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Senate

Roles and Responsibilities

Senate is the senior academic governing body at Kwantlen Polytechnic University constituted under the University Act

The Act provides for establishment of special purpose teaching universities with bicameral governance.The academic branch is known as Senate and has powers and duties including:

  • setting criteria for awarding certificates, diplomas and degrees, including honorary degrees;
  • setting curriculum content for programs;
  • setting qualifications for admission;
  • setting criteria for academic standing, academic standards and the grading system;
  • setting policies and procedures for appeals by students on academic matters and establishing a final appeal tribunal for these appeals.

Additionally, Senate has the mandate to advise the Board of Governors on matters including:

  • educational goals, objectives, strategies and priorities of the University;
  • establishment, revision or discontinuance of courses and programs;
  • priorities for implementation of new programs;
  • establishment or discontinuance of Faculties;
  • evaluation of programs and educational services;
  • library and resource centres;
  • setting of the academic schedule;
  • qualifications for faculty members.

Senate Bylaws

Membership Composition

The composition of Senate is defined by the University Act.

  • Chancellor
  • President & Vice Chancellor (Chair of Senate)
  • Vice President, Academic
  • Deans of Faculties
  • Chief Librarian
  • Registrar (non-voting)
  • Faculty Senators (two from each Faculty)
  • Student Senators (four)
  • Alumni Senator
  • Professional Support Staff (two)
  • Board Appointee (non-voting)

Faculty, Student and Professional Support Staff are elected for three-, one- and three-year terms, respectively.

Alumni Senator is nominated by the Alumni Association for a three-year term.

Professional Support Staff are elected from and by members of the University community at large.  This group includes all employees who are not faculty members, deans or officers of the University.

2017 / 2018 Senators

MEMBERS ROLE TERM END
George Melville Chancellor Ex officio
Alan Davis President and Chair Ex officio
Sal Ferreras Provost and Vice President, Academic Ex officio
Zena Mitchell University Registrar and Secretary, non-voting Ex officio
Todd Mundle University Librarian Ex officio
DEANS    
Patrick Donahoe Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement Ex officio
Diane Purvey Faculty of Arts Ex officio
Jane Fee Faculty of Educational Support and Development Ex officio
David Florkowski Faculty of Health Ex officio
Elizabeth Worobec Faculty of Science and Horticulture Ex officio
Vacant   Ex officio
Wayne Tebb School of Business Ex officio
Carolyn Robertson Wilson School of Design Ex officio
STUDENT SENATORS    
Murdoch De Mooy   August 31, 2018
Amanda Grey   August 31, 2018
Sonja Kreuzkamp   August 31, 2018
Michael Wong   August 31, 2018
FACULTY MEMBERS    
Denise Nielson Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement August 31, 2019
Chris Traynor Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement August 31, 2020
David Burns, Vice Chair Faculty of Arts August 31, 2018
Wayne Fenske Faculty of Arts August 31, 2018
Angela Ryan Faculty of Educational Support and Development August 31, 2018
Renu Seru Faculty of Educational Support and Development August 31, 2018
Harleen Deol Faculty of Health August 31, 2020
Leeann Waddington Faculty of Health August 31, 2019
Jennifer Au Faculty of Science and Horticulture August 31, 2019
Stan Kazymerchyk Faculty of Science and Horticulture August 31, 2018
Bob Davis Faculty of Trades and Technology August 31, 2019
Tom Westgate Faculty of Trades and Technology August 31, 2020
Chamkaur Cheema School of Business August 31, 2018
David Sale School of Business August 31, 2020
  Wilson School of Design  
Paola Gavilanez Wilson School of Design August 31, 2020
PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT STAFF    
Herbie Atwal Manager, Academic Advising August 31, 2019
  Vacancy  
REPRESENTATIVES    
Tahir Joseph Alumni Association August 31, 2020
Sarbjeet Sarai Board of Governors August 31, 2018

2017 / 2018 Meeting Schedule

Location: Surrey Cedar Board Room 2110

Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

SUBMISSION DEADLINE MEETING DATE AGENDA PACKAGE APPROVED MINUTES AUDIO RECORDING
Friday, September 15, 2017 Monday, September 25, 2017 September 25, 2017 September 25, 2017 September 25, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017 Monday, October 30, 2017 October 30, 2017 October 30, 2017 October 30, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017 Monday, November 27, 2017 November 27, 2017 November 27, 2017 November 27, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 December 18, 2017 December 18, 2017 December 18, 2017
Friday, January 19, 2018 Monday, January 29, 2018 January 29, 2018 January 29, 2018 January 29, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018 Monday, February 26, 2018 February 26, 2018 February 26, 2018 February 26, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018 Monday, March 26, 2018 March 26, 2018 March 26, 2018 March 26, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018 Monday, April 30, 2018 April 30, 2018 April 30, 2018 April 30, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018 Monday, May 28, 2018 May 28, 2018 May 28, 2018 May 28, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018 Monday, June 25, 2018 June 25, 2018 June 25, 2018 June 25, 2018

Membership Archives

2016 / 2017

MEMBERS ROLE TERM END
George Melville Chancellor Ex officio
Alan Davis President and Chair Ex officio
Sal Ferreras Provost and Vice President, Academic Ex officio
Zena Mitchell University Registrar and Secretary, non-voting Ex officio
Todd Mundle University Librarian Ex officio
DEANS    
Patrick Donahoe Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement Ex officio
Diane Purvey Faculty of Arts Ex officio
Jane Fee Faculty of Educational Support and Development Ex officio
David Florkowski Faculty of Health Ex officio
Elizabeth Worobec Faculty of Science and Horticulture Ex officio
Brian Haugen Faculty of Trades and Technology Ex officio
Wayne Tebb School of Business Ex officio
Carolyn Robertson Wilson School of Design Ex officio
STUDENT SENATORS    
Allison Gonzalez   August 31, 2017
Sonja Kreuzkamp   August 31, 2017
Caitlin McCutchen   August 31, 2017
Kimberley McMartin   August 31, 2017
FACULTY MEMBERS    
Denise Nielson Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement August 31, 2019
Chris Traynor Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement August 31, 2020
David Burns Faculty of Arts August 31, 2018
Wayne Fenske Faculty of Arts August 31, 2018
Angela Ryan Faculty of Educational Support and Development August 31, 2018
Renu Seru Faculty of Educational Support and Development August 31, 2018
Connie Klimek Faculty of Health August 31, 2017
Leeann Waddington Faculty of Health August 31, 2019
Jennifer Au, Vice Chair Faculty of Science and Horticulture August 31, 2019
Stan Kazymerchyk Faculty of Science and Horticulture August 31, 2018
Bob Davis Faculty of Trades and Technology August 31, 2019
Tom Westgate Faculty of Trades and Technology August 31, 2020
Chamkaur Cheema School of Business August 31, 2018
Carol Stewart School of Business August 31, 2017
Andhra Goundrey Wilson School of Design August 31, 2017
Brenda Snaith Wilson School of Design August 31, 2017
PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT STAFF    
Herbie Atwal Manager, Academic Advising August 31, 2019
Jim Murray Coordinator, Bookstore August 31, 2018
REPRESENTATIVES    
Harpreet Bains Alumni Association August 31, 2017
Sarbjeet Sarai Board of Governors August 31, 2018

Meeting Archives

2016 / 2017

2015 / 2016

2014 / 2015

2013 / 2014

2012 / 2013

2011 / 2012

2010 / 2011

2009 / 2010

2008 / 2009

History

How We Got Here

1972: Our journey starts with Douglas College

1981: Kwantlen College splits from Douglas

1995: Kwantlen becomes the last of the University Colleges established with degree granting status

2008: Kwantlen Polytechnic University begins


In April 2007, Geoff Plant, Q.C., recommended in his Campus 2020 publication that BC's remaining university colleges be redesignated as regional universities and that they adopt the governance structure of Thompson Rivers University (TRU). Following this announcement, Kwantlen, Malaspina and UCFV undertook to study the TRU governance structure.

During the fall of 2007, a working group was established within Education Council to explore changes to the governance structure in anticipation of this transition. Membership of the working group:

  • Dianne Crisp
  • Dana Cserepes
  • Jody Gordon
  • Carolyn Robertson
  • Takashi Sato
  • Newton Wainman

In April 2008, Premier Gordon Campbell visited Surrey campus and announced that Kwantlen was now officially a Polytechnic University. A week later, the University Amendment Act was introduced in the legislature. It described a bicameral governance structure, more or less in the form anticipated.

Once the legislation was adopted, the group was expanded to include:

  • David Atkinson
  • Rebecca Darnell
  • Dana Goedbloed
  • Sandi Klassen
  • Ken McIntyre
  • Judith McGillivray
  • Karen Metzger
  • Scott Nicoll

This working group's task was to interpret the legislation and develop ways to implement its requirements within the Kwantlen context. It worked through the summer and produced a series of recommendations brought to Education Council on September 8, 2008. In the transition, Education Council acted as the Senate and worked to establish the foundations of the full Senate. During the fall 2008 semester, elections were called to fill the newly established Senate seats. Senate held its first meeting in January 2009.

Governance Documents

Reference

Presentation  - University Governance and the Senate by Dr. Ross Paul (Aug 214) 

Presentation - Senate and Legislation by Patrick Gilligan Hackett (Feb 2012) | Part 1 of 2 | Part 2 of 2

Discussion - On the Possible Amalgamation of the Faculties of Humanities & Social Sciences (Jan 2011)

Education Council

2008 - 2005

2004 - 2001

2000 - 1997

1996 - 1995

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