The Senate is comprised of representatives from the full-time and part-time faculty, the adnutesnistration, the staff, the students, the Board of Governors, the Anishinaabe People’s Council, and the President of Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig.
The Algoma University Act of 2008 outlines and establishes the role of Senate in the direction and operation of the University. The Senate is responsible for the educational policy of the University and may enact by-laws and regulations for the conduct of its affairs. For more information on the role and operation of Senate, please view the Academic Senate By-Laws (PDF).
Meet our Senate Members
Members of the Senate Executive Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) include:
Dr. Laurie Bloomfield
Speaker of Senate, Science Rep
President and Vice-Chancellor
Dr. Michele Piercey-Normore
Vice-President, Academic and Research (VPAR)
Dr. István Imre
Acting Academic Dean, Full Professor
University Registrar and Secretary
Department Chair, School of Business and Economics, Associate Professor
Dr. Linda Burnett
Faculty Chair, Humanities & Social Sciences, Associate Professor
Dr. Sheila Gruner
Faculty Chair, Social Sciences, Associate Professor
The title, Adjunct Professor, is normally granted by a university to individuals not holding a university appointment, but whose professional background and qualifications have led to their active participation in joint undertakings, usually teaching and/or research, with university faculty.
The position is intended to provide formal recognition of the special relationship between an individual outside the university (or an individual whose expertise contributes substantially to studies currently being undertaken by the university) and an academic unit within the university and shall be recognized as such under the Tri-Council Policy.
Criteria and Guidelines for Selection of Distinguished Faculty Awards
In 2006, the Academic Standards & Teaching and Learning Committee and the Algoma University College Senate established a Distinguished Faculty Award to recognize exceptional faculty contribution. The recipient embodies the ideals of the University’s mission: teaching excellence and scholarship, with a demonstrated commitment to community and institutional citizenship. One award will be presented annually at the June convocation to recognize the exemplary contribution to educational excellence at Algoma. Eligibility: The annual award is open to all faculty at the University, regardless of discipline or level of appointment. Selection: The Senate Executive Committee will evaluate evidence of: (a) excellence in teaching and scholarship over a number of years, and (b) commitment beyond the nominee’s discipline or profession; specifically, to the community and University.
|Year||Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient|
|2019||Dr. Cheryl Reed-Elder|
|2018||Professor Dave Galotta|
|2017||Dr. Michael DiSanto|
|2014||Professor Don Jackson|
|2013||Dr. Istvan Imre|
|2012||Dr. Gayle Broad|
|2010||Dr. Linda Savory Gordon|
|2009||Professor Jim Gibson|
|2008||Dr. Thomas Allaway|
|2007||Dr. Francis Guth|
|2006||Dr. William Osei|
|Year||Senate Award Recipient|
|2013||Christine Sayers, Anne Marie Jones|
|2000||Greg Sorbara, Gerald Nori|
|1998||Elsie Ann Savoie, Russell H. Ramsay|
Algoma University’s professor emeritus’ maintain their close ties to the University. As professors, they were instrumental in the shaping of the University’s academic legacy, and many today, continue their ongoing relationship with Algoma U.
For information on the appointment of professors and librarians emeriti, view our Appointment of Professors Emeriti and Librarians Emeriti policy (PDF).
School of Business and Economics
- D. V. Galotta, B.Comm (Hons), M.B.A (Queen’s), C.M.A
- R. K. Kadiyala, B.Sc. (Andhra), M.Sc. (Purdue), Ph.D. (Western)
- J.S. You, BA, MA (Seoul), PhD (S.U.N.Y)
School of Computer Science and Technology
- M.A. Keppel-Jones, BSc (Natal), BA (Hons) (Toronto), MSc (Queens), PhD (Cornell);
- J.J Rajnovich (Lake Superior State, MSc (McMaster), PhD (Western)
Community Economic and Social Development
- Dr. Gayle Broad, BA (Laurentian-Algoma), PhD (Bristol)
English and History
- J. Gibson, BA, MA (Manitoba);
- C.A. Sharman, BA, MA (British Columbia), PhD (Toronto)
- J.R Abbott, BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Toronto)
- F.R. Guth, BA (Hons), MA, LPh (Ottawa) PhD (Toronto)
Geography, Geology and Land Stewardship
- W. Osei, B.A. (Hons) (Ghana), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Western)
- C. Ross, B.A. (Queen’s), M.A., Ph.D. (Universite de Bordeaux III)
- T. Hahn, Mus Dip. (Davis), (Manhattan College of Music), Pius X School (Pontifical) of Liturgical Music (Manhattanville College)
- J.T Ross, BA (Hons) (Carleton), MA (Toronto)
- T. A. Allaway, BA (Hons) (Swarthmore), MA, PhD (Pennsylvania), C, Psych.; J.A Dunning, BA (Grinnell), MA (Western Michigan)
- C. Reed-Elder, B.Sc. (Mount Saint Vincent, B.Sc. (Hons) (St. Mary’s), M.A., Ph.D. (Dalhousie), C. Psych
- L. Sorensen, BA, MA, PhD (Western Ontario), C.Psych
- A. Rajput, MA (Punjab), MA (Indiana State), PhD (Minnesota)
- L. Savory Gordon, BA (Queen’s), MSW (McGill), PhD (Bristol)
Criteria and Guidelines for Selection of Honorary Degree Recipient
The Senate Executive Committee of the Algoma University Senate solicits recommendations for candidates for an honorary degree. The following guidelines
- Honorary degrees should not, except in exceptional circumstances, be awarded posthumously;
- Honorary degrees should not, except in exceptional circumstances, be awarded in absentia;
- Honorary degrees should not be awarded to Algoma University personnel oractive politicians;
- At the level of the Senate Executive Committee, unanimity among those presentis required (abstentions are not counted).
While the Committee is responsible for finding the best possible candidates in a given year and for ensuring a balance across various disciplines and groups over a period of time, the following categories are emphasized:
- Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the life of Northern Ontario and/or the area served by Algoma University;
- Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to intellectual and/or creative advancements in disciplines offered at Algoma University;
- Individuals who have made outstanding contributions in fields of regional, national and/or international life.
- Individuals who have made outstanding contributions that contribute to and reflect the special mission of Algoma University.
In the final analysis, the selection of honorary degree recipients at Algoma University should be guided by the outstanding nature and/or the originality of each candidate’s achievement. The degree awarded should be appropriate to the recognized contribution of the recipient. Pursuant to the Postsecondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000, Algoma University is allowed to advertise and offer one honorary doctorate per calendar year. The Algoma University Senate has the authority to award the following degree options: Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Letters, Doctor of Science, Doctor of Music, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Social Work and Doctor of Fine Arts.
Nominations for Honorary Degree will be recommended by the Senate Executive Committee to be approved by the Algoma University Senate. Deferred nominations will be placed on the nominee list when it considers future nominations. Nominees will remain eligible for reconsideration for a period of three years from the date of the nomination was first considered by the Senate Executive. If not selected for recommendation to Senate or denied with the three-year period, the name will be removed from the nominee list.
The report from the Senate Executive Committee regarding Honorary Degrees is then discussed and voted on by the members of the Algoma University Senate in camera; the results are not herein reported on the grounds of confidentiality. The successful candidate will be contacted by the Office of the President and will be allowed 45 days to confirm their availability to attend Convocation to receive the Honorary Degree. If the successful candidate cannot confirm their availability within this time period the nomination will be withdrawn, the name will be returned to the nominee list, and Senate Executive will recommend a new nominee to Senate.
On the recommendation of the Senate Executive Committee, the Senate may revoke an Honorary degree from an individual or remove an individual from the nominee list if any of the following becomes known to the Committee:
- The individual has been convicted of an indictable offence; or
- The individual has obtained the Honorary degree or been added to the nominee
list by fraud, deception, or any other inappropriate means;
- The individual has been removed for misconduct by a legal authority from any
official register or membership of the profession to which they belong.
Honorary Member of Algoma University
Honorary Membership may be bestowed upon persons who have contributed distinctive and distinguished service to the University or community. Investiture will take place at Convocation and will consist of a citation and the awarding of appropriate regalia [academic hood]. Normally an individual receiving the Honour would be expected to be present at Convocation, however, under exceptional circumstances, the Honour could be awarded in absentia. The Algoma University Senate will have the purview to award more than one Honorary Member of Algoma University during a calendar year.
|Year||Honourary Degree Recipient||Award|
|2017||Paul Thompson||Doctor of Letters|
|2016||Senator Murray Sinclair||Doctor of Laws|
|2015||Errol Caldwell||Doctor of Science|
|2014||Les Pyette||Doctor of Letters|
|2013||Joseph Boyden||Doctor of Letters|
|2012||Guy Traficante||Doctor of Letters|
|2011||Justice Susan E. Lang||Doctor of Laws|
|2010||Daphne Odjig||Doctor of Fine Arts|
|2008||Ronald Francis||Doctor of Letters|
|2007||Steven Jeromy Carriere||Doctor of Science|
|2006||Frederick Griffith||Doctor of Letters|
|2005||David M. Paciocco||Doctor of Laws|
|2004||Honourable James K. Bartleman||Doctor of Laws|
|2003||Frank Paci||Doctor of Letters|
|2002||Ted Nolan||Doctor of Laws|
|2001||Margaret Atwood||Doctor of Letters|
|2000||Olive Dickason||Doctor of Letters|
|1999||Nicholas Goldschmidt||Doctor of Letters|
|1998||Basil Johnston||Doctor of Letters|
|1997||Ken Danby||Doctor of Fine Arts|
|1994||Robert-Ralph Carmichael||Doctor of Letters|
|1993||David Lloyd Johnston||Doctor of Laws|
|1992||Tom Angus||Doctor of Science|
|1991||Roberta Bondar||Doctor of Science|
|1990||Morley Torgov||Doctor of Letters|
|1989||Daniel Erskine Pine||Doctor of Laws|
|1987||James E. MacDonald||Doctor of Letters|
|1985||D. G. Howell||Doctor of Science|
|1982||W. C. Winegard||Doctor of Laws|