Academic Affairs Committee

  1. Vice-President and Principal - Professor Hargurdeep (Deep) Saini
  2. Vice Principal Academic & Dean - Professor Amy Mullin
  3. Vice Dean Graduate – Professor Amrita Daniere
  4. Vice Dean Undergraduate, Teaching & Learning - Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat
  5. Vice Principal Research - Professor Ulrich Krull
  6. Chair of Council - Professor Gordon Anderson
  7. Chief Librarian - Mary Ann Mavrinac
  8. Registrar - Diane Crocker
  9. Teaching Staff (one member from each department or interdisciplinary unit):
    Department of Biology –Professor Nick Woolridge (2010/11) – CHAIR
    Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences - Professor David McMillen
    (2010/2011)
    Department of Psychology - Professor Stuart Kamenetsky (2011-12)
    Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences – Professor Arnold
    Rosenbloom (2010/2011)
    Department of English and Drama – Professor Stanka Radovic (2010-2011)
    Department of Language Studies – Professor Arsalan Kahnemuyipour (2011-12)
    Department of Historical Studies – Professor Joan Simalchik (2011-12)
    Department of Philosophy - Professor Byeong-uk Yi (2011-12)
    Department of Anthropology - Professor Dave Smith (2011-12)
    Department of Economics - Professor Xianwen Shi (2010-11)
    Department of Geography - Professor Pierre Desrochers (2010/11)
    Department of Management – Professor Nicola Lacetera (2011-12)
    Department of Political Science - Professor Richard Day (2011-12)
    Department of Sociology - Professor Weighuo Zhang (2011-12)
    Department of Visual Studies - Professor Louis Kaplan (2011-12)
    Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology – Professor Tracey Bowen
    (2010-11)
  10. Full-Time Undergraduate Students (5)
    Sarah Israr (2011-12)
    Caroline Li (2011-12)
    Justin Singh Parhar (2011-12)
    Grace Carmen Yuen (2011-12)
  11. Part-Time Undergraduate Students (2)
    Maria Pilar-Galvez (2010-11)
  12. Administrative Staff member of Council (1)
    Devin Kreuger
  13. Graduate Student members of Council
    Kyla Ercit
    Sara Dasilva
  14. Assessor Members (Chairs of Subcommittees)
    Academic Appeals Board – Professor Stuart Kamenetsky
    Library – Professor Weighuo Zhang
    Humanities Curriculum Committee – Professor Bernard Katz
    Social Sciences Curriculum Committee – Professor Mikhel Tombak
    Sciences Curriculum Committee – Professor Sasa Stefanovic
    Graduate Curriculum Committee – Professor Amrita Daniere


Terms of Reference (from the UTM By-Laws)

III -5 ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE III -5.1 Membership

III -5.2 Function

The Academic Affairs Committee is responsible for consideration of policy in the academic area and for monitoring matters within its area of responsibility. In general, the Committee is concerned with matters affecting the teaching, learning and research functions of UTM. The Committee shall make recommendations to the Vice-President and Principal on issues and matters within its purview, and will approve, with Executive Committee confirmation as needed, recommendations within its areas of authority.

To approve on behalf of Council and subject to Executive Committee confirmation, major new admissions policies and practices or amendments to existing ones which will affect the campus-wide academic community subject to the approval of Governing Council. Minor amendments to the same may be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee and reported for information to Council.

To approve on behalf of Council and subject to Executive Committee confirmation, the establishment, termination or major amendment of policies on student awards and scholarships that are consistent with University-wide policies. Minor amendments to the same may be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee and reported for information to Council.
To approve on behalf of Council and subject to Executive Committee confirmation, changes to academic regulations and other matters affecting the UTM academic calendar..
To monitor on behalf of Council the content, quality, and requirements of the academic programs and courses of study that lead to degrees, diplomas, certificates, credits, and non- credit courses over which UTM has authority.

To recommend for approval to Council proposals for the establishment and disestablishment of academic programs.

To approve on behalf of Council minor modifications to existing academic programs, subject to Executive Committee confirmation, and report these to Council for information. To recommend for approval to Council major modifications to existing academic programs. Following approval by Council, all major modifications shall be reported annually for information to the appropriate body of Governing Council.

To recommend for approval proposals for the modification of existing diploma and certificate programs, pursuant to the University’s Policy on Diploma and Certificate Programs. An annual report on such actions as required by the Policy, shall be provided for information to the appropriate body of Governing Council.

To recommend for approval to Council transcript notations within existing degree programs, in accordance with University policy. An annual report on such actions as required by the Policy, shall be provided for information to the appropriate body of Governing Council.

To approve on behalf of Council and subject to Executive Committee confirmation, policy matters with respect to academic services (such as the Library). Such policies will be approved by the Committee and reported for information to Council.

To monitor on behalf of Council academic matters as may be required by general policy, as specified herein, or by resolution of the Executive Committee or by the Council. The Committee receives annual reports on matters within its purview, including reports on the following:

a) Reviews of academic units and programs;
b) The Office of the Registrar;
c) Research and Graduate activities;
d) Continuing Education;
e) Academic Discipline & Academic Appeals;
f) Library services

III -5.3 Subcommittees

a) Humanities Curriculum b) Sciences Curriculum c) Social Sciences Curriculum
Curriculum subcommittees shall consider the content, quality, and requirements of the academic programs and courses of study that lead to degrees, diplomas, certificates, and credit and non-credit courses over which UTM has authority. They shall conduct the initial review of proposals for new academic programs, the closure of any academic programs, major and minor modifications to existing programs, and any proposed course changes. They shall recommend these for approval to the Academic Affairs Committee.

The membership of the subcommittees consists of the department Chairs and/or the Directors of Interdisciplinary units and Institutes or their designates and the Chairs of the subcommittees are appointed by the Office of the Dean.

d) Graduate Curriculum Subcommittee (GCS)

The Graduate Curriculum Subcommittee (GCS) is responsible for the initial review and approval of changes to existing campus based, Master’s programs. The role of the GCS is to consider, review, approve and/or recommend to the Academic Affairs Committee, graduate curriculum matters, including program policy, new developments, program changes, and graduate courses to be included in the calendar and calendar submission. Following consideration by the GCS, the Academic Affairs Committee will have final approval authority over minor program changes, which will then be reported to Council for information; major program changes will be submitted to Council for approval, followed by Governing Council boards and Committees as appropriate

The membership of the GCS consists of the following: Dean of UTM, or designate (Chair) Dean of the School of Graduate Studies or designate (ex-officio, non-voting) Directors of campus-based Master’s programs 2 Graduate students (graduate students who also serve on the AAC) 3 Graduate faculty (1 from each of Humanities, Sciences & Social Sciences) appointed by the Dean

e) Academic Appeals Board (AAB)
The Academic Appeals Board (AAB) considers appeals against decisions of Committee on Standing (COS) with respect to petitions from undergraduate students relating to exemption from the application of academic regulations or standards pertaining to courses at UTM. The UTM Academic Appeals Board is chaired by a faculty member appointed by and from the members of the Academic Appeals Board. Appeals shall be heard by a panel comprising no more than 7 faculty members (including the Chair) drawn by the Secretary from a pool of 15 faculty members (one appointed by each UTM department) and two undergraduate student members, one full-time and one part-time (appointed on the recommendation of the Chair of the AAB). The AAB shall meet in camera.

f) Advisory Committee to the UTM Library
The function of the subcommittee is to provide input and play an advocacy role with respect
to library services; to be informed about the strategic direction and goals and objectives of
the UTM Library; and to make appropriate recommendations, through the Academic Affairs
Committee, on major policy matters to Council. The Committee shall concern itself with:
matters which pertain to the utilization of library collections and services; Policy and
resource matters which relate to collections, services and automation; matters which
contribute to the quality of service provided; and Academic priorities and programs which
have an impact on library collections and services; the relationship of the UTM Library in the
University of Toronto System, and beyond.

The membership consists of the following:
The Chief Librarian
2 faculty each from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences to be appointed by the
Dean.
2 graduate student representatives from UTMAGS, one of whom is a doctoral stream
student.
2 professional librarians to be selected on a rotational basis
2 undergraduate student representatives from UTMSU