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SAMU is looking for GFC Student Representatives for the 2024/25 Academic year.

What is the General Faculties Council?

MacEwan University operates under the authority of the Post-Secondary Learning Act and through a shared bicameral governance structure between the Board of Governors (Board) and the General Faculties Council (GFC). The Board and GFC share and balance power within the university. GFC has senior oversight of the academic affairs and research of the University MacEwan University’s General Faculties Council shall be responsible for the academic affairs of the University, including but not limited to academic standards, integrity, policies and programs, as well as scholarship, research, and creative activities at MacEwan University. GFC is ultimately subject to the authority of the Board of Governors. In managing the University’s academic affairs, the GFC shall have the powers, duties, and authorities granted to general faculties councils in the Postsecondary Learning Act.

What does the GFC Student Representative do?

The General Faculties Council has four seats dedicated to students, two seats are for the President and Vice President Academic of SAMU while the other two seats are student seats appointed by SAMU. As GFC has oversight over all academic affairs, having the student perspective at this table is crucial. As the GFC Student Representative you also sit on the Council on Student Affairs (CoSA). CoSA It provides a forum to address issues related to student affairs, the quality of student experience, and the determinants of student success at MacEwan University. It focuses on issues which affect students equivalently across the university and provides a high level of discussion, consultation, and advice. This position works closely with the SAMU Vice President Academic and President to develop the best advocacy points to deliver to GFC and CoSA on the behalf of students. GFC Student Representatives are provided an honorarium of $60 per meeting attended of the General Faculties Council, and $30 per preparation meeting attended, as per SAMU procedures at the end of their term. The main responsibilities of this role are to:

  • Attend all General Faculties Council Meetings and preparation meetings scheduled.
  • Attend the Council on Student Affairs Meetings and preparation meetings scheduled.
  • Speak up regarding issues important to students
  • Work with the Vice President Academic and President to provide an up-to-date written report to the Executive Committee and to Students’ Council after meetings.
Important Meeting Dates

GFC Meetings:

All meetings take place in person on Monday from 3:00PM – 6:00PM

  • September 16, 2024
  • October 28, 2024
  • December 9, 2024
  • February 10, 2025
  • March 24, 2025
  • May 5, 2025
  • June 9, 2025

Council on Student Affairs Meetings
All meetings take place virtually from 3:00PM – 4:15PM

  • Monday, October 7, 2024
  • Monday, November 25, 2024
  • Monday, January 27, 2025
  • Monday, March 10, 2025
  • Monday, April 14, 2025
  • Tuesday, May 20, 2025
General Faculties Council Application

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    To book preparation meetings and confirm your availability during the meeting times, please upload your fall 2024 and winter 2025 academic schedule
    I authorize SAMU to confirm my student status for this position through official MacEwan University records(Required)

    Applications close July 15, 2024

    LET’S GET COMMITTEED

    GAIN EXPERIENCE | GET PAID | GET HEARD

    SAMU and MacEwan are looking for students to join various committees! Positions include engagement and strategy, student governance and finance. The deadlines for these committees vary by group. More information is below.

    SAMU & MACEWAN COMMITTEES

    Participating in a SAMU or MacEwan committee is a fantastic experience with many personal and professional benefits. Consider sitting on a committee if you are pursuing a career in politics, arts, business, or science.

    By sitting on a committee, you will:

    • Gain leadership experience
    • Improve soft skills (the skills employers look for!)
    • Buff your resume
    • Build connections with university staff and administration

    TO BROWSE OUR LIST OF OPEN COMMITTEES, CLICK THE DROPDOWN MENUS BELOW.

    SAMU COMMITTEE REGISTRATION FORM

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    AUDIT COMMITTEE

    The Audit Committee assists Students’ Council in fulfilling its financial oversight responsibilities.

    Learn more about the Audit Committee

    No current Vacancies

    FINANCE COMMITTEE

    The Finance Committee assists Students’ Council in fulfilling its financial oversight responsibilities through budgetary deliberations, reviewing SAMU fees and monitoring the financial well-being of the organization.

    Learn more about the Finance Committee 

    The committee is currently scheduled to meet from 9am-12pm on February 20, 21, 22, and 23, 2024

    No Current Vacancies

    GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

    The Governance Committee ensures the relevance and consistency of SAMU Bylaws and Policy and assists in governance process development.

    Learn more about the Governance Committee

    No Current Vacancies

    GOVERNANCE INVESTIGATIONS AND REINSTATEMENT COMMITTEE

    The Governance Investigations and Reinstatement Committee (GIRC) investigates the actions of an elected representative alleged to have breached a bylaw, policy, or procedure, or an appeal of election decisions or results and is responsible for interviewing and vetting candidates for reinstatement to Students’ Council.

    Learn more about the Governance Investigations and Reinstatement Committee

    No current vacancies 

    STRATEGY AND ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE

    The Strategy and Engagement Committee (SEC) strives to maximize student engagement with Students’ Council, provides leadership development opportunities to members of Students’ Council and acts as a consultation body for strategic priorities.

    Learn more about the Strategy & Engagement Committee

    No Current Vacancies

    *We are not currently accepting committee applications

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    The committees meet on differing schedules, ranging from only a few meetings per year to once each month. Each group offers experience, decision-making, and remuneration of $15 CAD per meeting attended. These committees require time and participation, so a minimum of 80% of your committees’ meetings need to be attended.

    For more details on committee, and recruitment, contact your SAMU Vice President Academic, Stephan Vasquez, at savpacademic@macewan.ca

    GOT QUESTIONS? CONTACT

    Governance Advisor
    Alan Honey,
    780-633-3449,
    honeya@macewan.ca