As in any academic department, graduate students are integral to the running of the School.
- Academic Council (1 master’s and 1 doctoral student) (which sets general policy for the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs)
- Graduate Subcommittee (1 master’s and 1 doctoral student)
- Faculty hiring committees (1 graduate student in the discipline area)
- Other ad hoc committees as appropriate.
Society for Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS)
In addition, graduate students select an SKHS representative to the Society for Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) which is the main body responsible for graduate student affairs at Queen’s. This body appoints graduate student members to larger University committees. It also provides services, advice and advocacy for graduate students.
Graduate students select their various subcommittee representatives through an election process during an SKHS Graduate Student Council meeting early each September. The list of these representatives is given to the SKHS Administrative Assistant to be recorded on the SKHS Committee Representatives list for that academic session.
The Student Advisor program is a free and confidential service that provides advice, strategies for self-advocacy and referrals to Graduate and Professional students at Queen’s. Our office works to help students navigate many different issues, including student-supervisor relationships, academic policies and procedures, funding and finances, academic appeals, how to deal with issues of discrimination or harassment and any other personal or academic issue.
SKHS Student Graduate Council
Responsible for helping their fellow co-chair run the meetings, compile and distribute the meeting agenda to GSC. The co-chair also helps the graduate student representatives if they need support, and ensures that they are upholding their duties. They are responsible, along side the other co-chair, to act as a spokesperson for the SKHS graduate students if they ever need it.
2. Overarching Graduate Committee Member
They are the representative of the SKHS graduate student body within BOTH the SKHS Academic Council and the SKHS Graduate Subcommittee.
3. TA Representative to PSAC Local 901
They represent SKHS TAs on all union related matters and are expected to attend PSAC Local 901 meetings and communicate relevant information to SKHS members. These meetings are usually the 3rd Friday of the month from 6-7 pm.
4. Graduate Subcommittee Member (1 Rep)
They are the representative of the SKHS graduate student body within the SKHS Graduate Subcommittee and therefore are expected to attend monthly SKHS graduate subcommittee meetings – time TBC each year. This member aids in maintaining an open dialogue between the SKHS grad students, the GSC, and the Subcommittees.
5. Academic Council Graduate Student Committee Member (1 Rep)
They are the representative of the SKHS graduate student body within the SKHS Academic Council and as such attend the SKHS Academic Council meetings to provide them with news regarding the SKHS grads. These meetings are once a month on Wednesdays at 1pm.
6. Social Committee (1 Chair and 2 Committee Members)
They are responsible for promoting SGPS events to SKHS students. In the past there have been two SKHS-wide events per semester (6 total a year). They are also largely responsible for the orientation events for the incoming grads. The social committee is comprised of one elected chair, and two committee members who are not elected.
7. Administrator (1 Rep)
They are responsible for writing meeting minutes, and distributing them when the GSC meeting is concluded. They are also responsible for compiling the transition reports are the end of the year to distribute too incoming GSC members.
8. SGPS Council Representatives – (1 Science Rep; 1 Arts Rep)
They are the representatives of the SKHS graduate student body within the SGPS and therefore are expected to attend and vote at the monthly SGPS council meetings – These meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. There are also two annual general meetings which also take place on Tuesdays.
9. Discipline Representatives – (6 Rep)
These is one discipline reps from each of the six disciplines within the SKHS (i.e. Biomechanics, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology, and Socio-Cultural). Reps are responsible for acting as a liaison between their discipline and the GSC. This is a great position for someone who is interested in having a smaller role within the GSC to learn how everything works!