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Senate Council

St. Jerome’s University is committed to a bicameral governance structure. SJU Senate Council is composed of members of the University administration, faculty members, contract academic staff, student representatives, and a representative from the University of Waterloo. It is the governing body responsible for academic policy development and programs. 

 

SJU Senate Council recommends to the University of Waterloo Senate for academic matters pertaining to UWaterloo degrees, or to the St. Jerome’s University Board of Governors for academic matters pertaining to St. Jerome’s University degrees.

 

Meetings will be held online from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. until further notice. Please visit our upcoming events webpage for details about attending online meetings.

Members of Senate Council
2023 - 2024 Membership
All full-time members of the faculty holding academic rank
Name Department
Acton, Carol English
Bednarski, Steven History and Medieval Studies
Bonner, Kieran Sociology and Legal Studies
Brabazon, Honor Sociology and Legal Studies
Brophy, Susan Sociology and Legal Studies
Burris, Chris Psychology
Cauchi-Santoro, Roberta Italian and French Studies
Connolly, Tristanne English
Deman, Andrew English
De Santis, Carm Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies
Desroches, Fred Sociology and Legal Studies
Drysdale, Maureen Psychology
Gregoire, Stephanie Philosophy
Hutchison, Jesse English
Klassen, Norm English
Kline, Scott
Religious Studies
Leroux, Carlie Sociology and Legal Studies
Lobb, Diana English
Nicholas, Jane History
Rempel, John Psychology
Rodrigue, Carl Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies
Rye, BJ Psychology
Seljak, David Religious Studies
Serafini, Toni Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies
Spielmacher, Mark English
Stumpf, Andrew Philosophy
Sutherland, Siobhan Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies
Tataryn, Anastasia Sociology and Legal Studies
Terzian, Sylvia English
Touhey, Ryan History
Tremblay, Bruno Philosophy
Vanin, Cristina Religious Studies
Whitehead, Denise Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies and Sociology and Legal Studies
Williams, David English
Wriglesworth, Chad English
Zunic, Nikolaj Philosophy

 

Ex-officio Members
Name Title
Meehan, Peter President and Vice Chancellor - Chair 
MacGregor, Carol Ann Vice President Academic and Dean - Vice-Chair
Austen, Veronica
Kolentsis, Alysia
Associate Dean (on sabbatical)
Acting Associate Dean
Moule, Saphron Executive Director, Finance and Administration (non-voting)
McCourt, Clayton Director, Student Affairs (non-voting)
Catania, Serena Registrar (non-voting)
Atkin, Michelle Associate Librarian
Vacant  Director, Advancement (non-voting)
Vacant UW Faculty Member (non-voting)
Zaidi, Saman One Executive Officer of the Students’ Union appointed by the Students' Union Executive

 

Elected Members
Name Title
Moore, Andrew Contract Academic Staff member elected by/for the Contract Academic Staff
Vacant Student member elected by/for students registered at SJU

 

Recording Secretary
Name Title
Schwendinger, Christine Academic Administration Coordinator
Senate Council Committees
The SJU Senate Council Standing Committees for 2023-2024 are as follows:
 
Governance Committee
  • Tristanne Connolly, Chair (to August 31, 2025)
  • Kieran Bonner (to August 31, 2026)
  • Susan Brophy (to August 31, 2024; on sabbatical November 1, 2023-April 30, 2024)
  • Carol Ann MacGregor (Vice President Academic and Dean; ex officio)
  • Peter Meehan (President and Vice Chancellor; ex officio)
  • Carl Rodrigue (November 1, 2023-April 30, 2024)

 

Academic Committee
  • Carol Ann MacGregor, Chair (Vice President Academic and Dean; ex officio)
  • John Arnou (Student Advisor; ex officio; non-voting)
  • Michelle Atkin (Associate Librarian; ex officio)
  • Steven Bednarski (Co-Director, Medieval Studies; ex officio)
  • Kieran Bonner (Acting Chair, Sociology and Legal Studies; ex officio; August 1, 2023-April 30, 2024)
  • Serena Catania (Registrar; ex officio; non-voting)
  • Alysia Kolentsis (Acting Associate Dean; ex officio)
  • John Rempel (Chair, Psychology; ex officio)
  • Andrew Stumpf (Acting Director, Health Humanities; ex officio)
  • Anastasia Tataryn (Chair, Sociology and Legal Studies; ex officio; on leave August 1, 2023-April 30, 2024)
  • Ryan Touhey (Chair, History; ex officio)
  • Bruno Tremblay (Chair, Italian and French Studies; ex officio)
  • Cristina Vanin (Chair, Religious Studies; Director, Master of Catholic Thought; ex officio)
  • Denise Whitehead (Chair, Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies; ex officio)
  • David Williams (Chair, English; ex officio)
  • Saman Zaidi (Student Representative; ex officio; non-voting)
  • Nikolaj Zunic (Chair, Philosophy; ex officio)
  • TBD (2nd Student Representative; ex officio; non-voting)

 

Research Officer
  • Steven Bednarski (to June 30, 2025)

 

Committee on Research and Scholarship
  • Steven Bednarski, Chair (Research Officer; ex officio)
  • Alysia Kolentsis (Acting Associate Dean; ex officio)
  • David Seljak (to August 31, 2024)
  • Sylvia Terzian (to August 31, 2024)
  • Nikolaj Zunic (to August 31, 2025)

 

Library Advisory Committee
  • Michelle Atkin, Chair (Associate Librarian; ex officio)
  • Steven Bednarski (to August 31, 2025)
  • Stephanie Gregoire (to August 31, 2024)
  • Laureen Harder-Gissing (Conrad Grebel University College Librarian)
  • Sandra Keys (University of Waterloo Librarian)

 

Experiential Learning Advisory Committee
  • Alysia Kolentsis, Chair (Acting Associate Dean; ex officio)
  • Michelle Atkin (Associate Librarian; ex officio)
  • Carm De Santis (to August 31, 2024)
  • Carol Ann MacGregor (Vice President Academic and Dean; ex officio)
  • Clayton McCourt (Director, Student Affairs; ex officio)
  • Cristina Vanin (to August 31, 2025)
  • Resource: Michelle Metzger (Service Learning Program Coordinator)

 
Renewal, Tenure, and Promotions Committee
  • Carol Ann MacGregor, Chair (Vice President Academic and Dean; ex officio)
  • Steven Bednarski (to June 30, 2025)
  • Fred Desroches (to June 30, 2024)
  • Anastasia Tataryn (to June 30, 2026; on leave August 1, 2023-April 30, 2024)
  • Appointed member from the corresponding University of Waterloo department (non-voting)
  • Alternate: Carol Acton (to June 30, 2024; on sabbatical January 1-June 30, 2024)
  • Alternate: Nikolaj Zunic (January 1, 2024-December 31, 2026)
Senate Council Meetings, Agendas & Minutes
2023-2024 Senate Council Meetings
Meeting Date
Meeting Agenda
Approved Meeting
Minutes
September 29, 2023
October 27, 2023
November 24, 2023
February 9, 2024
 
March 22, 2024
 
 
April 26, 2024
 
 
May 24, 2024
 
 
June 21, 2024
 
 
Meetings will be held online from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Senate Council Terms of Reference

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