GFC Standing Committees

Much of the work of GFC is conducted by its nine standing committees. Using delegated authority from GFC, or making recommendations for action to GFC, over 200 members of the University community serve the institution. To join a standing committee, see information on vacancies

GFC Academic Planning Committee

The GFC Academic Planning Committee (APC) is General Faculties Council's (GFC's) senior committee dealing with academic, financial and planning issues. As such, it is not only responsible to GFC (or the Board) for the specific matters itemized below, but may also ask to consider or recommend to GFC on any academic issue. GFC APC is also responsible to GFC for promoting an optimal learning environment for students and excellence in teaching, research, and graduate studies. For more detailed information about GFC APC, please see the GFC Academic Planning Committee Terms of Reference located below. For more information, contact Kate Peters.

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GFC Committee on the Learning Environment

The GFC Committee on the Learning Environment (CLE) is the committee responsible for the promotion of excellence in teaching and of an optimal learning environment, as well as with the provision of appropriate information resources to the university community as a whole. For more detailed information about CLE, please see the GFC Committee on the Learning Environment Terms of Reference located below. For more information, contact Heather Richholt.

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GFC Executive Committee

The GFC Executive Committee (EXEC) proposes the agenda to GFC, carries out functions delegated to it by GFC. Exec has the power to act on behalf of GFC in areas as set in the Committee Terms of Reference located below. For more information, contact Kate Peters

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GFC Executive Subcommittee on Governance and Procedural Oversight 

The GFC Executive Subcommittee on Governance and Procedural Oversight (Exec GPO) is a standing subcommittee of GFC Executive charged with Governance Procedural Oversight including delegations of authority, issues that arise with Meeting Procedural Rules, and regular 3-year reviews of GFC's Guiding Documents and Terms of Reference for GFC and GFC Standing Committees.  Exec GPO holds no delegated authority from GFC. For more information, contact Heather Richholt.

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 GFC Facilities Development Committee

The GFC Facilities Development Committee (FDC) makes recommendations to General Faculties Council and the Board of Governors on space plans, the design and use of facilities, and policies related to facilities and planning. For more information, contact Kate Peters

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GFC Nominating Committee

The GFC Nominating Committee (NC) is responsible for recommending individuals to serve on GFC standing committees and other bodies requiring representation from GFC or the University community. For more information, contact Heather Richholt.


Student and Staff Membership Replenishment - View Position Vacancies

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GFC Programs Committee

The GFC Programs Committee oversees matters related to programs of study and courses, admission requirements, and academic standing regulations, formally done by the GFC ASC Committee, disbanded on September 1, 2021.  Past minutes remain available here. For more information and templates related to credit and non-credit program development, visit the Office of the Provost website. For more information, contact Heather Richholt

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GFC Student Conduct Policy Committee 

 The Student Conduct Policy Committee (SCPC) provides oversight for the university's student discipline codes. SCPC may be called upon to provide advice to the Provost and the Vice-President (Academic) on rules and regulations other than discipline codes. The Campus Law Review Committee was renamed SCPC in 2017. Past minutes remain available here. For more information, contact Heather Richholt

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GFC University Teaching Awards Committee

Please note: The work of the University Teaching Awards Committee has been paused until further notice while the Provost examines the award processes from the perspective of Indigenous Initiatives and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The work is being led by Dr. John Nychka, Vice-Provost (Learning Initiatives) and will continue over Fall, 2021. For more information, contact Kate Peters

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GFC Committee on the Documentation of Indigeneity

The Committee on the Documentation of Indigeneity (CDI) is a standing committee with delegated authority from GFC to determine the standards, and approve policy and calendar language respecting the documentation of Indigeneity in Canada. For more information, contact Kate Peters.

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Council on Student Affairs

The Council on Student Affairs (COSA) provides and considers proposals and policies before GFC in light of their impact on students and student academic affairs. For more information, contact Kate Peters.

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Other Committees to which GFC Elects

The following administrative committees have terms which call upon GFC to arrange for the annual nomination and election of student and/or staff representatives, as committees are established.

Please consult UAPPOL for the comprehensive procedures of each committee (eg, mandate, terms of reference, committee composition). For further contact information (eg, committee coordination, meeting schedule), please refer to the " Office of Administrative Responsibility", as specified within the related procedure.

For committee nomination information, please email: Heather Richholt, Assistant Secretary to GFC ( heather.richholt@ualberta.ca).

View current vacancies for membership opportunities

Administrative Committee Brief Overview/Role Office Of Administrative Responsibility
Department Chair Selection Committees

(panel of faculty members)
Faculty members are chosen in rotation from a panel of fifteen (15) members to serve on department chair selection committees.

These individual committees are constituted as department chair selection processes are initiated by the Provost and VP (Academic) or Delegate.
Office of the Provost And Vice-President (Academic)

Procedure In UAPPOL
Extension Faculty Council Represents University interests on Extension's Faculty Council.

Council meets on average 6 times per academic year.
Faculty Of Extension
University Of Alberta Museums Policy and Planning Committee Advise University Administration and governance bodies on matters relating to the university of Alberta Museums.

Committee meets on average 4 times per year.
University Of Alberta Museums
The Senate Links with the community and is an independent advisory body of community leaders.

The University Senate meets on average 4 times per year.
University Of Alberta Senate

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