Teaching and Learning


12 Senators (including 3 student members [preferably 2 undergraduate and 1 graduate student] and 1 convocation member)

Quorum: 6 voting members

Terms of Reference
  • To advise Senate and its committees on such matters of teaching and learning as it may consider appropriate, or as may be referred to it from time to time.
  • To provide a leading forum for the discussion of the teaching and learning environment of the University, including the social and emotional well-being of all involved in the teaching / learning process.
  • To assume responsibility in the evaluation and assessment of the evidence (data) pertaining to teaching and learning practices at the University and provide recommendations for the betterment of such practices on the basis of such evidence.
  • To promote both Senate and University-wide discussion regarding matters of teaching and learning, inclusive of that arising in the research enterprise of the University.
  • To make recommendations, as appropriate, on matters of teaching and learning.

Elected from Senate
Dr. Marina Adshade
Dr. Elisa Baniassad
Dr. Simon Bates
Kareem Hassib (Student)
Dr. Andre Ivanov
Dr. Suzie Lavallee
Salva Sharif (Student)
Dr. Catherine D. Rawn
Mrs. Karen Smith (Chair)
Richard Spencer
Dr. HsingChi von Bergmann
Enav Zusman (Student)

Ex Officio
Registrar (non-voting)
An associate vice-president academic, as designated by the Academic Vice-President
Director, First Nations House of Learning
Chair of the Academic Policy Committee (Senate minutes, 19 May 2021)
Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology  (Senate minutes, 15 September 2010)
One representative from among the University’s 3M National Teaching Fellows or winners of the West Coast Teaching Excellence Award (British Columbia Teaching & Learning Council) (Senate minutes, 17 May 2023)
One representative of Student Development and Services, as designated by the Vice-President, Students (Senate minutes, 17 May 2017)
One representative from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as designated by the Dean (Senate minutes, 19 November 2014)

Meeting Schedule
Date Time Location Minutes
Wednesday, 11 October 2023 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Zoom PDF
Wednesday, 8 November 2023 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Zoom PDF
Wednesday, 6 December 2023 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Zoom
Tuesday, 9 January  2024 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Zoom Cancelled
Tuesday, 13 February 2024 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Zoom
Tuesday, 12 March 2024 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Zoom Cancelled
Tuesday, 9 April 2024 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Zoom Cancelled
Tuesday, 7 May 2024 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Zoom

Minutes from Previous Meetings

Date Minutes
Wednesday, 8 March 2023 PDF
Wednesday, 8 February 2023 PDF
Wednesday, 11 January 2023 PDF
Wednesday, 14 December 2022 PDF
Wednesday, 14 September 2022 PDF

For meeting minutes prior to September 2022, please contact vancouver.senate@ubc.ca.