Department Governance

Department Chair
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At UofT, the Faculty of Arts and Science undergraduate Chairs report to the Dean, while the first stop for a department faculty member is normally her undergraduate Chair. Departmental committees are advisory to the Chair, who is vested with a host of decision-making powers for the unit, though chairs typically heed the advice of their constituent committees.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the UTSG/Graduate Anthropology Department consists of the Undergraduate Co-ordinator St. George, the Graduate Program Co-ordinator, Department Manager, and Chair/Graduate Chair. Periodically the Executive is joined by the Chair of the Graduate Fellowships Committee. Members meet weekly for a minimum of two hours to discuss day-to-day activities of the department.

Associate Chair

Either the Graduate Co-ordinator or the Undergraduate Co-ordinator will also hold the position of Associate Chair, depending on their expected availability during absences of the Chair. Generally, however, if the Graduate Coordinator’s budgetary appointment is held at UTM or UTSC, the Undergraduate Co-ordinator St. George assumes this role.

Graduate Policy Committee

The Graduate Co-ordinator convenes the Graduate Policy Committee made up of one representative from each subdiscipline in the Tri-Campus Graduate Department; it meets as often as necessary during the academic year, usually twice per term. It is responsible for first airing issues and drafting motions governing our graduate programs upon which the graduate constituency will be asked to vote in meetings of the Graduate Board (all core graduate faculty plus the co-presidents of the AGSU).

Graduate Coordinator

The Graduate Co-ordinator must be a tenure-stream faculty member holding a Graduate Department position at UTSG, UTM, or UTSC. If he or she does not hold an undergraduate/budgetary appointment at UTSG, FAS arranges a 1.0 course buy-out with the incumbent’s budgetary unit for the duration of the appointment.

Fellowships Chair

The Fellowships Chair oversees the committee that ranks graduate student applications for provincial and tri-council scholarships and adjudicates university-level and in-house awards. The Fellowships Chair currently receives a 0.5 course release.

Undergraduate Co-ordinator

The Undergraduate Co-ordinator must be a tenure-stream member of the UTSG undergraduate Department and receives a 0.5 teaching release.

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

The Undergraduate Co-ordinator  convenes the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, consisting of one representative from each subdiscipline in the undergraduate department. This committee meets as often as necessary, but mainly in the fall when curriculum for the subsequent year is being set.

St. George Board

The Undergraduate Co-ordinator presides with the Undergraduate Chair over the St. George Board, the council of undergraduate instructors and student representatives, which meets at least three times a year.

Department Manager

The Department Manager is a non-unionized professional who oversees all unionized department staff; s/he and the Chair convene biweekly meetings with staff to ensure that everyone stays informed of each other’s work schedules and issues important to the department as a whole. Staff include the Graduate Administrator, Undergraduate Administrator, Financial Officer, Department Assistant, Chair’s Secretary, and Lab Technician.

Program administrators (staff) work closely with relevant program co-ordinators (faculty); the Lab Technician works closely with the Chair of the Space and Resources Committee and with faculty who have teaching and research labs.

Tri-Campus Executive Committee

The Tri-Campus Executive Committee consists of the Department Executive plus the other Tri- Campus administrators: the Chair of Anthropology UTM, and the Anthropology Representative in the Department of Social Sciences UTSC. This group meets twice per year, or as needed.

Graduate Chair’s Tri-Campus Advisory Committee

The Graduate Chair’s Tri-Campus Advisory Committee consists of the Tri-Campus Executive plus the Fellowships Chair, the graduate sub-discipline representatives and the co-presidents of the AGSU. This body meets at least once during the academic year or as needed to discuss matters affecting the graduate program, graduate funding and the like.

Other Departmental Committees

Other departmental committees include Space and Resources St. George (which has tri-campus representation), and the Colloquium and Events Committee (which has tri-campus and multisubdisciplinary representation). Faculty are canvassed for their preferred service duties in the spring; the Chair and the Executive Committee review submissions, take late commitments into account, and try to assign committees during the summer before the start of the subsequent term.