May 28, 2004 Meeting Summary

Open Session

  • The Board Chair introduced and welcomed Daniel Pekarsky, attending his first Board meeting as a Order-in-Council member of the Board.
  • M. Geller, President and CEO, SFU Community Trust and D. Gillanders, Chair of the Trust's Board of Directors, gave an update on the status of the UniverCity Community.

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board approved that the Institutional Service Plan for 2004/05 to 2006/07, dated May 28, 2004, be signed by the Board Chair and President, and presented to the Ministry of Advanced Education.
  2. The Board approved the 2004/2005 Budget Finalization, including the Operating, Non Recurring, Indirect Cost of Research, Annual Capital Allowance, and Capital Equipment Acquisition Budgets.
  3. The Board approved the 2004/05 Capital Plan.
  4. Donations: the Board approved terms of reference and noted donations to new funds, and noted donations to existing funds, as follows:
MONTH NEW FUNDS EXISTING FUNDS
December 2003 $84,200.00 $1,323,244.29
January 2004 ------- $281,457.64
February 2004 $3,500.00 $631,378.86
March 2004 $11,600.00 $471,437.86
April 2004 $5,000.00 $1,662,656.02
The Board also received information that $1,200,000 had been received as partial payment of a $4,250,000 estate gift.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the proposal for a PhD Program in Earth Sciences.
  2. The Board approved a degree title change for the planning stream in the School of Resource and Environmental Management: Master of Resource Management (Planning).
  3. The Board approved a change in name for the Faculty of Arts to become the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, effective September 1, 2004.
  4. The Board approved the development of programs in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, leading to BA and BSc degrees in Interactive Arts and Technology, effective September 2004.
  5. The Board approved undergraduate admissions targets for 2004/05.
  6. The Board noted the development of the New Media Environments stream in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, the reinstatement of CRIM 440 in the School of Criminology, and undergraduate curriculum revisions in the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
  7. The Board noted Senate’s approval of the recommendations from the Undergraduate Curriculum Implementation Task Force, chaired by D. Krebs:
    • The implementation of University-wide Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth graduation requirements for students admitted to SFU for the Fall 2006 semester.
    • New admissions and continuation requirements pertaining to English competencies and writing skills, requiring applicants to SFU to demonstrate their competence in English language skills, effective in the Fall 2006 semester.
    • New admissions and continuation requirements pertaining to quantitative skills, effective in the Fall 2006 semester.
    • The creation of a Task Force or equivalent body to explore the establishment of a Student Learning Centre.
    • The development of new Foundational Writing Skills courses, effective in the Fall 2006 semester, for students admitted to SFU with low grades in English and/or low scores on a language proficiency test.
    • The development of new Foundational Quantitative Skills courses, effective in the Fall 2006 semester, for students with low grades in Mathematics.
  8. The Board approved the change in name of the Community Economic Development Centre to the Centre for Sustainable Community Development.
  9. The Board heard that a new Intellectual Property Policy R30.03, which replaces existing Policies R30.01 and R30.02, will go to Senate in June and to the Board for approval in July 2004.

C. Audit Committee

  1. The Report from the Office of the Auditor General was before the Board for information.
  2. The Board approved the Financial Statements of the University for the year ended March 31, 2004.
  3. The Internal Audit Report was before the Board for information.
  4. The Annual Insurance Report was before the Board for information.
  5. The Board heard that a Committee will be looking at the process for the selection of an Auditor for next year.

D. Other

  1. The Board Chair noted that the terms of Student Board members B. Bourke and T. Gregory have concluded and he thanked them for their contributions to the work of the Board.
  2. The Board heard a report from the President about his meetings in Asia in late April 2004.
  3. The Board heard that the University has no plans to seek an arrangement with a private company offering fast-track loans to students as reported in the CAUT Bulletin.
Closed Session

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board approved a revised budget for the construction of the Technology and Science Complex - Module I (TASC/I) and entering into a contract with Stuart Olson Construction Limited.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

    The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

    Dr. John Alderete Assistant Professor Linguistics 1 Jul 04-31 Aug 08
    Ms. Jing Li Instructor Business Administration 1 Aug 04 - 31 Aug 08
    Dr. Susan Brook Assistant Professor English 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Mr. David Jacks Instructor Economics 1 Sep 04 - 31 Aug 08
    Ms. Jenny Xu Instructor Economics 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Maxwell Donelan Assistant Professor Kinesiology 1 Jan 05 - 31 Aug 08
    Dr. Thomas Archibald Professor with tenure Mathematics 1 May 05
    Dr. Nick Hedley Assistant Professor Geography 1 Aug 04 - 31 Aug 08
    Dr. Elise Chenier Assistant Professor History 1 Jul 04 - 31 Aug 08
    Ms. Dana Symons Instructor English 1 Sep 04 - 31 Aug 08
    Dr. Chris Veld Assoc. Professor with tenure Business Administration 1 Jul 04
    Dr. Ramazan Gencay Professor with tenure Economics 1 Jul 04
    Dr. Margaret MacDonald Assistant Professor Education 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Nilesh Saraf Assistant Professor Business Administration 1 Aug 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Gerhard Gries NSERC IRC Professor Biological Sciences 1 Jun 04-31 May 09
    Dr. John Bowes Professor School of Interactive Arts & Technology 1 May 04-31 Aug 07
    Dr. Gwenn Flowers CRC Tier 2 & Assistant Prof. Earth Sciences 1 Jan 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Dan Gibson Assistant Professor Earth Sciences 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Mr. Andrew von Nordenflycht Instructor Business Administration 1 Aug 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Nancy Forde Assistant Professor Physics 1 Aug 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Byron Gates Assistant Professor Chemistry 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Peter Liljedahl Assistant Professor Education 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Jeffrey McGuirk Assistant Professor Physics 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Ms. Rosamund Stooke Instructor Education 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Cary Tsai Assistant Professor Statistics & Actuarial Science 1 Jul 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Olena Hankivsky Associate Professor Political Science 1 Jul 04-31 Aug 09
    Mr. John Maxwell Instructor Master of Publishing 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. Melanie O'Neill Assistant Professor Chemistry 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. John Nesbit Associate Professor Education 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 09
    Dr. Lisa Craig Assistant Professor Molecular Biology & Biochemistry 1 Jan 05-31 Aug 09
    Dr. Maite Taboada Assistant Professor Linguistics 1 Sep 04-31 Aug 08
    Dr. John Welch Associate Professor & CRC Tier 2 Archaeology/Resource & Environmental Mgt. 1 Jan 05-31 Aug 09
  2. Administrative Appointment

    • The Board approved the reappointment of Dr. Martin Laba as Director of the School of Communication for the term September 1, 2004 to August 31, 2007.


  3. Other

    • The Board approved the Professor Emerita designation for Dr. Meredith Kimball, Women’s Studies and Psychology, effective September 1, 2004.
    • The Board noted the resignation of Dr. Jonathan Borwein, Department of Mathematics.
    • The Board approved Contract Renewal, Tenure and Promotion recommendations for 2003/2004 as follows:

CONTRACT RENEWAL

FACULTY DEPT/SCHOOL NAME RANK
Faculty of Applied Sciences Communication Z. Druick Ass't Professor
Communication G.F. McCarron Ass't Professor
Computing Science P. Berenbrink Ass't Professor
Computing Science A.E. Kirkpatrick Ass't Professor
Computing Science D. Mitchell Ass't Professor
Computing Science E. Ternovska Ass't Professor
REM K.D. Rothley Ass't Professor
Faculty of Arts Criminology E.M. Elliott Ass't Professor
English J.D. Fleming Ass't Professor
Geography S. Dragicevic Ass't Professor
Gerontology H. Chaudhury Ass't Professor
Gerontology N. O'Rourke Ass't Professor
History R. Panchasi Ass't Professor
Linguistics C.H. Han Ass't Professor
Philosophy K.E. Laird Ass't Professor
Psychology A. Thornton Ass't Professor
Psychology B.W. Sokol Instructor
Faculty of Business Administration Business Administration M. Brydon Ass't Professor
Business Administration D.R. Hannah Ass't Professor
Business Administration J. Jermias Ass't Professor
Business Administration A.D. Pavlov Ass't Professor
Business Administration C. Zatzick Ass't Professor
Faculty of Education Education M. Hoskyn Ass't Professor
Faculty of Science Biological Sciences J. Mattsson Ass't Professor
Biological Sciences I. Novales Flamarique Ass't Professor
Chemistry H. Yu Ass't Professor
Mathematics S. Choi Ass't Professor
MBB F.S. Brinkman Ass't Professor
TENURE
FACULTY DEPT/SCHOOL NAME
Faculty of Applied Sciences Communication Y. Zhao
Computing Science Q. Gu
Computing Science M. Drew
Computing Science (joint with Philosophy) O.N. Schulte
Kinesiology S. Robinovitch
Faculty of Arts Contemporary Arts H. Daniel
Geography J. Hyndman
Humanities D. Mirhady
Philosophy (joint with Computing Science O.N. Schulte
Faculty of Education Education J. Sugarman
Faculty of Science Earth Sciences D.D. Marshall
MBB N. Harden
Physics M. Vetterli
PROMOTION
FACULTY DEPT/SCHOOL NAME NEW RANK
Faculty of Applied Sciences Computing Science Q. Gu Professor
Computing Science R. Krishnamurti Professor
Computing Science (joint with Philosophy O. N. Schulte Assoc. Professor
REM F. Gobas Professor
REM T. Gunton Professor
Faculty of Arts Contemporary Arts C. Browne Professor
Contemporary Arts H. Daniel Assoc. Professor
Economics C. Reed Professor
Humanities D. Mirhady Assoc. Professor
Philosophy (joint with Computing Science O.N. Schulte Assoc. Professor
Political Science A. Hira Assoc. Professor
Psychology B. Beyerstein Professor
Psychology D. Weeks Professor
Sociology/Anthropology G. Teeple Professor
Faculty of Business Administration Business Administration C. Collins-Dodd Assoc. Professor
Faculty of Education Education J.H. Sugarman Assoc. Professor
Faculty of Science Biological Sciences A. Kermode Professor
Chemistry N. Branda Professor
Chemistry D.B. Leznoff Assoc. Professor
Earth Sciences D.D. Marshall Assoc. Professor
MBB N. Harden Assoc. Professor
Physics B. Frisken Professor
Physics J. Sonier Assoc. Professor

C. Other

  1. The Board heard that the City of Vancouver is expected to select a developer of the Woodwards site by mid-July 2004.
  2. The Board approved awarding a construction contract to Edifice Construction for the Phase 1a fit-out of SFU Surrey, Central City.
  3. The Board approved the appointment of Dr. Warren Gill to the position of Vice President, University Relations, beginning September 1, 2004.
  4. The Board heard that discussions are ongoing with the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee concerning the site of the Olympic Oval and its long-term legacy.
  5. Other matters were discussed.

D. Confidential Session

  1. The Board approved a process for the Review of the President Prior to Re-appointment. This policy also requires the approval of Senate. When approved, it will become an appendix to Board Policy B 10.06 - Presidential Search Committee.
  2. Other matters were discussed.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. in Room 126 of the Halpern Centre, Burnaby Mountain Campus, on Thursday, July 22, 2004.

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