Minutes: ECC, December 6, 2012

Report of the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA ERINDALE COLLEGE COUNCIL held on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 3:10 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Room 3130, South Building.

Present:  G. Anderson (in the Chair), D. Saini, A. Mullin, B. Katz, L. Bailey, N. Woolridge, P. Donoghue, D. Crocker, I. Whyte, M. Overton, A. Burnett, C. Capewell, S. Elias, P. Goldsmith, D. Kreuger, J. Lim B. McFadden, L. Paris, A. Vyas, L. Brooks, I. Wiecek, E. Schumann, S. Virani, M. Tombak, H. Gunz, U. Schimmack, J. Parker, S. Stefanovic, S. Kang, A. Galasso, L. Barber, M. Berger, A. Birkenbergs, D. Coulson, R. Fonseca, L. Gaspini, M. Jamieson, S. Prior, Y. Tam-Seguin, V. Mahajan, S. Senese, I. Sheoran, C. Thompson, A. Ursel, Y. Youssef, A. Ansari, A. Chigboo, S. Elborno, S. Murtaza Hyder, S. Khan, N. Marchisio, E. Ogbe-Ogboyi, A. Ramboanga, G. Slobodian, L. Stasiw, H. Wakeel, G. Guo, S. Sumra, D. Di Censo, I. Still, M. Jalland, S. McCarthy
Regrets: K. Hannah-Moffat, U. Krull, L. Kramer

1.  Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting (November 12, 2012)

The report of the previous meeting was approved.

2. Reports of Standing Committees and Officers

a) Resource Planning & Priorities Committee: Report of the November 26, 2012 meeting – Professor Lee Bailey

The Resource Planning and Priorities Committee met on November 26, 2012 and received UTM’s four ancillary budgets of residence, food, conference and parking  services for approval.  These budgets were presented in detail, were discussed by the committee and then approved.  These budgets will be submitted to the January 14 meeting of Council for approval.  The budgets are available on the ECC website under the November agenda of RPPC, should members be interested in looking at them before the New Year.  The Committee also  approved the Centre for South Asian Civilizations and the Institute for Management and Innovation – these items will be presented to you for approval under the report of the Academic Affairs Committee.

b) Academic Affairs Committee: Report of the November 27, 2012 meeting – Professor Nick Woolridge

At the Academic Affairs Committee meeting held November 27, 2012, the committee heard a number of motions for major changes including a new institute, a new program, a new centre, graduate course changes, as well as the sciences, social sciences, and humanities curriculum committee reports.  These detailed curriculum committee reports have been made available on the Council’s web site with the agenda for this meeting. All three were approved by the AAC and are reported here for information.

Professor Woolridge summarized the changes in the three reports.  Notable in the reports are the changes to utmONE, which is part of UTM’s commitment to enhancing the first-year experience. utmONE is UTM’s first-year academic transition initiative and this year’s changes involve the introduction of a new set of courses, the utmONE seminars and utmONE Scholars’ Seminars. The existing series of workshops were replaced with theme-based, graded, half-credit courses in three fields (Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities). This change is consistent with a broader University of Toronto initiative to offer foundational year support to first-year students.

Highlights of the Humanities Curriculum report:
  • The Humanities report involved regular and annual “housekeeping” to ensure that the quality of UTM Humanities programs will be maintained. Particular attention was paid to proper guidance (clarifications, course description content, subject matter progression) in order to help students better understand their course selection.
  • Notable is the introduction of a freestanding minor in South Asian Studies housed in the Department of Historical Studies, which will be submitted for approval separately. This is a very promising program that calls on the experience and expertise of faculty members across UTM.
  • To enhance the learning experience of students, three engaging utmONE theme-based seminars were introduced. These include utmONE: Power and Danger of Art (UTM112), utmONE Scholars: The Drama of Politics (UTM190), and utmONE Scholars: Language, Culture, and Mind (UTM192)
  • A minor issue was raised at the AAC meeting relating to the apparent similarity of a newly proposed Classics course (CLA235H5 Ancient Visual Culture) to two existing Art History courses (FAH203H5 Greek Art and Architecture and FAH204H5 Roman Art and Architecture). Since the meeting, after some discussion by the departments involved, the situation has been resolved by adding mutual exclusions for those courses in their respective calendar entries.
  • Added: 5 full courses, 34 half-courses
  • Deleted: 0 full courses; 9 half-courses
  • Changes: 14 full courses; 45 half-courses
Highlights of the Sciences Curriculum report:
  • The Sciences Curriculum Committee did not propose any major changes for the school year 2013/14; there were no program additions and deletions.  Rather, a number of relatively small modifications were done in the category of “other program changes”.
  • A number of new courses were added to reflect new expertise to the departments provided by new hires or to reflect updates in the content of the field.  All resource implications stemming from these additions have been addressed with the Dean’s Office and resolved.
  • Two new utmONE courses were proposed; these were Tools of the Trade (UTM111) and Thinking Like a Scientist (UTM191), the latter course will be taught by Biology’s Prof. Linda Kohn.
  • Added: 1 full courses, 11 half-courses
  • Deleted: 0 full courses; 6 half-courses
  • Changes: 10 full courses; 87 half-courses
Highlights of the Social Sciences Curriculum report:
  • The Social Sciences Curriculum Committee report included no new or deleted programs.
  • The CCIT program is undergoing a “Program Area Name Change” from “Communication, Culture, and Information Technology” to “Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology”. The revised name better reflects the domain areas within the program, and it avoids the misrepresentation of the program as one primarily concerned with computing technologies. Students and faculty are supportive of this change.
  • There were numerous minor changes that reflect course description changes, renumbering, and changes to pre-or co-requisites.
  • Several new courses have been added to reflect the expertise of new hires or to reflect new developments in the field.
  • New utmONE courses were proposed, including utmONE: Building Global Justice (UTM110), as well as the previously mentioned utmONE Scholars: The Drama of Politics (UTM190), and utmONE Scholars: Language, Culture, and Mind (UTM192), which have joint social sciences and humanities designations
  • Added: 4 full courses, 29 half-courses
  • Deleted: 0 full courses; 7 half-courses
  • Changes: 21 full courses; 82 half-courses


The AAC also approved the Centre for South Asian Civilizations, the Institute for Management and Innovation and a New Free Standing Minor in South Asian Civilizations and two Graduate Curriculum changes. 

Professor Woolridge called on the Dean, Professor Amy Mullin to present the first of these three items for Council’s consideration.

i) Proposal for an EDU: B at the University of Toronto Mississauga: Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI) – Professor Amy Mullin, Vice-Principal Academic and Dean - For Approval

Professor Mullin explained that IMI is proposed as an EDU-B, with both a research and a teaching mission. As an EDU-B, faculty may hold budgetary cross-appointments to it, and it may offer programs. To begin, the programs that it will offer are postgraduate: the MMPA and DIFA programs, and the MBiotech program, but it will explore developing and offering interdisciplinary undergraduate programs. Its general research mission will be to facilitate and highlight research that brings together management with a particular profession, economic sector, or science (social or natural), especially that connected to innovation broadly conceived. Innovation as understood here includes innovation in social policy and the application of policy as well innovation in particular products, processes and services. She noted that what is proposed is an Institute of Management and Innovation rather than more narrowly an Institute of the Management of Innovation. Its teaching mission involves both graduate and undergraduate education, and it will offer some programs and support others, as outlined in the proposal. It is expected that it will heighten the profile of the programs under its umbrella, and may attract substantial interest from potential donors and our surrounding communities.

Professor Mullin noted that ECC members have been supplied with the text of an amendment to the original proposal presented to RPPC and AAC, an amendment that is regarded as very friendly by the Office of the Dean and which has been incorporated into the ECC proposal. The Department of Economics has been added to our list of supporting departments, and its faculty members in continuing positions have expressed unanimous interest in accepting non-budgetary cross-appointments to IMI. Many of them teach in UTM’s Commerce programs, offered jointly by Management and Economics; these are among the programs to be supported by IMI.

It is anticipated that IMI will provide a platform to bring undergraduate and graduate students in closer contact, to expose all of them to cutting edge research talks and symposia, and to allow enhanced opportunities for experiential learning.

It was duly moved and seconded,
Erindale College Council approve the establishment of the Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI) (EDU: B) as described in the attached proposal, effective July 1, 2013. (A. Mullin / M. Berger)

The motion was carried.

ii) Proposal for an EDU: C:  Centre for South Asian Civilizations (CSAC) - Professor Amy Mullin, Vice-Principal Academic and Dean - For Approval

Professor Mullin explained that the Centre for South Asian Civilizations has dimensions connected both to research and to teaching. It will serve as a hub to encourage interdisciplinary research on South Asian civilizations and the South Asian diaspora, drawing upon the strengths of UTM faculty, and providing enhanced ways to involve undergraduate students in that research. It will serve UTM’s educational mission by providing co-curricular experiential learning opportunities to students and support for the proposed Minor program in South Asian Civilizations.  As an EDU-C it will neither appoint its own faculty nor offer its own programs, so it will not offer the new freestanding Minor program to be discussed shortly. It will provide enhanced opportunities for experiential learning by bringing academics, cultural performers, and community groups on campus to engage both with students and with interested members of surrounding communities.

The university is grateful to have received a donation that will fund many of the activities of the Centre, such as its Talent on Campus program and Undergraduate Research bursaries. While the donation accumulates over a ten-year period, the Office of the Dean will provide start up support. The Centre’s distinctiveness includes its use of the UN Geoscheme definition of South Asia to include the Persianate connection, and major representation of the humanities in the faculty who will be connected with it. As a result of academic planning, new hires in South Asian are underway in Historical Studies and Political Science. They will add to existing hires in Anthropology (2), Historical Studies (7, divided into History, Religion, and Women’s/Gender Studies), Language Studies (1) and Visual Studies (1). In addition to the many UTM faculty members with research and teaching interests in South Asia, there is significant student interest in the study of South Asia. This proposal has been shared with the Centre for South Asian Studies at UTSG, and the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, UTSC and has their support.

It was duly moved and seconded,
Erindale College Council approve the establishment of the Centre for South Asian Civilizations (CSAC), an EDU: C, as described in the attached proposal, effective July 1, 2013.  (A. Mullin / B. Katz)

The motion was approved.

iii) Proposal for a New Freestanding Minor in South Asian Civilizations – Professor Amy Mullin, Vice-Principal Academic and Dean

The proposed minor focuses on the history, cultures, religions, languages, and socio-political developments of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Professor Mullin reported that there is significant student interest in the study of South Asia, evidenced by increase in UTM course enrolments and active and numerous student clubs. People of South Asian descent form a sizable minority of the GTA population, and the political, economic and cultural influence of South Asian countries is growing; this makes the minor a very valuable opportunity for our students to increase their global fluency.

A Minor in South Asian Studies is offered at the UTSG campus through the Centre for South Asian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs.   However, the UTSG program differs from our proposed Minor in the broader UTM definition of South Asia, discussed above with respect to the proposal for C-SAC, and the UTM program will have a more significant focus on scholarship in the Humanities, including Languages. The Department of Humanities at UTSC offers a Minor program in Global Asia Studies, which is geographically much broader than the program proposed here.  The preponderance of courses in UTSC’s program is focused on East Asia. These programs are sufficiently distinct. UTM will be the only university in Canada where students can study both Sikhism and Zoroastrianism.

The proposed new Minor will allow students to draw upon a broad range of disciplines and relevant language courses will be electives within it. In order to complete the program, students will be required to take a total of 4.0 FCEs in at least two distinct disciplines: History (HIS), Religion (RLG), Women and Gender Studies (WGS), Diaspora and Transnational Studies (DTS), Political Science (POL), Language Studies (LAN), Visual Studies (VCC, CIN, FAH), Sociology (SOC), and Anthropology (ANT). The program has a list of core courses that will count towards it, along with secondary courses that may count towards it depending on the focus of the individual course or the nature of the students’ program of study. UTM has a significant number of faculty teaching courses in the area across a wide range of departments, and is currently hiring two more tenure stream faculty members, as mentioned with respect to the C-SAC proposal. The program will be housed in the Department of Historical Studies and associated with abovementioned new Centre for South Asian Civilizations (C-SAC), with administrative support from the Department of Historical Studies.

It was duly moved and seconded,
Erindale College Council approve the New Freestanding Minor in South Asian Civilizations as described in the attached proposal, effective September 1, 2013. (A. Mullin / S. Virani)

The motion was carried.

iv) Graduate curriculum changes – Professor Bernard Katz, Vice-Dean Graduate (acting)  For approval

I) BTC 1840:  Patent Law for Life Sciences

Professor Katz explained that the Faculty of Law presently offers LAW524H1S Patent Law for the Life Sciences, however, this course only permits students registered within the Faculty of Law to enroll. In order for graduate-level Life Sciences students to register in this course they require a dedicated course code to facilitate this registration. The creation of BTC1480H Patent Law for Life Sciences will enable graduate-level Life Sciences students such as the MBiotech students, to register appropriately. In addition to enabling graduate-level life sciences students to register, BTC1480H allows the facilitation and administration of this course by MBiotech administrators.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT Erindale College Council approve changes to BTC1840 Patent Law for Life Sciences as described in the attached proposal effective January 1, 2013.  (B. Katz/S. Prior)

The motion was carried.

II)  MGT2260H:  Management Control

Professor Katz referred members to the detailed proposals and explained that the proposed change is a reduction in the course weight for MGT2260H from 0.75 to 0.50 as a result of a reorganization of three courses (MGT1222H & MGT2261H both of which are weighted at 0.50) within the program.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT Erindale College Council approve changes to MGT2260H Management Control as described in the attached proposal effective immediately. (B. Katz / L. Paris)

The motion was carried.

3.  Vice President and Principal’s Report

With a look back at the previous year, Professor Saini noted a number of UTM accomplishments worthy of celebration.

He highlighted the launch of UTM’s Boundless campaign, which launched with half of its target already realized from several major gifts, including one from entrepreneur and philanthropist Vasu Chanchlani, whose $2 million donation has made possible the creation of the Centre for South Asian Civilizations members heard about earlier. 

Another project that will be an anchor in the Boundless campaign is the Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI). 

UTM’s enrollment saw a large increase in international students, with this year’s cohort at just under 20% (last year it was 15%).  This group is a very diverse population representing over 20 countries.

Professor Saini reported that UTM has had a great year in faculty searches, with an 85% success rate.

Professor Saini concluded his report by showing a presentation and architectural renderings of ongoing and upcoming capital projects, such as the Kaneff Centre and North Building renovation projects.

Professor Saini expressed his thanks to all members of the UTM community for their hard work and efforts on behalf of the university and wished everyone a Happy Holiday Season.

The Chair announced that the next meeting of Council will be on Monday, January 14, 2013 to consider the ancillary budgets. 

The meeting adjourned at 3:34 p.m.  (S. McCarthy/S. Prior)


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