March 28, 2007 Meeting Summary
A. Finance and Administration
- Donations: The Board noted donations to new and existing funds as follows:
March 2005 (in holding account pending final terms of reference)
|January 2007 (including supplementary report)||
The Board approved the addition of a new section in each of the Board policies regarding questions of interpretation.
- The Board noted for information the Financial Year-to-Date Position through February 28, 2007.
- The Board approved the 2007/2008 Operating Budget, Tuition Fees, Student Services and Athletics and Recreation Fees (click here to access the pdf documents).
B. Academic Operations
- The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate:
- establishment of the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines as a Schedule B Institute reporting to the Vice-President, Academic;
- new Major, Minor and Honors programs in World Literature;
- new Joint Major and Joint Honors in Computing Science and Philosophy in the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, and Applied Science;
- new Global Health concentration within the M.Sc. in Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences;
- creation of the Children's Health Policy Centre as a Schedule A Centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences;
- the First Nations University-wide Strategic Plan; an annual progress report to the Board was requested;
- new Master's of Digital Media at Great Northern Way campus;
- revised M.B.A. program.
- The Board noted that external reviews have taken place in the Department of French, the School of Computing Science, and the Environmental Science program.
- The Board received for information the Annual Reports of the Senate Graduate Studies Committee and the Senate Library Committee.
- The Board approved the Faculty Renewal Plan for 2007/2008.
- The Board was informed that the Board Chair, Nancy McKinstry, was honoured with the SFU Business Impact Award at the Faculty of Business Administration/Business Administration Student Society annual banquet on March 22, 2007.
- The Board learned that the SFU Women's Basketball Team won the CIS National Women's Basketball Championship and the SFU Women's Cross-Country Team won the NAIA National Championship.
- The Board heard a brief report from the Chair of the Governance Committee about the issues discussed at the Governance Committee meeting of March 20, 2007. In preparation for a future presidential search, a review of Policy B10.06 - Presidential Search Committee - is underway. Any recommended revisions will require the approval of both Senate and the Board. The Governance Committee also reviewed the Board's bi-annual self-evaluation forms from 2006, and the annual Conflict of Interest Disclosure form.
- The Board was informed that on March 23, 2007, the University of Alberta's Board of Governors voted to eliminate mandatory retirement for academic staff at age 65.
- The Board heard that Professor Dennis Krebs, Psychology, was awarded a 3M Teaching Fellowship.
- The Board was informed that with regard to the results of the Canadian Undergraduate Survey Consortium questionnaire reported in the MacLean's Annual Guide to Canadian Universities, a detailed analysis of the data reveals a difference of only 1% between Nipissing University at the top and SFU in 8th position out of 28 institutions.
- The Board learned that the Ministry of Finance has no plans to change the reporting thresholds required under the Financiall Information Act, currently set at $75,000 for employee remuneration and $25,000 for supplier payments.
- The Board learned that Dr. Nigel Lockyer will replace Dr. Alan Shotter as Director of TRIUMF effective May 1, 2007.
- The Board heard a report on the following research-related matters:
Highlights of the 2007 Federal budget of potential benefit to SFU include:
- $510 million up to 2010 to the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI),
- $120 million in 2006/07 CANARIE Inc.. for its research broadband network,
- $10 million over the next 2 years to the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR) to help international students and researchers,
- $350 million in 2006/07 and the following 2 years to the Centres of Excellence in Commercialization and Research,
- $4.5 million over 2 years for a graduate internship program,
- $11 million in 2008/09 for the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program to accelerate the creation of new networks, of which SFU will receive $450,000/year for 2 years for a new international partnership initiative program under MITACS which will foster international collaboration,
- 10% increase in funding from 2008-2013 for the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS).
In the Human Frontiers of Science program, 6 awards in total, 3 of which involved SFU researchers:
- Dr. Erika Plettner, Chemistry, (team leader; $450,000/year for 2 years)
- Dr. Nancy Forde, Physics, (member of a four-person team; $450,000/year for 3 years)
- Dr. John Bechhoeffer, Physics, (member of a three-person team; $250,000/year for 3 years)
A. Finance and Administration
- The Board received for information a document summarizing the budget and funding sources for the Health Sciences Building (ASSC2).
- The Board received for information a Capital Design and Construction Program Status Report as at March 9, 2007.
B. Academic Operations
- Faculty Appointments
The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:
- Ms. Yupin Yang, Instructor, Business Administration, 1 Jul 07 - 31 Aug 11
- Dr. Matthew Garvert, Assistant Prof., Geography, 1 Aug 07 - 31 Aug 11
- Dr. Ash Parameswaran, reappointed J.L. Wighton Professor of Experimental & Laboratory Studies, Engineering Science, 1 Sep 04 - 31 Aug 09
- Dr. Vicki Lynn Kelly, Assistant Prof., Education, 1 May 07 - 31 Aug 11
- Dr. Ronda Arab, Assistant Prof., English, 1 Aug 07 - 31 Aug 11
- Dr. Mark Pickup, Assistant Prof., Political Science, 1 Sep 08 - 31 Aug 12
- Dr. Steven Weldon, Assistant Prof., Political Science, 1 Aug 07 - 31 Aug 11
- Dr. John O'Neil, Professor with tenure, Health Sciences, 1 Aug 07
- Dr. Eric Beauregard, Assistant Prof., Criminology, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 11
- Administrative Appointments
The following administrative appointments were approved and have been accepted:
- Dr. Tom Grieve, reappointed Chair, English, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 09
- Dr. John O'Neil, Dean, Health Sciences, 1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 12
The Board approved a transfer in home department from History to the Urban Studies Department with a joint appointment in both areas, effective 1 July 2007.
- The Board learned that a joint universities-ministry task force has been formed to make recommendations about criteria used to determine the elements of the quarterly financial forecast amounts and assumptions.
- The Board received the President's Activity Report for January and February 2007.
- Other matters were discussed.
The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2007 in Room 126 of the Halpern Centre, SFU Burnaby.