Faculty of Fine Arts Council
Minutes of the Meeting of September 21, 2001
Present: C. Jackson (Chair); J. Acland, K. Austin, I. Bachmann, L. Berezowsky, D.
Berthiaume, M. Corwin, P. Cousineau-Levine, A. Fairchild, K. Griffin, H. Johnson,
W. Krol, P.Langdon, P.K. Langshaw, B. Layne, L. Lerner, C. MacKenzie, E.
Mongerson, K. O’Brien, S. Panet-Raymond, K. Perry, E. Sacca, J. Werner
Absent with apologies:
M. Brodeur, D. Pariser, C. Russell
Guests: E. Abitbol, K. Adams, H. Cossette, A. French, J.-P. Duchesne, J. Lefebvre, D.
1. Appointments to Fine Arts Faculty Council (FFAC-01-09-21-D1)
MOTION: (MacKenzie, Corwin)
“that the following appointments to Fine Arts Faculty Council be approved:
Department Representatives (2 year term)
D. Terry, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
D. Pariser, Department of Art Education
J. Werner, Department of Studio Arts
K. Austin, Department of Music
Part Time Faculty Representatives (1 year term)
L. Berezowsky, Department of Studio Arts
H. Johnson, Department of Studio Arts
D. Vivian, Department of Theatre."
Zs Approval of the Agenda
MOTION: (Mongerson, Fairchild)
“that the agenda for the meeting of September 21, 2001 be approved.”
3. Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of April 27, 2001
MOTION: (Fairchild, Langdon)
“that the minutes of the meeting of April 27, 2001 be approved.”
4, Business Arising from the Minutes
There was no business arising from the minutes.
The Dean introduced Associate Dean Danielle Morin of the John Molson School of Business who
was present to launch the Centraide campaign at Concordia. She explained the importance of
Centraide in funding many community based organizations, and asked Fine Arts staff and faculty to
give generously to the campaign. A donation card will be sent with the October 4th pay, which can
be used to make payroll deductions to the campaign.
6. Chair’s Remarks
The Dean welcomed the members of Council to the first meeting of the 2001-2002 academic year.
He noted that Council is the official academic decision making body for the Faculty of Fine Arts,
and is also a vehicle for the exchange of information. The minutes are distributed to all departments
monthly. He then asked all members present to introduce themselves.
The Dean made the following remarks:
° Many faculty members continue to be successful in obtaining major research grants.
Stephen Snow, Associate Professor in the Creative Arts Therapies programme, has obtained
a major SSHRC grant. This is an important breakthrough on the research front, as it
marks the first time that the arts therapies have received funding from this granting agency.
e Yves Bilodeau, Assistant Professor in the Department of Studio Arts, has been awarded an
$80,000 research grant by the Fondation Daniel Langlois.
° SSHRC is in the process of developing a new granting programme for the Fine Arts, which
will be similar to the FCAR programme "subventions pour les chercheurs/créateurs". Lynn
Hughes is our representative on the committee. °
° The Faculty has a new Recruitment Officer, Amanda French. She will be contacting
individual departments shortly to assess needs and develop a recruitment plan.
° Enrolments are up by 6% to 7% over last year.
° The Faculty’s operating budget for 2001-2002 has not yet been received from the
University. A new budgeting process, which is essentially FTE driven, is being proposed
for this year. At this point, having balanced its budget last year, there seems to be reason for
the Faculty to have cautious optimism concerning this year’s operating budget.
° This system of FTE driven budgets also means that the Faculty’s Financial Plan, which
outlined several measures for increasing the Faculty’s FTEs, through privatization, general
education, and improved retention, will become a central focus this year. The new budgeting
system has many disadvantages for Fine Arts; because the rate of funding is not
concomitant with actual costs, the Faculty is essentially underfunded. As a result,
management of enrolments will be critical to maintaining the Faculty’s budget.
A decision to devolve certain IITS services to Faculties and maintain only university-wide
services under the IITS umbrella was made late last spring. As a result, Associate Dean
Andrea Fairchild has been asked to assess existing IITS services used by the Fine Arts. In
doing so, she will conduct a needs assessment, consult with all academic departments, and
the Faculty’s own Centre for Digital Arts, and make a series of final recommendations on
devolvement by December 1, 2001. Until such time as her analysis is completed, ITS
staff, services and facilities continue to report to the Director of IITS, Andrew McAusland.
There are several new appointments in the Dean’s Office: Wolf Krol is the new Associate
Dean of Physical Resources. John Locke has completed his term as Associate Dean but
will continue to work on the New Building Project for Fine Arts. Andrea Fairchild’s term
as Associate Dean will finish on December 31. She will be replaced by Brian Foss, on
January 1, as Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs. Dean Jackson has been
appointed Acting Director-General of the Institute for Research and Creation‘in the Media
Arts and Technology (Hexagram). To assist during the period of his directorship, Andrea
Fairchild has been appointed Executive Associate Dean of the Faculty, and will work closely
with the Dean to ensure continuity of the Faculty’s day-to-day operations.
The tragedy of September 11th has affected all members of our community; sadly, this is
likely to have an impact on teaching and learning, for a long period of time.
Regarding ITS devolvement, K. Austin described his involvement over a thirty year period
at the University with some of these issues. Since the 1970’s, four areas - Library, AV,
Computing Services and Communication Systems - though clearly inter-related, have been
distinct administrative entities. As the University evolved, and particularly as these services
were housed in different buildings, the lack of communication between them became more
and more problematic. This is the larger context for the present discussion. Ultimately,
every classroom in the University needs to become a “smart” classroom, and projects such
as “distance education” must also be advanced. The present system has already decayed,
and must be overhauled quickly and completely, in order to address current needs.
Regarding the Strategic Plan, K. Griffin asked about progress on the report on technical
support staff. She added that three recent position abolitions have caused a “negative
spirit” among staff, and re-inforce the perception that consultation is not taking place. A
request to keep offices open during lunch hours, without consultation, has also disturbed
In response, the Dean re-iterated that there will be consultation with technical support staff
on the issues. However, the position abolitions are not related to this process, and are not
appropriate for discussion at Council. He re-affirmed his belief that the outcome of such a
report will be positive, but it is a complex task, requiring among other things, a thorough
review of present and projected needs, for the technical group. Regarding office hours and
access, the need to service students is both a recruitment and a retention issue. The ability
to make contact and obtain service provides an important first impression to students; more
attention must be paid to these issues.
K. Griffin noted that staff have not drawn any conclusions and remain open to the process;
however, perception is an important element in ensuring a productive outcome.
Regarding budget, C. MacKenzie asked if cautious optimism extended to an 18% increase,
which is what would be needed to return department budgets to their “pre-budget cut”
levels. The Dean could not guarantee that this would be the outcome.
Regarding recruitment, S. Panet-Raymond wondered about budget. Many departments use
their own funds to pay for recruitment activities; will there be a collective mechanism now to
pay for some of these activities. In response, the Dean asked Jean-Pierre Duchesne and
Amanda French to make some recommendations concerning budget, after they have met
with each department and assessed needs.
D. Berthiaume asked when the Budget Officer would be replaced. She added that
departments were not sure how or where to address budget queries in the absence of a
Faculty Budget Officer. In response, the Dean explained that recruitment for a Financial
and Planning Officer was currently in progress and would be completed shortly. In the
meantime, Shirley McLeod is handling budget matters.
Regarding budget, E. Saccd noted that this method of budget distribution within the
University is a recent phenomenon. The trend towards getting only the funding earned
hurts Fine Arts more than the other Faculties.
In conjunction with the above, S. Panet-Raymond raised the issue of Fine Arts students
continuing to follow elective courses outside the Faculty of Fine Arts, in particular, whether
this was detrimental to our own bottom line.
A discussion of general education then ensued. C. MacKenzie mentioned that Arts and
Science is looking for Fine Arts courses (3 credit models are preferable) and there seems to
be an opportunity for us to work with them on their general education requirements. She
suggested emphasizing existing courses, and reserving a couple of places per course for
Arts and Science students. L. Lerner had discussed the same with Bill Byers, who is
coordinating the general education requirement for Arts and Science. She also believed that
they were very open to receiving suggestions from Fine Arts.
S. Panet-Raymond wondered how courses fulfilling general education requirements were
indicated in the timetable and Calendar. In response, A. Fairchild noted that there will be a
special section in this year's Calendar outlining each Faculty’s general education
Regarding budget, K. Austin asked if the University had now instituted a system of budget
based upon enrolments earned, would the Faculty also extend this system to its own
departments. The Dean stated that this would not occur within Fine Arts and that
“equalization” payments within the Faculty would continue. He also added that the
University has maintained a partial equalization system. Unfortunately, even with this
formula, the Fine Arts budget remains status quo, except for FTE increases, while the other
Faculties will receive budget increases, even before FTE increases are calculated.
Appointments to Senate and Committees of Senate (FFAC-01-09-21-D2)
MOTION: (Fairchild, Cousineau-Levine)
“that the following appointments to Senate and Committees of Senate be approved:
Senate: (1 year term)
L. Roberge, Department of Studio Arts
University Library Committee (3 year term)
S. Paikowsky, Department of Art History."
9, Appointments to the Council of Graduate Studies (FFAC-01-09-21-D3)
There were no appointments submitted.
10. Undergraduate Curriculum Report #73 (FFAC-01-09-21-D4)
MOTION: (Fairchild, Langdon)
“that Undergraduate Curriculum Report #73 be approved.”
Associate Dean A. Fairchild presented the report, which consists of minor changes in the
Department of Music and the Department of Studio Arts.
K. Austin spoke against the proposed minor changes in the Specialization in Music Theory and
Composition. He pointed out that there are only 2 students currently enrolled in the Specialization
and asked that the entire Specialization be given a significant review. Enrolments, particularly in
required courses like INMS 450, have declined to a level that requires the course be taught as an
“overload” by full time faculty. Electro-acoustic students were formerly enrolled in this
Specialization, but now have their own Major. This has also contributed to its demise. He asked
Faculty Council to send a clear message to the Department of Music that the Specialization be re-
M. Corwin spoke in favour of the minor changes. A retired faculty member in the composition area
will be replaced this year, making discussion of the programme’s future somewhat premature.
S. Panet-Raymond asked if required courses such as INMS 450 had to be offered. In response,
M. Corwin noted that they had been, but as overload teaching by a full time faculty member. E.
Mongerson added that “volunteerism” cannot always be counted upon - however, he saw that
substitutions are always possible, and that a distinction must be made between curricular and
enrolment issues. All courses offered must meet the Faculty’s minimum enrolment policy.
P. Cousineau-Levine asked for clarification regarding INMS 450 and INMS 460 before voting. In
response, M. Corwin explained that INMS 460 is being made a required course, and has healthy
enrolments (15 - 16). Previously, it was included as an option on a list of several courses. These
other courses have now been dropped from the required list. INMS 450 was a required course
previously, and no change is presently contemplated nor presented in the Curriculum Report.
A friendly amendment, separating the above motion into two parts, was then made:
MOTION: (Fairchild, Corwin)
“that Minor Curriculum Changes presented by the Department of Music (pgs. 1 -4) of
Undergraduate Curriculum Report #73 be approved.”
MOTION: (Fairchild, Langdon)
“that Minor Curriculum Changes presented by the Department of Studio Arts (pgs. 5 and
6) of Undergraduate Curriculum Report #73 be approved.”
After a brief discussion, the question was called and CARRIED.
11. Graduate Curriculum Report #72 (FFAC-01-09-21-D5)
MOTION: (Fairchild, Langdon)
"that Graduate Curriculum Report #72 be approved."
Associate Dean A. Fairchild introduced the changes which have been proposed by the Creative Arts
Therapies, including changing the course code from ATRP to CATS, the addition of 6 credits of
Psychology to the admission requirements, and an extension of the time limit for program
completion from 2 years to 4 years to bring it into line with similar programs.
After a brief discussion, the question was called and CARRIED.
12. Institute for Research and Creation in the Media Arts and Technology (Hexagram)
Dean Jackson introduced the item, explaining that Hexagram, the Institute for Research and
Creation in the Media Arts and Technology, is a joint venture with Université du Québec a
Montréal, and also includes a minor partnership with Université de Montréal. He thanked both
Associate Dean Barbara Layne and Lynn Hughes for the work they had done in developing several
funding proposals (VRQ, FCAR, CFI) for the Institute. $1.5 million has already been released for
start up of the Institute.
He then asked Associate Dean Layne to continue the presentation. The fact that the Institute's
research programs are entirely arts-driven is both fundamental and unique. Its artist/researchers
will be involved in eight areas of research involving the arts and technology:
Emerging Cinema and Virtual Characters
Adaptive, Broadband and Wireless Video
Interactive Television and Virtual Communities
Interactive Performance and Sound
Immersive Environments, Virtual Reality, and Digital Gaming
Robotic Arts and Artificial Life
Interactive Textiles and Wearable Computers
Advanced Digital Imaging and Rapid Prototyping
After a brief power point presentation on the Institute, there were several questions and comments
from the floor:
W. Krol raised the issue of balance between the digital and traditional arts. Dean Jackson
agreed that this was the most important question before the Faculty at this time, and that a
common strategy was needed. The research of the Institute is content, not technology,
driven; this focus is common to all artist/researchers at Concordia, regardless of medium or
whether involved in the traditional or non-traditional arts.
P. Langdon was impressed by the level of communication between the institutions, as
demonstrated by the presentation; the formality of the process appears to have been helpful.
P.K. Langshaw saw many opportunities for exchange between the digital and traditional
arts, through such projects as virtual galleries and nomadic documentation.
During the first term, Associate Dean B. Layne will establish the Digital Council, as
outlined in the Faculty's Strategic Plan. This Council is the venue for discussion of many
these matters, including the question of balance between digital and traditional media.
K. Austin noted that the absence of a psychometric dimension, i.e. human perception, visual
modelling, in the Institute's proposed research projects. He also added that McGill had
included this aspect in their research project involving music and perception. Associate
Dean B. Layne indicated that the Institute was familiar with the work of the McGill team
and that contact had already been established.
E. Saccé and M. Corwin thanked Associate Dean B. Layne, Dean Jackson and the members
of the Institute for their work on behalf of the Faculty.
All members of Council applauded the presentation and echoed their thanks for the excellent work
that had already been done.
The meeting was then adjourned.
October 11, 2001