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New working groups to advise on academic planning and safe return of on-campus activity

May 21, 2020 — 

The University has established two new working groups to support strategic planning during this pandemic: the COVID-19 Academic Planning Working Group, and the COVID-19 Recovery Working Group.

The Academic Planning Working Group, chaired by Todd Mondor, Deputy-Provost (Academic Planning and Programs), is responsible for providing advice to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) with respect to academic planning measures that will be undertaken in response to COVID-19 pandemic. This working group shall develop plans, strategies and tactics necessary to maintain high-quality academic programming despite the changes to standard teaching methods and assessments necessitated by the societal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and consider academic unit recovery plans. The group’s full membership list is below.

The Recovery Working Group will lead the review of the academic, research and other recovery plans for a slow, safe and phased-in restoration of on-campus activity. This working group is chaired by both Andrew Konowalchuk, Associate Vice-President (Administration) and Todd Mondor, Deputy-Provost (Academic Planning and Programs), and provides strategic advice to the President through the Vice-President (Administration). This working group is also supported by an Operational Planning sub-committee. The recovery group’s full membership list is below.

The Recovery Working Group has established five guiding principles to inform its work:

  • The health and safety of students, staff, faculty and visitors is the over-arching priority.
  • All students, staff and faculty will work remotely unless approval has been granted to work on campus.
  • Any activity on campus, whatever its nature, will be carried out while strictly respecting the constraints of public health authorities and in accordance with government guidelines and directives.
  • Recovery of on-campus activities will be gradual and in keeping with the University’s stated principles and recovery plan.
  • The University will continue to take into consideration and accommodate special circumstances for staff, faculty and students, including health conditions.

UM COVID- 19 Academic Planning Working Group

  • Chair – Todd Mondor, Deputy Provost (Academic Planning & Programs)
  • Member – Mark Torchia, Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning)
  • Member – Laurie Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students)
  • Member – Lisa O’Hara, Vice-Provost (Libraries)
  • Member – Jay Doering, Associate Vice-President Research (Partnerships)
  • Member – Martin Scanlon, Dean, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Member – Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Dean, Pharmacy
  • Member – Greg Smith, Associate Dean (Academic), Arts
  • Member – Neil Marnoch, Registrar
  • Member – Jeff Adams, Executive Director of Enrolment Services
  • Member – Brandy Usick, Executive Director, Student Engagement & Success
  • Support – Pam Trupish, Director, Provost’s Office

UM COVID-19 Recovery Working Group

  • Co-Chair – Andrew Konowalchuk, AVP (Administration)
  • Co-Chair – Todd Mondor, Deputy Provost (Academic Planning & Programs)
  • Member – Lisa O’Hara, Vice-Provost (Libraries)
  • Member – Laurie Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students)
  • Member – Mark Torchia, Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning)
  • Member – Darlene Smith, AVP (Human Resources)
  • Member – Naomi Andrew, AVP (Legal Services)
  • Member – Jay Doering, AVP (Partnerships)
  • Member – Gary Glavin, AVP (Research)
  • Member – Stefi Baum, Dean, Science
  • Member – Doug Brown, Dean, Kinesiology & Recreation Management
  • Member – Peter Nickerson, Vice-Dean (Research) & Distinguished Professor, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Member – Greg Smith, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts
  • Member – Alan Scott, Chief Risk Officer
  • Member – Raman Dhaliwal, Director, Admin/Operations, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Member – Andrea Edmunds, Director, Ancillary Services
  • Member – Steve Cumpsty, Director, Operations & Maintenance
  • Member – John Dodd, Director, Risk Management
  • Member – Rick Jansen, Director, Security Services
  • Member – Myrrhanda Novak, Interim Director, Government Relations and Strategic Communications (to represent External Relations)
  • Support – Colleen Limon, Director, Office of the VP (Admin)
  • Support – Blake Minaker, Office of Change Mgmt & Project Services
  • Support – Tannis Campbell, Manager, Office of the AVP (Admin)

 

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