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Updated as of July 11, 2019.

Academic Planning Committee

The Senate Academic Planning Committee (SAPC) makes recommendations to Senate on all matters related to the overall direction of academic programs at Laurier.

This includes:

  • Adapting and modifying the overall university plan as required;
  • Responding to specific requests (from the Board of Governors or from the Ministry) to articulate a Laurier niche or position relative to a current situation or need;
  • Responding to requests from Faculties and units to initiate new programs, modify current programs, or cancel them;
  • Considering the financial implications of maintaining all academic programs; and
  • Dealing with questions of policy that govern scholarships, bursaries and awards.

As part of this broad mandate, SAPC oversees the program review and approval process run by the University under the Ontario Universities’ Council on Quality Assurance, managed by the Ontario Council of Academic Vice‑Presidents.

In general, its role is to offer to Senate a considered conceptualization of where the University is, in what direction it should be heading, and what needs to be undertaken to accomplish this.


  • Chair: Provost and Vice-President: Academic
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat


  • Academic dean or university librarian (chosen by the deans/librarians):
    • TBD
    • TBD
    • TBD
  • Graduate student (chosen by the Graduate Students' Association): Azroo Bhatia
  • Undergraduate student (chosen by undergraduate students): TBD
  • Faculty Martin Luther University College senator (elected by the Martin Luther University College [Waterloo Lutheran Seminary]): Daniel Maoz
  • Eight faculty members (elected by UFC; two must be senators; one from each of the faculties):
    • Jessica Kun (Music)
    • Steve Sider (Education/Senator)
    • Robert Kristofferson (Liberal Arts)
    • Sofy Carayannopoulos (Lazaridis School)
    • Bruce McKay (Science/Senator)
    • Katherine Rossiter (Human and Social Sciences)
    • Jennifer Root (Social Work)
    • Markus Poetzsch (Arts/ Senator)

Committee on Teaching and Learning

The broad mandate of the Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning is to support and advance teaching and learning at the University. The committee shall send recommendations to Senate regarding university policies associated with teaching and learning, including institution-wide classroom and virtual teaching spaces, learning technologies, student accessibility, and student retention/success initiatives. The committee shall also adjudicate selected instructional development grant programs, referee the teaching and instructional assistant awards of excellence, and liaise with other university committees related to teaching and the student experience.

  • Chair: Associate Vice-President: Teaching and Learning
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat


  • Acting Associate Vice-President: Teaching and Learning: Kristiina Montero
  • Academic Dean or University Librarian: TBD
  • Dean of Students: Adam Lawrence
  • Six faculty members (two must be Senators; no more than one from each Faculty):
    • TBD
    • TBD
    • TBD
    • Leslie Fagan
    • Stephen MacNeil
    • Michelle Skop
  • Academic librarian: TBD
  • Undergraduate student:
    • TBD
    • TBD
  • Graduate student: TBD

Executive & Finance Committee

It shall be the duty of the Executive and Finance Committee to care for any matters committed to it by Senate, to function in place of the Senate between meetings of the Senate, to consider matters pertinent to Senate, including policies and protocol relating to university Convocations and functions, and to report to Senate.

The Executive and Finance Committee also considers the financial position of the University. It makes recommendations to Senate on budget planning as well as on the details of the annual University operating budget as prepared for presentation to Senate and the Board. The recommendations of Senate on that budget are forwarded to the Board of Governors, the body with ultimate fiduciary responsibility for the University.

  • Chair: President, Chair of Senate
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat


  • President: Deb MacLatchy
  • Interim Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Maureen Mancuso
  • Acting Vice-President: Finance and Administration: Antonio Araujo
  • Vice-President: Research: Jonathan Newman
  • Principal-Dean Martin Luther University College: Mark Harris
  • Academic dean or university librarian:
    • TBD
    • TBD
    • TBD
  • Undergraduate student senator: Kyle Fritz
  • Graduate student senator: Emma Parsons
  • Alumni senator: TBD
  • Academic Librarian Senator: Helene LeBlanc
  • Faculty senator (Arts): Mary-Louise Byrne
  • Faculty senator (Education): TBD
  • Faculty senator (Human and Social Sciences): Kenneth Dowler
  • Faculty senator (Liberal Arts): Abby Goodrum
  • Faculty senator (Music): Carolyn Arnason
  • Faculty senator (Lazaridis School): TBD
  • Faculty senator (Science): Vladimir Kitaev
  • Faculty senator (Social Work): TBD
  • Faculty senators (one shall be the secretary of senate):
    • John Schwieter
    • Ken Jackson
    • TBD
    • TBD
  • Administrative staff senator: Hillary Beaudry

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee shall have the responsibility of preparing a list of nominees to Senate committees for the annual meeting or as required. The Governance Committee may select nominees from outside the Senate except where otherwise stipulated. The establishment of a list of nominees does not preclude nomination from the floor.

The Governance Committee shall consider and make recommendations to Senate for the proper functioning of the Senate. (See Terms of Reference 1.4).

  • Chair: TBD
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat


  • TBD

Honorary Degree Committee

Subject to the approval of Senate, the Honorary Degree Committee shall make policies regarding honorary degrees, shall invite nominations for honorary degrees, shall receive nominations respecting honorary degrees and make recommendation thereon to the Executive Committee of Senate.

  • Chair: President, Chair of Senate
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat


  • President: Deb MacLatchy
  • Chancellor: Eileen Mercier
  • Interim Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Maureen Mancuso
  • Martin Luther University College (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) senator: Daniel Rzondzinski
  • Alumni senator: TBD
  • Five Faculty members (at least two senators; at least one faculty member from each of the Brantford and Waterloo campuses):
    • TBD
    • TBD
    • Kari Brozowski
    • Dana Sawchuk
    • Kalyani Menon
  • Student senator: TBD
  • Administrative staff: TBD

Promotion and Tenure Committee

The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall, in accordance with the policies and procedures governing its operations, make recommendations to the President on specific applications for promotion and tenure.

  • Chair: Provost and Vice-President: Academic
  • Administrative support: University Secretariat


  • Interim Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Maureen Mancuso
  • Vice-President: Research (alternate: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies): Jonathan Newman, Douglas Deutschman
  • Acting Associate Vice-President: Teaching and Learning (alternate: additional dean): Kristiina Montero
  • Dean of the member's faculty:
    • Richard Nemesvari
    • Maria Cantellini Williams
    • Lauren Eisler
    • Kathryn Carter
    • Glen Carruthers
    • Micheal Kelly
    • Anthony Clarke
    • Dawn Buzza
  • Designates (five tenured faculty; no more than one from any faculty; elected by UFC for two-year terms):
    • Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb (Science)
    • Dana Weiner (Arts)
    • Shelley McGill (Lazaridis School)
    • Kimberly Barber (Music)
    • Lea Caragata (Social Work)
  • Alternates (five tenured faculty; no more than one from any faculty; elected by UFC for two-year terms):
    • Robert Ame (Liberal Arts)
    • Peruvemba Sundaram (Lazaridis School)
    • Jennifer Robertson-Wilson (Science)
    • Margaret Walton-Roberts (Arts)
    • Stacey Hannem (Human and Social Sciences)
  • Employment equity representative (one-year term):
    • Susan Neylan
    • Angele Hamel
    • Laura MacDonald
    • Anne Wilson

Research and Publication Committee

The Research and Publications Committee shall review and examine policies on research as they affect the academic life of the University, and, where appropriate, make recommendations to Senate. Its mandate shall include receiving annual reports from the Animal Care Committee and the Research Ethics Board, and annually approving the distribution of funds within the University's internal research grants program. It shall also advise the Vice-President: Research on matters that pertain to research and its effective promotion and dissemination, and shall consult with the Director of the WLU Press on issues concerning scholarly publications.

  • Chair: TBD
  • Administrative Support: Office of Research Services


  • Vice-President: Research: Jonathan Newman
  • Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: Douglas Deutschman
  • University Librarian: Gohar Ashoughian
  • Graduate students:
    • Jiaxin Guo
    • TBD
  •  Eight faculty members (two must be senators; no more than one from each Faculty):
    • Ian Roderick
    • TBD
    • TBD
    • Heidi Ahonen
    • TBD
    • Roman Makarov
    • Michael Woodford
    • Diano Marrone

Student Appeals Committee

The Student Appeals Committee shall hear and determine appeals from the decisions of the divisional faculty councils on applications and examinations by students and appeals relating to scholarships, bursaries and awards, and subject to the approval of Senate, shall establish rules and procedures for the hearing and determination of such appeals. The Vice‑President: Academic shall be chair of the committee.

  • Chair: Provost and Vice-President: Academic
  • Administrative Support: Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic


  • Interim Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Maureen Mancuso
  • Dean of Students, Brantford (non-voting): Adam Lawrence
  • Dean of Students, Waterloo (non-voting): TBD
  • Three students (two undergraduate student senators; one graduate student):
    • Muhammad Hussain (Undergraduate)
    • TBD (Undergraduate)
    • Emma Parsons (Graduate)
  • Other senator: TBD
  • Faculty (Arts, designate): Dana Weiner
  • Faculty (Arts, alternate): John Schwieter
  • Faculty (Brantford, designate): Kari Brozowski
  • Faculty (Brantford, alternate): Stacey Wilson-Forsberg
  • Faculty (Education, designate): Steve Sider
  • Faculty (Education, alternate): Jennifer Holm
  • Faculty (Music, designate): Kristen Yri
  • Faculty (Music, alternate): Carolyn Arnason
  • Faculty (Lazaridis School, designate): Azim Essaji
  • Faculty (Lazaridis School, alternate): Ken Jakson
  • Faculty (Science, designate): Derek Gray
  • Faculty (Science, alternate): Jennifer Robertson-Wilson
  • Faculty (Social Work, designate): Cheryl Anne Cait
  • Faculty (Social Work, alternate): Martha Kuwee Kumsa

Other Senate-Elected Positions

Vice-Chair of Senate

  • Elected Senator: Kathleen Cameron

Secretary of Senate

  • Faculty or academic librarian senator: John Schwieter

Members on the Board of Governors

Three faculty senators:

  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

Secondary School Representative Appointed by Senate

Representatives of the Ontario Secondary School System:

  • Michael McDonald
  • Lila Read

Council of Ontario Universities Academic Colleague

Faculty senator or incumbent:

  • Bruce McKay (designate)
  • Alistair Edgar(alternate)

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