Senate Committee on Teaching and Teaching Evaluation

Recommendation approved by the Senate - October 1997

"The Senate Committee on Teaching and Teaching Evaluation recommends that all the University of Ottawa courses involving at least nine contact hours with the same professor should be evaluated by the students, regardless of the number of students and the teaching method used. Evaluations should be done on the officially recognized form; however, if this form is not convenient for the type of evaluation, a new form should be designed."

Mandate

Terms of Reference

Establishment

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.

Status

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.

Membership

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 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.

Officer

The Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning Support is the chairperson of the Committee.

Meetings

The Senate Committee on Teaching and Teaching Evaluation meets at least four times a year, upon request of the chair.

Quorum

A majority of the members constitutes the quorum.

Secretarial services

Secretarial services are provided by the Teaching and Program Evaluation Coordinator from the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost.

Next meetings

September, 2017

Members

  • Aline Germain-Rutherford (president)
    Associate Vice-President
    Teaching and Learning Support Service
  • Graciela Dancose (secretary)
    Coordinator, Evaluation of Programs and Courses
  • Ali Abbas
    Part-time professor
    Sciences
  • Amir Attaran
    Professor
    Common Law
  • Eric Chen
    Undergraduate Student Senator
  • Denis Cousineau
    Professor
    Social Sciences
  • Elena Ilina
    Part-time professor
    Humanities
  • Robert Laganière
    Professor
    Engineering
  • John Leddy
    Professor
    Medicine
  • Colin Montpetit
    Professor
    Science
  • Denis Nadeau
    Professor
    Civil Law
  • Eileen O'Connor
    Professor
    Health Sciences
  • Pawrnaa Perinpanayagam
    Undergraduate Student Senator
  • Patrice Philie
    Professor
    Arts
  • François-Éric Racicot
    Professor
    Telfer School of Management
  • Adam Strömbergsson-DeNora
    Graduate Student Senator
  • David Trumpower
    Professor
    Education
  • Jack Yue Heng Xu
    Graduate Student Senator
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