Academic Policy and Planning Committee


Approved June 2014

Examines, formulates, and reviews long-term and short-term academic planning as well as comprehensive policies for the Faculty, including degree and non-degree credit studies.

In discharging its functions the Committee shall:

  1. In tandem with the Dean and in close consultation with Departments/Schools & Colleges, oversee the development of the Faculty Academic Plan, oversee coordination/implementation of the plan, and report to the Council on activities.
  2. Make recommendations to the Council on the feasibility of new Departments/Schools, Programs, Research Centres;
  3. Make recommendations to the Council on reviews of existing Departments/Schools, Programs, Research Centres;
  4. Direct advice on the employment of resources within the Faculty to the Dean;
  5. Make recommendations to the Dean on budgetary matters that affect academic programs;
  6. Advise the Dean on evening education, part-time and full-time studies, graduate education, and Faculty fundraising;
  7. Advise the Dean on the interplay of academic and budget issues in the development of the Integrated Resource Plan;
  8. Set policy with respect to the institutional development in areas of non-degree programming and the relationship between degree and non-degree studies
  9. Through the Non-Degree Studies Sub-Committee, receive proposals for non-degree studies new programs and/or certificates;
  10. Advise the Dean on matters related to the allocation of appointments of faculty members to the tenure stream (but not individual appointees) each year, preferably within the context of comprehensive budget proposals and in light of the Faculty Academic Plan and developmental plans of the various Schools/Departments within the Faculty;
  11. Access all relevant information through the Office of the Dean and report to the Council regularly on all advice given to the Dean.

Seven faculty members elected at-large for a three-year term
Two students appointed by the Student Council of the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies on an annual basis

Ex-officio (non-voting) members
Dean or dean’s designate
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Representative on the Academic Policy, Planning and Research Committee of Senate
Chair of Faculty Council or designate
Staff Representative from the Strategic Planning Unit
Secretary of Council or designate

Faculty members will be elected at-large for a three-year rolling cycle. Members elected at-large will not be from the same Department/School. Each year, one-third of the membership turns over and will be replaced on a rotational basis by other faculty members from Departments/Schools who are not already represented on the Committee. At all times there shall be at least one member from each of the professional, humanities, and social sciences Departments/Schools

The Chair of the Committee is selected by the voting members of the Committee for a two-year term.  At least half of the voting members of the Committee, the majority of whom are full-time faculty members, constitutes a quorum.

Membership 2016-2017

Chair: Sean Kheraj, Department of History

Idil Boran, Department of Philosophy
Merle Jacobs, Department of Equity Studies
Mustafa Karakul, School of Administrative Studies
Peter Khaiter, School of Information Technology
David Mutimer, Department of Political Science
David Szablowski, Department of Social Science

Representatives from SCOLAPS:

Noorpreet Dillon

Ex-Officio Members (non-voting):

Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Dean
John-Justin McMurtry, Associate Dean, Programs
Kean Birch, LA&PS Representative on the Academic Policy, Planning & Research Committee of Senate
Brenda Spotton Visano, Chair of Faculty Council
Staff Representative from the Academic Planning Unit
Brittany Tuer, Secretary of Council

Scheduled Meeting Dates 2016-2017

The Academic Policy and Planning Committee will normally meet the third Wednesday of each month (September - June) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room N926N, Ross Building.

2016/2017 Committee Meeting Dates
September 21, 2016
October 19, 2016
November 16, 2016
December 21, 2016
January 18, 2017
February 8, 2017*
March 22, 2017**
April 19, 2017
May 17, 2017
June 21, 2017

*The February meeting will take place on the Second Wednesday of the month due to scheduling conflicts with other Committees.
**The March meeting will take place on the Fourth Wednesday of the month due to March Break.

Reports & Documents

LA&PS Strategic Plan and Implementation Scrolls

June 9, 2011 - A series of LA&PS Implementation Scrolls will be presented to Faculty Council. The documents have been drawn up in consultation with the Dean's working group on strategic planning, and overseen by the Academic Policy and Planning Committee of Council.

LA&PS Implementation Scrolls

June 24, 2010 - After many months of collegial discussion, development and community consultation, the LA&PS Strategic Plan, 2010-2020: Making Choices for Our Future, was overwhelmingly approved during a special session of Faculty Council.

LA&PS 2010-2020 Strategic Plan

LA&PS 2010-2020 Strategic Plan Appendices

On January 21, 2010, the LA&PS Faculty Council overwhelmingly approved the motion to adopt the the Faculty's Strategic Planning Framework.

LA&PS Strategic Planing Framework

Amended LA&PS Strategic Planning Framework (showing colour coded amendments)

Archived APPC Agendas, Minutes, and Synopses


Date Agenda (PDF) Additional Documents
 October 15, 2014 - CANCELLED
 November 19, 2014  Agenda Package
 December 10, 2014  Agenda Package
 January 7, 2015  Agenda Package
January 21, 2015  Agenda Package
 February 11, 2015  Agenda Package
 March 18, 2015 - CANCELLED
 April 15, 2015 - CANCELLED


 September 18, 2013 Agenda Package
 October 16, 2013  Agenda Package
 November 20, 2013  Agenda Package
 December 18, 2013  Agenda Package
 February 12, 2014  Agenda Package
 March 19, 2014  Agenda Package


 October 17, 2012 Agenda Package
 November 21, 2012  Agenda Package
 December 12, 2012  Agenda Package
 January 16, 2013  Agenda Package
 February 13, 2013  Agenda Package
 March 20, 2013  Agenda Package
 April 17, 2013  Agenda Package
 May 22, 2013  Agenda Package


 September 21, 2011 Agenda Package
 October 19, 2011  Agenda Package
 November 23, 2011  Agenda Package
 January 4, 2012  Agenda Package
 January 25, 2012  Agenda Package
 February 15, 2012  Agenda Package
 April 18, 2012  Agenda Package
 May 16, 2012  Agenda Package


 September 22, 2010 Agenda Package
 October 20, 2010  Agenda Package
 November 17, 2010  Agenda Package
 December 8, 2010  Agenda Package
 January 19, 2011  Agenda Package
 January 26, 2011  Agenda Package
 February 16, 2011  Agenda Package
 March 16, 2011  Agenda Package
 April 20, 2011 - CANCELLED
 May 18, 2011  Agenda Package


 September 16, 2009 Agenda Package
 October 21, 2009  Agenda Package
 November 18, 2009  Agenda Package
 December 2, 2009  Agenda Package
 January 15, 2010  Agenda Package
 February 10, 2010  Agenda Package
 March 17, 2010  Agenda Package
 April 21, 2010  Agenda Package
 May 31, 2010  Agenda Package