GPE Professors. Statement Position Summary.

For all students, no matter your stance on strike vote today, it remains important to communicate with your professors about possible accommodations, changes to course expectations, etc in light of last week’s strike mandate, (EDIT: and this week’s strike mandate, passed Monday 12th) and the upcoming CSU strike week (beginning on Thursday, March 15 to Thursday, March 22).

This list has been assembled to assist this process, as both the Concordia Declaration  and the GPE Faculty Statement explicitly state intentions to accommodate students.

(Updated as of 12AM, Tuesday March 13)

GPE Faculty who have signed EITHER Concordia Declaration (CD) or Faculty Statement (GPEFS):

BIRON, PASCALE (GPEFS)

CAQUARD, SEBASTIEN (GPEFS, CD)

CHARRON, ISABELLE (GPEFS, CD)

DOONAN, NATALIE (GPEFS, CD)

DUENEZ, RICARDO (GPEFS)

FREEMAN, JAMES (GPEFS, CD)

GAUTHIER, PIERRE (GPEFS, CD)

GOULD, KEVIN (GPEFS, CD)

HIMADA, NASRIN (GPEFS, CD)

LALANCETTE, ANNIE (GPEFS, CD)

MATTHEWS, H. DAMON (GPEFS, CD)

MOORE, D. CATHERINE (GPEFS, CD)

MULRENNAN, MONICA (GPEFS)

PODMORE, JULIE (GPEFS, CD)

RANTISI, NORMA (GPEFS, CD)

REYES, GERARDO (GPEFS, CD)

RUTLAND, TED (GPEFS)

SETO, DONNY (GPEFS, CD)

SHILLINGTON, LAURA (GPEFS)

TOWNSEND, CRAIG (GPEFS)

Professors teaching this semester who have signed NEITHER the Concordia Declaration OR Faculty Statement in G&E:

BUSKARD, JOHN

DESLAURIERS, PIERRE

JAEGER, JOCHEN

LEBEL, PIERRE-MATHIEU

NASH, ALAN

PATTERSON, JUDITH

PEROUT, ALENA

THORNTON, PATRICIA ANNE

(Professors who have not signed the Concordia Declaration or the Faculty Statement may still be making accommodations, but it should be a priority to discuss issues of accommodation with them as they have not yet publicly endorsed statements to this affect)

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7 Responses to GPE Professors. Statement Position Summary.

  1. Pierre Deslauriers says:

    Hi, this pertains to your lists of professors who have signed/not signed the two documents (Concordia declaration and Faculty statement). I have looked at the list of courses offered as GEOG AND URBS on the university portal for /4 (winter). There are some instructors (professors) names teaching URBS classes missing from your list e.g. it is not thorough and complete. Also, with alll due respect, I do not see where Mr Seto (Donnie) is identified as a professor – his name is not explicitly associated to any course – maybe I am missing something.. IF yes, no harm meant. Thank you.
    Pierre Deslauriers, PT lecturer (full seniority)

  2. Jess Glavina says:

    Hello Dr Deslauriers,
    Because Geography & Environment students belong to GUSS (Geography Undergraduate Student Society) and Urban Planning students belong to UPA (Urban Planning Association) we have been voting separately on whether or not to continue striking even though we share the same department.

    As a result, some aspects of our organizing have not been totally integrated due to the staggering of our General Assemblies.This blog is one such example, and has been the spontaneous web presence for students under the GUSS strike mandate and should not be seen as necessarily representative of students in the UPA. This is why this list and other parts of the blog have been (at this point) covering only GEOG classes and not URBS classes.

    We hope to work together more closely with Urbs students though, as both of our strike mandates continue into the second week. I will see if an Urban Studies student would be interested in publishing an updated joint list- this is a great idea!

    Perhaps confusion may also arise because there are some URBS profs on the list (or I guess in the case of Donnie Seto, people who are not teaching this semester?)- this is because the list of names from the Geography, Planning & Environment Faculty statement was kept complete and was combined with a list of people teaching GEOG listed courses this semester.

    Thank you for your feedback, and I hope this helps explain this post,
    Please let me know if anything remains unclear,
    Jess Glavina

    • Pierre Deslauriers says:

      Thank you Jess, I appreciate the reply clarification, and although I (think) I understand, I still believe that everybody teaching GEOG and/or URBS this term should be identified on those lists (although my self not being a great fan of lists …) I don’t clearly understand either – ,if those who have not signed the declarations are “sorted out“ from those who have, (signed) while these declarations make reference to classroom area situations and teacher-student relations,- why Mr Seto then has a “place“ on the first list while he is in fact involved in no teaching activity this term. I know it is a “technical“ question, but in my opinion a question of principle too. Understand that I absolutely do not contest Donny’s right and desire to support the spirit of the declarations. It just seems easy(ier) when you are not confronted to the situations on the “ground“ (as I was last night at the entrance of a large JMB auditorium, with a class of 155 students that has only 10 Geography program students in it, and MANY other dissatisfied students from all across the university. – ask your friends who were there !). I guess my questions are just questions that can come up when you begin “sorting out“ people – I believe it is a way of approaching things that doesn’t say everything, and which has not always given the best results in the past.
      Sincerely
      Pierre Deslauriers, PT Faculty, GPE

  3. Jess Glavina says:

    Dear Dr Deslauriers,

    I take your point to be that a ‘sorted’ list of people in the department by stance is a sensitive thing, and that different faculty are in different positions this semester (ie teaching/not teaching, a seminar class/200-level elective, etc) which may affect their comfort levels with the strike and their ability to be flexible with students.

    I would like to underscore your point that what may seem like ‘technical’ issues about what type of information is available are undeniably matters of principle, particularly when information is sparse in times uncertainty. ‘A way of approaching things that doesn’t say everything’ is certainly political and I feel you are being diplomatic and perhaps kind with me to say that these things ‘have not always given the best results’ – the production of information is a serious issue I do not take lightly.

    So I apologize that this list appears to single out professors who we all know are facing daily challenges, pressure and uncertainty themselves. The goal, however, was to provide students (regardless of stance) with helpful information as we too negotiate the cessation/interruption of normal academic activities in our department.

    I will make it a priority to create a new list (hopefully by the end of the day) which has only professors who are teaching this semester, to include both Urbs and Geography courses. I am, though, just another ordinary Geography undergrad just doing the best I can with the time available to help maintain lines of communication among students during this time.

    I would add that OMISSION is also a form of bias and misinformation.

    I look forward to seeing updated lists of this type or quite frankly ANY information regarding the state of our department during the last few weeks on our formal department website, which I believe has funding allocated for this very purpose. (http://gpe.concordia.ca/index.php)

    Thank you again for posting your concerns, I appreciate it.

    With Respect,
    Jess Glavina

  4. Pierre Deslauriers says:

    Jess, thank you. I believe that your answers are insightful and display a good reading of what I meant when writing. In no way was I ever expecting apologies, or demanding anything. . Expressing a point of view (mine), not intended to be a critique. I am certain that you take whatever you are responsible for seriously. We are ALL learning through what we are doing in the midst of all those events. That I sincerely believe and this is my “signing off” on this one. Best to all !

    Pierre Deslauriers, PT Faculty, GPE

  5. Jess Glavina says:

    I’ve just been told that Donny Seto is indeed teaching this semester- URBS 433

    • Pierre Deslauriers says:

      HI, I am seeing this … well, I guess that this thing of “information not circulating“ applies to me too, I should have looked into it more carefully to begin. /3 classes such as URBS 433 have become rare and they are far from obvious on the University portal. It was a “case in point“`to support my view/opinion that I didn’t (and still don’t) think that posting those lists provided, or reflects a truly comprehensive reading of many intricacies of the situation. Apologies to Donny, BUT truly, there was NO harm meant, certainly nothing personal. I will try to see iF indeed /3 course CAN be traced on the University portal.
      Sincerely
      Pierre Deslauriers, PT Lecturer, GPE

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