Board of Governors - APPENDIX VIII - June 28, 2001

ITEMS REFERRED BY SENATE

FOR APPROVAL

1. Procedures for Casual Academic Appointments of Faculty* at the University of Western Ontario

Recommended: That the Board of Governors approve the Procedures for Casual Academic Appointments of Faculty at The University of Western Ontario (Annex 1).

Background:

Since 1984, the University has had formal procedures for the appointment of part-time and temporary faculty members on Limited-Duties appointments. Part-time faculty members with major responsibility for teaching courses were appointed under this document as well as those faculty members whose contributions to the University were minimal. For example, Adjunct Professors may have been collaborators on research grants and performing minimal teaching duties while other faculty may have held appointments where supervision of graduate students would be the only assignment involved in the appointment.

With the ratification of the Collective Agreement, the nature of Limited-Duties appointments changed. Under the Agreement, a Limited-Duties Appointment is defined as "a fixed-term non-probationary Appointment to the academic staff of the University which involves assigned duties equivalent to those associated with primary responsibility for teaching a university degree credit course." While the Collective Agreement Limited-Duties Appointments require this teaching component and Adjunct Professor is now a rank reserved for those Part-time Members who hold an earned doctoral degree, or equivalent, there remains a need for an appointment category for those who hold academic appointments with minimal duties who will not meet the threshold for an appointment under the Collective Agreement. In this regard, the "Procedures for Casual Academic Appointments of Faculty at The University of Western Ontario" (excluding physicians appointed in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry), has been developed as a means to appoint those who require appointments with the University in order to apply as co-investigators on research grants (Adjunct Research Professors), supervise graduate students on post-retirement appointments, supervise dental students in the clinics, etc. To avoid repeated appointment processes, the new procedures allow an appointment arrangement of up to five years. Appointees under this document will not be eligible for membership in the Bargaining Unit by virtue of their minimal contributions to the University.

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* Excludes physicians appointed in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

2. Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering

Recommended: That an interdisciplinary graduate program in Biomedical Engineering leading to the degrees of MESc and PhD be introduced by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, contingent on approval by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies on June 22, 2001.

Background:

The proposed program is an interdisciplinary graduate level offering. The core faculty participating in the program will come primarily from the Faculties of Medicine & Dentistry and Engineering Science, with some participation from Health Sciences. Many of these faculty will have joint appointments between the Faculties and their workloads will include a component dedicated to the Biomedical Engineering program, if approved. The program would operate independent of any single Faculty or Department, and would report directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies according to a model used by the highly successful interdisciplinary programs in Theory & Criticism and Neuroscience.

To be eligible for admission into the MESc program applicants must possess a four year honors degree, or equivalent, usually in Engineering Science. Honors graduates from other disciplines (e.g., Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physiology, Medical Biophysics, Mathematics) may also be admitted but would be required to take additional courses to accommodate engineering deficits. To be eligible for admission into the PhD program, applicants must normally possess a masters degree in Biomedical Engineering; applicants with a masters degree in another engineering area may also be admitted, but would have to take additional Biomedical Engineering courses to make up any deficit.

The faculty resources available to the program are fifteen faculty currently appointed to academic positions in the Faculties of Medicine & Dentistry and Engineering Science, many of whom also hold appointments in the Robarts Research Institute. In addition, a further faculty member will be hired into an SFRI funded position held jointly between Engineering and the Faculty of Health Sciences, and three additional faculty will be hired into positions funded by the Whitaker Foundation for three years. One of these Whitaker funded positions will be in the Faculty of Engineering Science, and the other two will be joint positions held in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and the Faculty of Engineering Science. At the end of the three year Whitaker Funding period, these positions will be funded by the home Faculties.

The anticipated enrolment in the program would be a minimum of eight new MESc or PhD students each year, leading to an enrolment of approximately 20 at the end of year three and an eventual steady state enrolment of approximately 60 students.

Degree requirements consist of mandatory and optional graduate courses and a supervised research project leading to a thesis. In the MESc program students would take six half courses, a seminar course and present a thesis. In the PhD program they would take a further four half courses, a seminar course and present a thesis.

3. Withdrawal of the BSc(PT) and Introduction of a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Recommended: That the Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy [BSc(PT)] program be withdrawn from offerings in the Faculty of Health Sciences, effective September 1, 2003; and,

That a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program be introduced in the Faculty of Graduate Studies with first admissions occurring in September 2002.

Background:

The School of Physical Therapy has recently received OCGS approval for the implementation of a new graduate program in Physical Therapy (MPT). The withdrawal of successive years of the undergraduate program will occur in coordination with the introduction of the new MPT curriculum by the Faculty of Graduate Studies that will accept its first students in September 2002.

The School of Physical Therapy previously received approval for a slip year during which no new students will be admitted into Physical Therapy in September 2001. The current courses will be withdrawn in temporal sequence as outlined below in order to allow students already enrolled in the BSc(PT) program to complete academic requirements and graduate in 2003. There are no part-time students currently in the program that will be affected by the withdrawal of these courses.

Course Withdrawals:

To be withdrawn effective September 1, 2001: Physical Therapy 210, 215a/b, 220, 242, 270, 282

To be withdrawn effective September 1, 2002: Physical Therapy 320, 330, 334a/b, 335y, 345, 351a/b, 382

To be withdrawn effective September 1, 2003: Physical Therapy 401a, 402a, 403a, 407a, 408a, 409a, 410a, 415a, 420a, 425a, 450a/b, 451a, 475a, 482, 490, 491z

The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program is an initiative of the School of Physical Therapy. It is a two-year, six-term professional program that will provide a post-baccalaureate, graduate level qualification at the masters level for those wishing to seek accreditation as practicing Physical Therapists. It will replace the current three-year, six-term BSc(PT). This reflects a view in the discipline that Physical Therapists now need to acquire the skills to be independent, self-directed practitioners capable of assessing and applying the outcomes of research. This is a trend in the applied health science disciplines. In 1998, Western's School of Occupational Therapy was the first in Canada to replace its BSc(OT) program with a professional masters program; subsequently, both Toronto and McMaster have also done so, and at the same time have replaced their bachelor's level Physical Therapy programs with offerings at the masters level.

To be eligible for admission into the MPT program, students must possess a four-year undergraduate degree which includes senior undergraduate courses and completion of requisite courses in English, Biology, Human Physiology, Statistics, Liberal Arts, and Social Science.

The faculty resources available to the program are the twelve faculty members in the School of Physical Therapy. Ten of these already have membership in the Faculty of Graduate Studies as a result of their participation in the MSc program in Physical Therapy. No additional faculty resources are required to offer the proposed MPT program since it replaces the current BSc(PT) program.

The anticipated enrolment in the program will be 44 in each year of the two-year, six-term program, compared with 64 in the current three-year, six-term undergraduate program.

Degree requirements consist of mandatory graduate courses along with clinical and research experiences.

The program proposal was developed in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies to ensure that it contains the elements necessary for an offering at the graduate level (i.e., a program of study that allows a student to acquire research, investigative and analytical skills). The proposal was approved by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies at its meeting on May 25, 2001.

FOR INFORMATION

1. New Programs

Senate approved the introduction of the following new programs:

Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) in Health Information Management (HIM)

Four-Year BSc in Honors Biology and Geology

Four-Year BA and Honors BA in Computer Science and MIT

2. Withdrawal of Certificate Programs Offered by The Western Centre for Continuing Studies Programs

A decline in applications and enrolment in the following programs prompted a review of their viability. Given the low enrolment, it has been decided that these programs should be withdrawn. Students who could still elect to finish the program will be contacted to Continuing Studies to determine whether they intend to complete the program by the date the program will be withdrawn.

Certificate Program in Addiction Studies offered by The Western Centre for Continuing Studies in partnership with the Faculty of Social Science:

Certificate Program in Case Management for Long-Term Care offered by The Western Centre for Continuing Studies in partnership with the Faculty of Health Sciences:

Certificate Program in Second Language Training offered by The Western Centre for Continuing Studies in partnership with the Faculty of Arts:

3. Annual Report of the Senate Committee on Information Technology and Services (SCITS)

See Annex 2.

4. Annual Report of the University Council on Student Housing (UCOSH)

See Annex 3.

5. Reports of the Academic Colleague on the 255th and 256th Meetings of the Council of Ontario Universities

See Annex 4 and Annex 5.

6. Announcements

R. Harris, Acting Provost & Vice-President (Academic), May 1, 2001 - September 30, 2001

T. Hewitt, Associate Vice-President (Research), May 1, 2001 - June 30, 2006

Richard Ivey School of Business

C. Higgins, Associate Dean ( Faculty Development), July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004

Faculty of Education

A. T. Pearson, Dean, July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2007

Faculty of Engineering Science

R. Baddour, Acting Chair, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Jan. 1, 2001 - Dec. 31, 2002

Faculty of Health Sciences

A.W. Salmoni, Director, School of Kinesiology, July 2, 2001 - June 30, 2006

J.A. Polgar, Acting Director, School of Occupational Therapy, January 1, 2001 - June 30, 2001

Faculty of Law

A. Oosterhoff, Associate Dean (Academic), July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

S. Fisman, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2006

T. Freeman, Chair, Department of Family Medicine, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2006

R.W. Teasell, Chair, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2006

Faculty of Music

R. Wood, Dean, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2006

A. Heard, Chair, Department of Music Theory and Composition, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004

R. Toft, Chair, Department of Music History, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2006

F. Wilkinson, Chair, Department of Music Performance Studies, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2006

Faculty of Social Science

S. Pepper, Associate Dean, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002

D.A. Shrubsole, Acting Chair, Department of Geography, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002

A.D. Slivinski, Acting Chair, Department of Economics, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002