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Sheridan Senate

 Sheridan Senate 2017-18

2017-2018 Sheridan Senate Members

About the Senate

Sheridan Senate approves Academic Policies and presents Academic Programming recommendations to the Board of Governors through the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board. Senate's main focus is academic quality.

  • The Chair of Senate is our President and Vice Chancellor
  • The Vice Chair of Senate is our Provost and VP Academic
  • Speaker of Senate (elected annually from voting Senators)
  • Deputy Speaker of Senate (elected annually from voting Senators)
  • Senate reports to the Board of Governors, Sheridan College.


Senate meets monthly from September to May on the 4th Thursday of each month, and on the third Thursday of June. (Senate does not meet in the months of December, July or August) Meetings are scheduled from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and rotate between campuses according to space availability.

View meeting schedule and minutes

Senate Authority

The CAAT Policy Framework and the Senate Board of Governors give the authority to the Sheridan Senate (formerly Academic Council) to assume the powers and duties as outlined in the Terms of Reference for Senate (approved June 1, 2016 by the Board of Governors). Over the 2011/2012 academic year, the Academic Council was revitalized through a significant restructuring and development of a new draft Terms of Reference. On September 20, 2012, a motion was moved and carried to rename the new Sheridan Academic Council the Sheridan Senate.


Today, the Senate is made up of 72 voting members, including:

  • 43 FT faculty (including 1 counsellor, 1 library staff, and 1 faculty member from the Centre for Teaching and Learning)
  • 5 NFT faculty
  • 5 student votes (10 student members with a maximum of 5 votes for any one decision), and;
  • 19 Ex-Officio members

Faculty (full-time and non-full-time) membership is determined within each Academic Faculty through formal elections each spring, and FT representation numbers on Senate are proportionate to the number of FT professors in each Faculty. 

Voting members on Senate normally serve a three year term and are eligible to serve one additional 3 year term. Ex-officio Senators remain on Senate as long as they hold their position at Sheridan.

View Senate membership list (PDF)

Ex-officio voting members of Senate include the:

  • President, who is Chair
  • Provost, and Vice President Academic, who is Vice-Chair
  • Vice Provost, Academic
  • Vice Provost, Research
  • Director, Library and Learning Services
  • Registrar
  • Dean of Students
  • Dean, Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Academic Deans - five (5)
  • Academic Associate Deans - five (5), and
  • President, Union Local 244

Ex-officio Non-voting members are:

  • Director, International
  • VP, Student Experience and Enrolment Management
  • VP, Human Resources
  • Chief Change Officer
  • Manager, Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support
  • VPA, Integrated Learning Services

There are 5 Standing Committees of Senate:

  • Academic Policy Committee
  • Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activities Committee
  • Learning Partnerships and Academic Pathways Committee
  • Program Quality Assurance Committee
  • Teaching and Learning Committee

Standing Committees of Senate meet monthly and report to Senate.

Each Academic Faculty has its own Local Academic Council (LAC) which does work similar to that of the Senate at the local level with membership including significant cross representation between the Faculty LAC and the Senate for alignment and communication purposes.

View Sheridan Senate Procedures

For additional information, contact the Secretary of Senate, Tracy Smith at or 905-815-4022

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