Renaissance Committee

Posted December 9, 2013
The Renaissance Committee final revised report is available here.

Posted November 25, 2013
The Renaissance Committee (RC) report is available here. The errata shall no longer be posted pursuant to the direction of the Executive Committee; the Revised report dated December 9, 2013 of the Renaissance Committee sets out the major changes in its Preface.

Posted May 3, 2013
A Question and Answer session is scheduled from 2:00 to 3:00 on Monday 13 May in Education South 129. Please attend to hear an update on the committee’s activities, ask questions, and give committee members the benefit of your thinking. Please know that if you cannot attend, information and suggestions can always be sent to

Posted December 5, 2012
Renaissance Committee Town Hall
All academic staff are warmly invited to come and meet the ten members of the Renaissance Committee at an introductory town hall meeting: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in CCIS 1-440 (Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, North Lecture Theatres).

Hear about the objectives of the Renaissance Committee as it begins its work on behalf of the academic community, and take this opportunity to be introduced to each member of the committee. A Q&A will follow. If you have questions regarding the event, please contact Kim at

Posted November 29, 2012
Renaissance Committee final selection
We are pleased to announce that the following members have been jointly appointed to the AASUA – Board of Governors Renaissance Committee:

• James (JC) Cahill, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science
• Jason Carey, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
• Chris Cheeseman (co-chair), Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and Vice-Provost and Associate Vice President, Human Resource Services
• Terra Garneau, APO, Research Facilitator, Research Services Office, Faculty of Engineering
• Florence Glanfield, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Secondary Education, Faculty of Education
• Lili Liu, Professor, Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
• Lu-Anne McFarlane, Associate Clinical Professor CAS:T, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
• Ian MacLaren (co-chair), Professor, Department of History and Classics and Department of English and Film Studies, Faculty of Arts
• Kisha Supernant, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts
• Imre Szeman, Professor and CRC, Department of English and Film Studies, Faculty of Arts

Both the AASUA and the Board wish to thank all those who put their names forward to be considered and congratulates the appointed members who are willing to serve on this important committee. The Renaissance Committee will now begin its work.

Information about the “Role of the Renaissance Committee” (which includes the Terms of Reference) and the 2013–2015 Compensation Agreement and the Detailed Negotiations are located at the top of this page.

Posted November 22, 2012
Council appoints its slate of nominations for the Renaissance (REN) Committee

At its November 15, 2012 meeting, Council approved the following names of people that were shortlisted by the Executive Committee: James (JC) Cahill, Terra Garneau, Kisha Supemant, and lmre Szeman. Their blosketches as well as the criteria used for shortlisting are available below. Council wishes to express gratitude to our members who submitted their names for consideration, and congratulates those members who were shortlisted.

Council elected Carolyn Sale and Malinda Smith to the Joint Appointments Committee. lan MacLaren (co-chair of the REN Committee) and AASUA President Donna Wilson will also sit on this committee. The Board of Governors have appointed the Provost, Colleen Skidmore, Bill Connor, and Chris Cheeseman (co-chair of the REN Committee) to sit on this Joint Appointments Committee.

The next step in the process is for the Joint Appointments Committee to select the members that will comprise the REN Committee pursuant to the terms of reference available at the bottom of this page. A joint announcement is expected next week once the REN Committee members have been selected.


Posted October 24, 2012
Deadline for Self-Nominations for Renaissance Committee is October 26, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
We encourage you to self-nominate or encourage other AASUA members to self-nominate for the Renaissance (REN) Committee. A previous Rhumblines outlined the information requested for the October 26, 4:00 p.m. deadline and can be accessed here. After that deadline, a confidential and respectful review of applicant information will take place by the Executive Committee. A short-list of applicants will be provided to Council for their November 15, 2012 meeting.The (Acting) Provost has pledged not only workload relief for those persons appointed to the REN Committee, but also resources for the REN Committee so that it can do the work required.

Three Renaissance Committee Motions Approved at October 18, 2012 Council Meeting
Whereas the Renaissance Committee will strive to achieve transparency in its engagement of the entire membership of AASUA during the tenure of its work, be it resolved

Motion 1: that at its meeting of 1 November, AASUA Executive 1) determine the criteria by which to short-list self-nominations for service on the Renaissance Committee, 2) short-list the self-nominations based on those criteria, and 3) present both, including short-listed members’ bio-sketches, to Council for approval at its meeting of 15 November

Motion 2: that Executive exclude any individuals on the short-list provided by Administration that should not be considered for appointment to the Renaissance Committee

Motion 3: that, as soon as possible after the meeting of Council on 15 November, a joint AASUA/Board appointments committee appoint no fewer than six members, an equal number from each short list, to the Renaissance Committee. This joint appointments committee will comprise two members appointed by and from AASUA Council, the AASUA president, two persons chosen by the administration, the acting provost and the Renaissance Committee’s co-chairs as per the agreed upon and approved terms of reference of 9 May and 4 June 2012.

Posted October 10, 2012
Call for AASUA Members for Self-Nominations for the Renaissance (REN) Committee
As directed by Council, the Executive Committee developed the following process for self-nomination for the REN Committee:

1. The deadline for self-nominations is Friday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m.
2. The following information should be sent by email attachment to
(a) a biosketch; along with your full name, credentials, current U of A address, and contact information;
(b) information about why you would like to be a member of the REN Committee; and
(c) information on your availability, skills, knowledge, and other attributes or characteristics that would be of helpful assistance to the REN Committee as it forms and conducts its work (as negotiated and ratified in Spring 2012).

The self-nomination information should be less than two single-spaced pages (easy-to-read script, 12-point font and one-inch margins). You must be an AASUA member to apply.

All applicants must be aware that if they are short-listed for the REN Committee, their names and biosketches may become public and there is no guarantee that they will be selected for the REN Committee.

The Provost will meet with the Deans of AASUA members, who are selected to the REN Committee, to determine workload release.

Posted October 2, 2012
Notice of Upcoming Call for Self-Nominations for the Renaissance Committee
AASUA Council will soon be inviting every AASUA member to consider putting his or her name forward for membership on the Renaissance Committee. We will be asking for a bio sketch and a statement as to why you want to be on the Renaissance Committee and what you can contribute to it. More details will follow shortly as to deadlines for sending self-nominations and other considerations such as workload.

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