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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.

Chair: President and Vice-Chancellor

Voting Members

  • Chancellor
  • President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Vice-President, Academic
  • Deans of Faculties
  • Chief Librarian
  • Two faculty members from each Faculty
  • Four students
  • Alumni member
  • Two support staff

Non-Voting Members

  • Registrar
  • Board appointee

Election Procedures

  • Members of a Faculty elect faculty members.
  • Students elect student members.
  • The alumni association nominates an alumni member, who is not a faculty member, to the President.
    The President appoints the alumni member.
  • Support staff elect support staff members. Support staff are employees of the special purpose, teaching university
    who are not officers, deans or faculty members of the university.

Terms of Office

  • Students: one year
  • Faculty and support staff: three years
  • Alumni senator: three years

2020 / 2021 Senators

VOTING ROLE TERM END
Kim Baird Chancellor Ex officio
Alan Davis, Chair President Ex officio
Sandy Vanderburgh Provost and Vice-President, Academic Ex officio
Todd Mundle University Librarian Ex officio
DEANS    
Aimee Begalka Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation Ex officio
Diane Purvey Faculty of Arts Ex officio
Steve Cardwell Faculty of Educational Support and Development Ex officio
Sharmen Lee Faculty of Health Ex officio
Elizabeth Worobec Faculty of Science and Horticulture Ex officio
Brian Moukperian Faculty of Trades and Technology Ex officio
Stephanie Howes School of Business Ex officio
Andhra Goundrey Wilson School of Design Ex officio
STUDENT SENATORS    
Akshat Garg Student Senator August 31, 2021
Pallav Sharma Student Senator August 31, 2021
Harman Singh Student Senator August 31, 2021
Sharanveer Singh Student Senator August 31, 2021
FACULTY SENATORS    
  Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation  
Melissa Swanink Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation August 31, 2023
David Burns, Vice-Chair Faculty of Arts August 31, 2021
Robert Dearle Faculty of Arts August 31, 2021
Marti Alger Faculty of Educational Support and Development August 31, 2021
Andre Iwanchuk Faculty of Educational Support and Development August 31, 2021
Catherine Schwichtenberg Faculty of Health August 31, 2022
Corrie Nichols Faculty of Health August 31, 2023
Amy Jeon Faculty of Science and Horticulture August 31, 2021
Fergal Callaghan Faculty of Science and Horticulture August 31, 2023
Bob Davis Faculty of Trades and Technology August 31, 2022
Tom Westgate Faculty of Trades and Technology August 31, 2023
Carlos Calao School of Business August 31, 2021
Lyndsay Passmore School of Business August 31, 2023
Heather Clark Wilson School of Design August 31, 2023
Natasha Campbell Wilson School of Design August 31, 2021
SUPPORT STAFF SENATORS    
Melissa Krahn Support Staff Senator August 31, 2022
Waheed Taiwo Support Staff Senator August 31, 2021
APPOINTEES    
Tahir Joseph Alumni Senator August 31, 2023
NON-VOTING ROLE TERM END
Zena Mitchell, Secretary University Registrar Ex officio
  Board of Governors Appointee  

2021 / 2022 Meeting Schedule

Location: Surrey Cedar Board Room

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE MEETING DATE AGENDA PACKAGE APPROVED MINUTES
Friday, September 17, 2021 Monday, September 27, 2021 September 27, 2021 September 27, 2021
Friday, october 15, 2021 Monday, October 25, 2021 October 25, 2021 October 25, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021 Monday, November 22, 2021 November 22, 2021 November 22, 2021
Friday, January 14, 2022 Monday, January 24, 2022 January 24, 2022 January 24, 2022
Friday,February 18, 2022 Monday, February 28, 2022 February 28, 2022 February 28, 2022
Friday, March 11, 2022 Monday, March 21, 2022 March 21, 2022 March 21, 2022
Friday, April 15, 2022 Monday, April 25, 2022 April 25, 2022 April 25, 2022
Friday, May 20, 2022 Monday, May 30, 2022 May 30, 2022 May 30, 2022
Friday, June 17, 2022 Monday, June 27, 2022 June 27, 2022 June 27, 2022

2020 / 2021 Meeting Schedule

Location: MS Teams online

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

All Senate and standing committee meetings will continue to be online using MS Teams.
Below is a link to a video and some instructions to help you join and participate successfully.

Vice-Chair of Senate Hints and Tips on Using MS Teams

Preparing for a MS Teams meeting:

1) Have headphones plugged in
Running on your computer’s microphone and speakers causes feedback for other participants.

2) Download MS Teams
Start trying to log in with your @kpu.ca email address now to be sure you can access the meeting.
Email senate@kpu.ca if assistance is needed.

3) On the day of the meeting
Log in 30 minutes early so that we can troubleshoot if needed.
Please note that the Senate Office will be unable to assist you 15 minutes prior to the meeting.


Location: The link to join the online meeting is under Meeting Date in schedule below.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE MEETING DATE AGENDA PACKAGE APPROVED MINUTES
Friday, September 18, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 September 28, 2020 September 28, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020 Monday, October 26, 2020 October 26, 2020 October 26, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020 Monday, November 30, 2020 November 30, 2020 November 30, 2020
Friday, January 15, 2021 Monday, January 25, 2021 January 25, 2021 January 25, 2021
Friday, February 12, 2021 Monday, February 22, 2021 February 22, 2021
KPU2050 Official Campus Plan
February 22, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021 Monday, March 22, 2021 March 22, 2021 March 22, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021 Monday, April 19, 2021 April 19, 2021 April 19, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021 Monday, May 31, 2021 May 31, 2021 May 31, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021 Monday, June 28, 2021 June 28, 2021 June 28, 2021

Governance Retreat Archives

Membership Archives

2019 / 2020

VOTING ROLE TERM END
George Melville Chancellor Ex officio
Alan Davis, Chair President Ex officio
Sandy Vanderburg Provost and Vice President, Academic Ex officio
Todd Mundle University Librarian Ex officio
DEANS    
Aimee Begalka Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation Ex officio
Diane Purvey Faculty of Arts Ex officio
Steve Cardwell Faculty of Educational Support and Development Ex officio
Harjit Dhesi Faculty of Health Ex officio
Elizabeth Worobec Faculty of Science and Horticulture Ex officio
Brian Moukperian Faculty of Trades and Technology Ex officio
Stephanie Howes School of Business Ex officio
Andhra Goundrey Wilson School of Design Ex officio
STUDENT SENATORS    
Mansi Student Senator August 31, 2020
Guramritpal Singh Student Senator August 31, 2020
Ranpal Singh Sandhu Student Senator August 31, 2020
Harshdeep Singh Student Senator August 31, 2020
FACULTY MEMBERS    
Randall Thiessen Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation August 31, 2022
Chris Traynor Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation August 31, 2020
David Burns, Vice-Chair Faculty of Arts August 31, 2021
Robert Dearle Faculty of Arts August 31, 2021
Marti Alger Faculty of Educational Support and Development August 31, 2021
Andre Iwanchuk Faculty of Educational Support and Development August 31, 2021
Harleen Deol Faculty of Health August 31, 2020
Catherine Schwichtenberg Faculty of Health August 31, 2022
Rebecca Harbut Faculty of Science and Horticulture August 31, 2020
Amy Jeon Faculty of Science and Horticulture August 31, 2021
Bob Davis Faculty of Trades and Technology August 31, 2022
Tom Westgate Faculty of Trades and Technology August 31, 2023
Carlos Calao School of Business August 31, 2021
Robert Ironside School of Business August 31, 2020
Natasha Campbell Wilson School of Design August 31, 2021
Paola Gavilanez Wilson School of Design August 31, 2020
PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT STAFF    
  Professional Support Staff Senator  
Waheed Taiwo Professional Support Staff Senator August 31, 2021
REPRESENTATIVES    
Tahir Joseph Alumni Association August 31, 2020
NON-VOTING ROLE TERM END
Zena Mitchell, Secretary University Registrar Ex officio
Farhad Dastur Board of Governors December 31, 2020

2018 / 2019

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 Ex officio
Todd Mundle University Librarian Ex officio
DEANS    
Aimee Begalka (Acting Dean) Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation 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 Moukperian Faculty of Trades and Technology Ex officio
Stephanie Howes School of Business Ex officio
Carolyn Robertson School of Design Ex officio
STUDENT SENATORS    
     
Murdoch De Mooy   August 31, 2019
Lincoln Saugstad   August 31, 2019
Christina Wilcox   August 31, 2019
FACULTY MEMBERS    
Randal Thiessen Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation August 31, 2019
Chris Traynor Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation August 31, 2020
David Burns Faculty of Arts August 31, 2021
Robert Dearle Faculty of Arts August 31, 2021
Marti Alger Faculty of Educational Support and Development August 31, 2021
Andre Iwanchuk Faculty of Educational Support and Development August 31, 2021
Harleen Deol Faculty of Health August 31, 2020
  Faculty of Health  
Rebecca Harbut Faculty of Science and Horticulture August 31, 2019
Amy Jeon Faculty of Science and Horticulture August 31, 2021
Bob Davis Faculty of Trades and Technology August 31, 2019
Tom Westgate Faculty of Trades and Technology August 31, 2020
Carlos Calao School of Business August 31, 2021
  School of Business  
Natasha Campbell Wilson School of Design August 31, 2021
Paola Gavilanez Wilson School of Design August 31, 2020
PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT STAFF    
Herbie Atwal Manager, Academic Advising August 31, 2019
Waheed Taiwo International Student Life Coordinator August 31, 2021
REPRESENTATIVES    
Tahir Joseph Alumni Association August 31, 2020
  Board of Governors  

2017 / 2018

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 Ex officio
Todd Mundle University Librarian Ex officio
DEANS    
Patrick Donahoe Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation 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
  Faculty of Trades and Technology Ex officio
Wayne Tebb School of Business Ex officio
Carolyn Robertson School of Design Ex officio
STUDENT SENATORS    
Murdoch De Mooy   August 31, 2018
Amanda Grey   August 31, 2018
Kimberley McMartin   August 31, 2018
Michael Wong   August 31, 2018
FACULTY MEMBERS    
Denise Nielson Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation August 31, 2019
Chris Traynor Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation 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
  Faculty of Science and Horticulture  
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
  School of Business  
  School of Design  
Paola Gavilanez School of Design August 31, 2020
PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT STAFF    
Herbie Atwal Manager, Academic Advising August 31, 2019
Stefanie Broad Coordinator, Transition Programs August 31, 2018
REPRESENTATIVES    
Tahir Joseph Alumni Association August 31, 2020
Suzanne Pearce Board of Governors August 31, 2018

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 & Career Preparation 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 & Career Preparation August 31, 2019
Chris Traynor Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation 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

2019 / 2020

2018 / 2019

2017 / 2018

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 designated 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 2, 14)

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 (Forerunner to Senate)

2007 / 2008

2006 / 2007

2005 / 2006

2004 / 2005

2003 / 2004

2002 / 2003

2001 / 2002

2000 / 2001

1999 / 2000

1998 / 1999

1997 / 1998

1996 / 1997

AGENDA PACKAGE APPROVED MINUTES
September 19, 1996 September 19, 1996
November 4, 1996 November 4, 1996
December 9, 1996 December 9, 1996
January 13, 1997 January 13, 1997
February 10, 1997 February 10, 1997
March 10, 1997 March 10, 1997
March 24, 1997 March 24, 1997
April 28, 1997 April 28, 1997
June 9, 1997 June 9, 1997

1995 / 1996

AGENDA PACKAGE APPROVED MINUTES
September 11, 1995 September 11, 1995
October 16, 1995 October 16, 1995
November 20, 1995 November 20, 1995
December 11, 1995 December 11, 1995
January 5, 1996 January 5, 1996
January 15, 1996 January 15, 1996
February 12, 1996 February 12, 1996
March 11, 1996 March 11, 1996
April 15, 1996 April 15, 1996

1995

AGENDA PACKAGE APPROVED MINUTES
March 13, 1995 March 13, 1995
April 10, 1995 April 10, 1995
May 8, 1995 May 8, 1995
June 12, 1995 June 12, 1995

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