Report: Agenda Committee - September 24, 2020

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Via Virtual Meeting

REPORT NUMBER 268 OF THE AGENDA COMMITTEE
Thursday, September 24, 2020

To the Academic Board,
University of Toronto

Your Committee reports that it held a virtual meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. with the following members present:

PRESENT: Nicholas Terpstra, Chair; Douglas McDougall, Vice-Chair; Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost; Markus Bussmann; Samantha Chang; Richard Hegele; Ernest W.N. Lam; Jan Mahrt-Smith; Susan McCahan; Nicholas Rule

SECRETARIAT:
Tracey Gameiro, Secretary, Agenda Committee

IN ATTENDANCE:
Archana Sridhar, Assistant Provost, Office of the Vice-President and Provost; Mark Schmuckler, Vice-Provost Academic Programs, UTSC


The meeting was held in Closed Session

  1. Chair’s Remarks

    The Chair welcomed members to the first meeting of the Committee for 2020-2021.

    The Chair then provided an overview of the Committee membership, function, and procedures. He noted that background materials were available on the Committee’s Resources section of the governance portal, as well as on the Committee’s website.

    Approvals by Electronic Ballot

    The Chair noted that prior to the Committee’s first meeting, there had been a need, because of time constraints, to consider several academic administrative appointments by means of electronic ballot. He read the resolutions of July 6, 2020 and August 5, 2020.

    YOUR COMMITTEE APPROVED

    the following academic administrative appointments

    On July 6, 2020

    INNIS COLLEGE

    - Professor Charlie Keil Principal July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2026 [extension; including one year of administrative leave]

    On August 5, 2020

    FACULTY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

    - Professor Scott Prudham Acting Graduate Chair Department of Geography & Planning August 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020

    - Associate Professor Janet Poole Chair and Graduate Chair Department of East Asian Studies July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2027 [including a one-year leave]

  2. Report on Approvals under Summer Executive Authority

    The Chair reminded members that on June 25, 2020, the Council approved the annual delegation of authority to the President to act on behalf of the Governing Council during the summer months. The Chair advised members that no matters within the Committee’s authority were approved under Summer Executive Authority which had now concluded.

  3. Calendar of Business and Terms of Reference

    The Committee reviewed the 2020-2021 Agenda Committee Calendar of Business. The Chair then reviewed the Committee’s Terms of Reference. He noted that much of the work undertaken by the Agenda Committee involved confirmation of the Academic Board agenda and approval of Academic Administrative Appointments. He encouraged members to review the Terms of Reference if they had not already done so.

  4. Academic Board – Review and Approval of Agenda – Thursday, October 8, 2020

    The Committee reviewed and confirmed the agenda for the October 8, 2020 Academic Board meeting.

    The Board’s agenda focused on the Report of the Vice-President and Provost, as well as revisions to the Policy and Procedures on Employment Conditions for Part-time Academic Staff. The Report of the Provost would provide members with an update on the impact of COVID-19 on the budget, student enrolment, academic continuity, and safety planning for on-campus activities.

  5. Approval of the Report of the Previous Meeting

    Report 267 from the meeting of June 24, 2020, was approved.

  6. Business Arising from the Report of the Previous Meeting

    There was no business arising from the Report of the previous meeting.

  7. Date of the Next Meeting – Thursday, November 5, 2020

    The Chair advised members that the Committee would next meet on Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

  8. Other Business

    There were no items of other business.


The Committee moved IN CAMERA.

  1. Appointments: 2020-2021 Striking Committee

    The Chair reviewed the responsibilities of the Striking Committee and the process for establishing its membership.

    On motion duly moved, seconded and carried

    YOUR COMMITTEE APPROVED

    THAT the following members of the Academic Board be appointed to the 2020-2021 Striking Committee of the Academic Board for a term from effective immediately to June 30, 2021.
    • Grase Kim, administrative staff member
    • Eric Stubbs, alumnus
    • Samantha Chang, student
  2. Academic Administrative Appointments

    On a motion duly moved, seconded and carried

    YOUR COMMITTEE APPROVED

    The following academic administrative appointments.

    LESLIE DAN FACULTY OF PHARMACY

    - Associate Professor Teaching Stream Jamie Kellar Associate Dean, Academic October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA

    -Associate Professor Holger Schott Syme Interim Chair, Department of English and Drama October 16, 2020 to June 30, 2021


THE COMMITTEE RETURNED TO CLOSED SESSION.


The meeting adjourned at 3:37 p.m.

September 25, 2020