Affairs, concerning the implementation of the Human Rights Policy.
  2. To consider appeals from a decision made by the Chair of the Human Rights Policy Board that a complaint not proceed to investigation. The Committee will meet without the Chair to consider such appeals.
  3. To review and comment on the annual calendar year report of the Human Rights Office and to transmit it to the Vice President, Legal Affairs, by March 31st of the following year.
  4. The Human Rights Policy Board is also available as an advisory resource for the Director, Human Rights & Equity.
The Board will meet once each semester and at the call of the Chair.

Please contact me if you are interested in any of these committees, or if you need more information about them.

Best Regards,

Andrea Sandau
University Relations Officer
Simon Fraser Student Society
Canadian Federation of Students Local 23