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AAC Committees

Teaching Awards Committee

Each year the Alma Mater Society gives two Queen’s professors the Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching. Two teaching assistants (TAs) are chosen as recipients of the Chris Knapper Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance. The Frank Knox and Christopher Knapper awards are the most prestigious awards given by the Alma Mater Society to recognize excellence in teaching. Furthermore, the entire nomination and selection process is student-run. Students submit nominations for professors who go above and beyond to support their students’ academic development, who strive to foster class environments conducive to learning, and who genuinely care about their students. The Teaching Awards Committee selects award recipients based on the nomination package, a visit to the classroom by members of the committee, and a short survey of the instructor’s ability filled out by students in each class. In March, the committee hosts an awards banquet that celebrates teaching and recognizes the nominees and the finalists.

Teaching Issues Committee

Each year the Teaching Issues Committee investigates academic issues that directly students’ education at Queen’s University. The committee takes a detailed and student-oriented look at what aspects of our learning environment need improvement. The committee then provides recommendations in the form of a final report, which can be passed by Assembly to become the lobbying stance of the Alma Mater Society. After the paper is written, an open forum is held for students, professors, faculty and members of the administration to discuss pertinent teaching issues at Queen’s. In 2010-11, the Teaching Issues Committee wrote a paper on Virtualization and the use of technology in the classroom. Check out the 'Policy' section of our website to view and download past TIC research papers and reports.

Student-Faculty Relations Committee

The committee is responsible for the promotion of student-faculty interaction beyond the classroom, specifically through the organization of Faculty Jeopardy and an ongoing novelty lecture series called "The Last Lecture on Earth". The Last Lecture series is in its fourth year and is based on the premise of Randy Pausch’s “last lecture”. This series of events provides an amazing opportunity to have direct interaction with faculty and learn about the passions that drive them to be members of the academic world and teach students like us.

External Advocacy Coordinators

In conjunction with the Academic Affairs Commissioner and the Deputy of Policy, the External Advocacy Coordinators (EACs) work to advocate undergraduate students’ interests to the provincial government. The AMS is currently a member of the post-secondary lobbying organization Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA). This membership is voted on annually by AMS Assembly, who considers the lobbying review and recommendation put forward by the Special Committee on External Alignment (see below). The EACs work to gather information about students’ ideas and issues about post-secondary education (PSE). Additionally, the EACs work to inform the student body on relevant PSE issues as well as about OUSA. Through their involvement with OUSA and their Campus Research Council, the EACs are able to provide feedback to provincial policy based on Queen’s input. Historically, the EACs serve as delegates to general assemblies and other OUSA conferences where provincial policy is passed. Click here to read more on OUSA.

Special Committee on External Alignment

In accordance with Section 17.01.05 of the AMS Constitution, the committee shall annually conduct a comprehensive review of all provincial or federal postsecondary education lobby groups with whom the AMS enjoys full membership status. This review shall take the form of a written report which shall consider the group‘s policies, membership structure, financial statements, and yearly activities presented by the committee to the AMS Assembly no later than the Assembly‘s second last scheduled meeting in the winter term and be shall made public to the society‘s members.