Terms of Reference
The Senate created the Senate Committee on Teaching and Teaching Evaluation on February 7, 2005 by resolution 2004‑2005.38. The terms of reference were amended by resolution 2007-2008.71, on April 7, 2008 and resolution 2008-2009.42, on March 5, 2009.
The Senate Committee on Teaching and Teaching Evaluation is a standing advisory committee of the Senate. It reports to the Executive Committee of Senate and advises the Senate on all teaching aspects.
Terms of Reference
- 1. To promote teaching and learning excellence in all its forms as well as the importance and the innovative character of teaching at the University.
- 2. To implement initiatives that influence the quality of professors’ teaching experience at the University (tools, practices, environment and policies).
- 3. To administer the Teaching and Learning Grants Program and the Special Grants Program for Innovative Pedagogical Material in French.
- 4. To implement strategies to ensure appropriate recognition of excellence in teaching during an academic career.
- 5. To oversee the maintenance and development of tools that enable students to provide their input on the quality of teaching.
- 6. To ensure the development of evaluation tools that take into account the different types of teaching and the academic support offered at the University of Ottawa.
- 7. To facilitate and promote communication with the entire academic community to better meet its evaluation needs.
- 8. To ensure that evaluation is promoted to students and professors.
- 9. To submit an annual activity report to the University Senate.
The members of the Senate Committee on Teaching and Teaching Evaluation are:
- 1. the Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning Support
- 2. one full time faculty member of each faculty, preferably a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, recommended by the Vice-President, Academic and Provost and appointed by the Executive Committee of the Senate
- 3. two part-time faculty members, one from humanities and one from sciences, recommended by the Vice-President Academic and Provost and appointed by the Executive Committee of the Senate
- 4. two undergraduate student senators, appointed by the student senators
- 5. two graduate student senators, appointed by the student senators
The Committee may invite other people to its meetings, for consultation purposes.
Terms of Office
Terms of office are for:
- three years for full-time faculty members
- two years for part-time faculty members
- one year for student members
Terms are renewable.
Any appointed member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings without prior notice or a valid reason is deemed to have resigned.
The Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning Support is the chairperson of the Committee.
The Senate Committee on Teaching and Teaching Evaluation meets at least four times a year, upon request of the chair.
A majority of the members constitutes the quorum.
Secretarial services are provided by the Teaching and Program Evaluation Coordinator from the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost.