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From: Anwar Kazimi, Chief Returning Officer
Date: November 16, 2010
Subject: 2011 Governing Council and Academic Board Call for Nominations
Nominations for election to seats on the Governing Council and the Academic Board will be accepted between Friday, January 7, 2011 at 12:00 noon and Friday, January 21, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Nomination forms will be available as of January 7th online at http://www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/elections.htm. Paper copies may be obtained from the Office of the Governing Council, Room 106, Simcoe Hall.
Please encourage outstanding alumni, students, and teaching staff whom you feel could contribute to University governance to consider running as a candidate in the upcoming elections. Prospective candidates are advised to review the Elections Guidelines, 2011, which were approved conditionally by the University Affairs Board on November 2, 2010. The Guidelines were approved conditionally subject to Governing Council approval on December 16, 2010 that the rank of Sessional Lecturer III be designated as an academic rank for the purposes of clause 1. (1) (m) of the University of Toronto Act, 1971. These Guidelines provide important information regarding election procedures, nominator and nominee eligibility requirements, campaign principles, allowable campaign expenses, etc.
Information on the work of the Governing Council and the Academic Board, respective nomination period dates, and seats open for election is provided below. Comprehensive information about both bodies is available at: http://www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/home.htm.
Please note that the University of Toronto Act requires that members of the Governing Council be Canadian citizens. There is no citizenship requirement for service on the Academic Board.
Additional information about serving on the Governing Council or the Academic Board may be obtained by contacting me at 416-978-8427 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Deputy Returning Officer, Ms Mae-Yu Tan (416-978-8794; email@example.com).
The Governing Council is the senior governing body of the University responsible for overseeing the academic, business, and student affairs of the University. Membership includes the Chancellor, the President, 8 alumni, 12 teaching staff, 8 students, 2 administrative staff, 16 government appointees, and 2 Presidential appointees. Members of the Governing Council serve as volunteers.
The Governing Council is responsible for matters such as:
• Providing guidance on the University’s long term strategic direction;
• Advising on and approving financial policies, and approving the annual operating budget and audited financial statements;
• Oversight of human resources policies;
• Reviewing and approving institutional master plans and major capital projects, and monitoring project
• Academic quality; and
• Student experience.
I. Nominations will be accepted for the following 8 student and 3 teaching staff seats between Friday, January 7 and Friday, January 21, 2011
• 3 teaching staff seats (1 UTM seat; 1 OISE seat; 1 seat for a member of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, the Faculty of Forestry, the Faculty of Information, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Music, or the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work), each for a three-year term (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014)
• 4 full-time undergraduate student seats, each for a one-year term (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012)
• 2 part-time undergraduate student seats, each for a one-year term (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012)
• 2 graduate student seats, each for a one-year term (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012)
II. Applications will be accepted for 3 alumni seats between Monday, December 13, 2010 and Friday, January 28, 2011, each for a three-year term (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014).
The Academic Board is composed of 122 members, 50 of whom are elected teaching staff. The Board is responsible for such matters as admissions and awards policies; establishment of new academic programs; establishment, termination, or restructuring of academic units; academic appointments policy; budget guidelines and annual budgets; capital plans and projects; curriculum and academic regulations; academic discipline; and research policy.
I. Nominations for the following 16 teaching staff and librarian seats will be accepted between Friday, January 7 and Friday, January 21, 2011, each for a three-year term (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014).
• Applied Science and Engineering: 1 seat
• Arts and Science: 4 seats
• Information: 1 seat
• Law: 1 seat
• Medicine: 4 seats
• Nursing: 1 seat
• OISE: 1 seat
• UTM: 1 seat
• UTSC: 1 seat
• Librarians: 1 seat