Senate Application

2017 applications for publicly elected positions on Senate are now CLOSED

Thank you to all those who have applied, only applicants shortlisted for a telephone interview will be contacted.  Please refer to the following information about our timelines:

Applications Open - December 2, 2016
-Application Deadline - March 1, 2017
-Shortlisting - March 2017
-Telephone Interviews - April 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2017
-Election of Senators - May Senate Plenary - May 4 & 5, 2017
-Senator Term Begins - July 1, 2017

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a publicly-elected University of Alberta Senator.  Our deadline has passed, however applications received after March 1, 2017 will not be considered for the the current academic year but will be retained for the following year or considered should a vacancy occur through out the year.  Applications are accepted year round.

Our previous application is available in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats.  More information about the role of a Senator can be found in our Membership Information.  More information on the Senate can be found here.

Please note, the Senate Nominating and Review Committee will only consider information requested in the application form.  Additional information submitted will be kept on file for reference but will not be circulated to the Committee.

Senate includes 30 elected members who serve a three-year term that may be renewed once.  Each year we seek to fill a portion of Senate’s membership with new elected members.  Elected Senators typically volunteer 50-100 hours per year as a part of their role.

For more information on applying to Senate, or Senate in general, please contact Karen Veitenheimer or Derek Roy-Brenneis.

If you have recently been a senior member of the University of Alberta community, we ask that you take a two year grace period before applying to Senate.

Introduction and Background
The Alberta University Act, 1906, created the Senate as the governing body of the University of Alberta. A series of revisions (1910, 1942, 1976), culminating in the Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta (PSLA) in 2003, brought the Senate’s duties and powers to what they are today, following the provisions of the Universities Act of 1976: “It is the duty of a senate to inquire into any matter that might benefit the university and enhance its position in the community.” (PSLA 13(1)). 

Within the context of this legislated Mission, the Senate acknowledges its mandate to inquire, promote and connect. To this end, the Senate:

  • Fulfills its legislated responsibilities as an independent, self-governing body within the PSLA through effective governance and efficient conduct of the business of Senate.
  • Engages as a valued partner with the University of Alberta, contributing positively to the University’s mandate, mission, vision, values and strategic priorities (For the Public Good).
  • Uses its collective wisdom to reflect and advance the communities’ interests, acting as an advocate, catalyst and conscience for the University community.
  • Examines and thoughtfully advises on issues related to the University.
  • Uses its legislated mandate, influence and resources to advance University of Alberta learning, discovery and citizenship, with a primary focus on connecting, engaging and responding to community stakeholders.
  • Acts as a bridge between the University and the communities it serves.
  • Provides a forum in which issues and concerns about post-secondary education in Alberta may be considered.
The University of Alberta Senate has 62 members:
  • By virtue of their offices: the chancellor, who is the chair; the university president (vice chancellor); the vice-president designated by the board; the chief academic officer for student affairs; the director of extension, or if none, the officer performing comparable functions; and the president and vice-president of the alumni association. 
  • Appointed members: 2 deans, appointed by the Deans’ Council; 2 members of the Board, appointed by the Board; 3 members of the General Faculties Council, appointed by the General Faculties Council; 2 members of the Alumni Association, appointed by the Alumni Association; 2 non-academic staff members, appointed by the Non-academic Staff Association; 4 members of the students’ association, appointed by the Council of the Students’ Union; 1 graduate students’ association member, appointed by the Graduate Students’ Association; and, 9 members of the public, appointed by the Minister. 
  • Elected, public members: 30 representative members, elected by the members of the Senate, to represent the diversities reflected in the university and the communities it serves. 
Only persons who are Canadian citizens or have been lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence are eligible to be appointed as members of a Senate under subsection (3)(b)(viii) of the PSLA. 

The University of Alberta Senate offers numerous opportunities for engagement and contribution for individuals who are approachable, with sound judgment, strong interpersonal skills, and the courage of personal convictions, and who have: 
  • a deep and abiding interest in public education; 
  • a passion for and commitment to the University of Alberta as a public institution; 
  • a commitment to supporting and advancing the university’s vision, strategy, and achievements; and 
  • a history of active involvement and respected engagement within their community. 
The following outlines additional key attributes and typical success criteria of current and prospective members of Senate, recognizing that some attributes will be developed through service on the Senate.

Attributes and Success Criteria of a University of Alberta Senator – 2017
The Ideal Candidate for Senator of the University of Alberta will be…
  • A principled and highly respected individual who acts with integrity and embraces cultural diversity.
  • An advocate, willing and able to contribute to building an equitable and diverse University of Alberta community for students, staff and faculty in the interest of the public good. 
  • An inspiring and engaging individual who will work to promote the University of Alberta as a leading Canadian teaching and research institution that is admired, respected, and trusted locally, nationally, and internationally. 
  • Respectful of and able to act in accordance with established Senate operational and communication guidelines and protocols; and willing to support other Senate members to consolidate a consistent understanding of the senate mandate and processes. 
  • A passionate ambassador and connector who seeks to create an open, inclusive, and welcoming community capable of building and growing relationships with both internal and external communities.
  • An effective communicator able to speak to and engage with a wide range of audiences as may be required.
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively, as the situation dictates, to fulfill the senate mandate. 
  • A catalyst in support of the University’s commitment to leading widespread social, cultural, and economic change for the public good.
  • A connector, collaborator, and consensus-builder willing and able to challenge conventional thinking.
  • A creative and innovative advisor, willing to put forward or consider novel approaches to problem solving and issue resolution; able and willing to provide original insight and share his/her environmental scans.
  • Reasonably available to attend Senate Plenary in person, and committee meetings in person or electronically; and have available discretionary time, flexibility, and energy to carry out the broader responsibilities of a Senator, including reasonable attendance at University Convocation exercises.
The Ideal Candidate for Chancellor of the University of Alberta will have…
  • Respect for and the willingness to promote stewardship of the University’s rich history and traditions. 
  • An understanding of and commitment to equity and diversity as central to a strong University of Alberta. 
  • A profound respect for the importance of the university’s efforts in building bridges with Aboriginal communities, including an understanding that the University of Alberta has made its home on traditional lands.
  • The demonstrated ability and willingness to create community connections and build relationships supportive of the University. 
  • Reasonable digital proficiency, and able and willing to use social media in accordance with Senate and University guidelines.
  • A genuine interest in and connection to University of Alberta students and alumni.
  • The commitment to the University’s role as a leader in economic and environmental sustainability and social justice.
  • A clear understanding of the role of the Senate and Senators within the University community.
  • The ability to partner with other key stakeholders in pursuit of the goals of the Senate and the University.
  • A presence and integrity that reflects the importance of the role of Senator, including a willingness to honour Senate and University traditions and ceremonies.
  • An ability and willingness to encourage and engage in healthy and constructive debate on an issue, listen actively, respect diverse opinions, and view constructive disagreement and discussion as positive and necessary to effective decision-making; and stay focused on the issue being debated.
  • A commitment to achieving results For the Public Good.

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