Department Committee Descriptions
- Departmental Committee on Appointments (DCA)
- Undergraduate Committee
- Graduate Affairs Committee
- Library Committee
- Award Nominations Committee
- Computer Committee
- Facilities Committee
Reviews files of applicants, makes up short lists for interviews, hosts candidates when they visit, makes recommendations to department on candidates to hire, discusses procedure for departmental discussions
and voting on hiring matters.
This is probably the most demanding committee in terms of time and energy required. During the year, there can be as many as 20 dca meetings. Many of these meetings require substantial advance preparation in reading files and consulting with other faculty members who have read the files.
This is a new committee that replaces the Curriculum Committee.
The committee helps the Undergraduate Chair oversee all aspects
of the undergraduate program, including curriculum, teaching issues,
teaching assignments, student advising and interactions with other departments and
faculties. One member of the committee is in charge of
teaching assignments, another is in charge of curriculum matters
and another is a liaison with Applied Science.
The committee meets as often as needed, roughly twice per month
during the academic year. Sometimes meetings will generate
homework for committee members. There are often discussions by email.
The time commitment for the undergrad chair and committee members in
charge of scheduling and curriculum is much greater.
The Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC) oversees all aspects of the graduate
program in Mathematics. The principal duties of the GAC include the administration
of the Graduate Qualifying Examination and other prerequisites, Graduate recruitment
and admissions, discussion of current and future graduate course offerings,
rankings of student applicants for scholarships and fellowships, discussion of
aspects of financial remuneration packages for graduate students, organization of
graduate social events and the oversight of doctoral committees.
Traditionally the committee has been comprised of roughly 8 faculty members, representing
a broad cross-section of the Department, together with one graduate student.
The committee typically meets several times per year, usually with
increased frequency in the early part of the Spring term (to deal
with graduate admissions).
Meets occasionally, sometimes with the Science Librarian, to discuss library
policy for the Math library and the Math collection in the main library. The
committee also discusses things by email
that may not warrant a formal meeting. The time commitment is just a few
hours per term (somewhat more for the chair), but on occasion it can be
quite a bit more.
The committee chair acts as a liaison with the UBC library and the
Science Library Advisory Committee and also handles some day-to-day
requests from library users, for example to order certain books or change
check-out policies, etc.
Recommends nominations of faculty for awards and prizes,
given by UBC and national and international socities.
The committee discusses suitable candidates for nominations
and asks appropriate faculty to do the actual nominating work.
The committee meets sporadically. Most of the work is done by email.
Typically, time commitment is less than 1/2 hour/week overall.
Current focus of this committee is the re-design of the
department webpage. This will include updating and addition
of content in most areas of our program, as well as improving
the format. The committee will also serve as faculty and staff
consultants to the Math department systems team on computing needs,
student computer labs, and grant proposals involving major amounts
of computing equipement. Meets occasionally, maybe monthly.
Considers plans for both short-term and long-term renovations
to improve quality of facilities and to provide more space.
Considers questions of priority for existing space. Meets
with great variability -- meets more often in advance of
and during more signficant renovation projects.