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General Faculties Council

Opportunity to Serve: One (1) Graduate Student - DEADLINE EXTENDED


The GSA Nominating Committee (GSA NoC) invites nominations from graduate students to fill one (1) at-large position for service on the General Faculties Council, the University’s highest level of academic governance. The term of office for these positions begins 1 May 2019 and ends 30 April 2020. 



If you are interested in putting your name forward to serve on GFC, please fill out the attached form and email it to gsa.nomcomm@ualberta.ca by Monday, 8 April 2019 at 12 PM (Noon) (DEADLINE EXTENDED).


Nominations received will be circulated as submitted via email to GSA Nominating Committee.




GFC Mandate

“[…] General faculties council is responsible for the academic affairs of the university” (Post-Secondary Learning Act, C P-19.5, Section 26(1)).

Graduate students at-large on the GFC will also be encouraged to join GFC Standing Committees.

The terms of reference for GFC can be found here.



Graduate students at-large on GFC must be available to attend GFC meetings. The GFC Terms of Reference state: “If a student misses two consecutive meetings, or more than three meetings, the […] Graduate Students’ Association may request that the Chair declare the position vacant” (GFC Terms of Reference, “Attendance”).


GFC and GSA GFC Caucus Meetings:

GFC meets on the third or fourth Monday of each month at 2 PM (dates to be confirmed).

Graduate student members of GFC also attend meetings of the GSA Caucus for the GFC. These meetings are held prior to each GFC meeting. “The GSA GFC Caucus is a forum to coordinate graduate student representation in the GFC Meeting (GSA Bylaw and Policy, Section G: GSA Caucuses, GSA Bylaw, GSA Caucuses, Section G.POL.2.2.a).  In order to effectively coordinate GFC representation, it is important that all students elected to the GFC attend these Caucus meetings (dates and times TBD).




Should insufficient applications be received by the above deadline, the GSA Nominating Committee will commence a directed search process to fill remaining vacancies.

If you are not selected for service on this committee we will notify you, and we will ask for permission to keep your name and resume/bio on file for other possible committee openings.