Senate Committee on University Priorities

Standing (Reporting Category "A")

Last Updated July 14, 2020
Members Conditions Term Expiry Date Name
Vice-President, Academic Chair, Ex-officio     Jon Driver
Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (or designate) Ex-officio     Jeff Derksen
Dean Selected by the Deans and
the University Librarian
Representation rotated on a two-year basis May 31, 2021 Julia Denholm
Dean May 31, 2022 Eugene Fiume
Dean May 31, 2022 Jane Pulkingham
Vice-President, Research Ex-officio     Joy Johnson
Associate Vice-President, Academic Ex-officio (non-voting)     Wade Parkhouse
Registrar and Executive Director,
Student Enrolment (or designate)
Ex-officio (non-voting)     Rummana Khan Hemani
Faculty Senator (Applied Sciences) Elected By Senate *
2 years May 31, 2022 Glenn Chapman
Faculty Senator (Arts and Social Sciences) 2 years May 31, 2022 Gord Myers
Faculty Senator (Bus. Admin.) 2 years May 31, 2022 Peter Tingling
Faculty Senator (Communication, Art
& Technology)
2 years May 31, 2021

Chris Shaw

Faculty Senator (Education) 2 years May 31, 2021 Daniel Laitsch
Faculty Senator (Environment) 2 years May 31, 2022 Tracy Brennand
Faculty Senator (Health Sciences) 2 years May 31, 2021  
Faculty Senator (Science) 2 years May 31, 2021 Charles Walsby
Undergraduate Student Senator Elected by Senate 1 year May 31, 2021 Alan Wong
Undergraduate Student Senator 1 year May 31, 2021 Samad Raza
Undergraduate Student Senator 1 year May 31, 2021 Abhishek Parmar
Undergraduate Student Senator(Alternate) 1 year May 31, 2021  
Graduate Student Senator 1 year May 31, 2021  
Graduate Student Senator (Alternate) 1 year May 31, 2021  
Convocation Senator Elected by Senate 3 years May 31, 2023 Stephen Spector
Director, Office of Institutional Research and Planning Ex-officio (non-voting)     Zareen Naqvi
Chief Information Officer Ex-officio (non-voting)     Mark Roman
Director, University Curriculum Secretary ex-officio (non-voting)     Kelli Whittle
Coordinator, University Curriculum
Recording Secretary ex-officio (non-voting)     Jill Sutherland 

* In the event that a Faculty Senator is unable to attend a meeting of SCUP, the Faculty Dean is authorized to appoint a replacement.

NOTE: In general an "alternate" member is invited to attend meetings when a regular member is not available. Please confirm the role of the alternate member on this committee with the committee secretary.

2020 Meeting Schedule

SCUP meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 2:00 - 4:00 in AQ 6106. Occasionally meetings may be cancelled so please confirm meeting dates with Recording Secretary, Jill Sutherland, at ucil@sfu.ca. 

Date of Meeting (2020)
Material Deadline Distribution Date
January 8, 2020 December 13, 2019 January 2, 2020
January 22, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 16, 2020
February 5, 2020 January 24, 2020 January 30, 2020
February 19, 2020 February 7, 2020 February 13, 2020
March 11, 2020 February 28, 2020 March 5, 2020
April 22, 2020 April 9, 2020 April 16, 2020
May 13, 2020 May 1, 2020 May 7, 2020
June 3, 2020 May 22, 2020 May 28, 2020
July 15, 2020 July 3, 2020 July 9, 2020
September 9, 2020 August 28, 2020 September 3, 2020
September 23, 2020 September 11, 2020 September 17, 2020
October 7, 2020 September 25, 2020 October 1, 2020
Octobr 21, 2020 October 9, 2020 October 15, 2020
November 4, 2020 October 23, 2020 October 29, 2020
November 18, 2020 November 6, 2020 November 12, 2020
December 2, 2020 November 20, 2020 November 26, 2020

2021 Meeting Schedule

SCUP meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 2:00 - 4:00 (Room - TBD). Occasionally meetings may be cancelled so please confirm meeting dates with Recording Secretary, Jill Sutherland, at ucil@sfu.ca. 

Date of Meeting (2021)
Material Deadline Distribution Date
January 6, 2021 December 11, 2020 December 18, 2020
January 20, 2021 January 8, 2021 January 14, 2021
February 3, 2021 January 22, 2021 January 28, 2021
February 17, 2021 February 5, 2021 February 11, 2021
March 10, 2021 February 26, 2021 March 4, 2021
April 21, 2021 April 9, 2021 April 15, 2021
May 12, 2021 Aoril 30, 2021 May 6, 2021
June 2, 2021 May 21, 2021 May 27, 2021
June 16, 2021 June 4, 2021 June 10, 2021
July 14, 2021 July 2, 2021 July 8, 2021
September 8, 2021 August 27, 2021 September 2, 2021
September 22, 2021 September 10, 2021 September 16, 2021
October 6, 2021 September 24, 2021 September 30, 2021
Octobr 20, 2021 October 8, 2021 October 14, 2021
November 3, 2021 October 22, 2021 October 28, 2021
November 17, 2021 November 4, 2021 November 10, 2021
December 1, 2021 November 19, 2021 November 25, 2021

Quorum - Six Members

Committee meetings normally are scheduled monthly on Wednesday at 2pm with adjournment not later than 5pm.

SCUP reports to Senate in May of each year.

Terms of Reference

  1. To be responsible for the operation of the system of academic planning established in the Senate Guidelines for Academic Plans.
  2. To recommend the priorities that should be attached to the central allocation of resources required to implement approved new programs and strengthen existing programs.
  3. To review and approve letters of intent for submission to the provincial program review process.
  4. To consider and make recommendations to Senate on proposals for new undergraduate and graduate programs and the discontinuance of programs.
  5. To be responsible for the operation of the system of external review of academic units set out in the Senate Guidelines for External Reviews.
  6. To receive and review recommendations for the establishment and disestablishment of academic departments and research units, and centres and institutes under Policy R40.01, and forward recommendations to Senate.
  7. To provide advice to the President on the annual operating budget, annual capital budget, and Five Year Capital Plan before they are submitted to the Board of Governors for their approval. In carrying out this responsibility, SCUP will:
    1. Maintain an overview and familiarity with the operating and capital funds of the University, with the current financial environment, and with financial opportunities and constraints impacting the University.
    2. Consult with the university community concerning the preparation of the operating and capital budgets.
    3. Have provided to it confidential and non-confidential budgetary and related documentation as required to assist in the conduct of its work. (Guidelines for SCUP budget considerations - see Senate Paper S.01-29.)