Faculty Senate minutes
Senators present: J. Adamitis, L. Underwood, G. Whiting, M. Vachris, T.
Schwarze, K. Cartwright, N. Guajardo, D. Doughty, H. Grau, W. Wymer, S.
Breese, D. Hicks, P. Knipp, N. Sellars
Senator absent: Q. Kidd
The meeting was adjourned at 5:47 PM.
- Meeting called to order at 3:04 PM.
- Introduction of guests: Philip Leclerc (Captain's Log), Jason
Scheel (Student Government Association),
and Dean Bobbye Bartels (Assistant Dean of Liberal Learning)
- Acknowledgement of electronic approval of minutes of 8/17/05
Senate working session.
- Bartels talked to the Senate about the manner in which
she anticipates that the core of the new curriculum will
- In order for courses to be considered for offering in the
Fall of 2006, they must be submitted to the Faculty Council for
Liberal Learning and Academic Life (FCCLAL) by 9/9/05 (for First
Year Seminars) or 9/16/05 (for Areas of Inquiry courses).
- Scheduling of these courses
will be managed by the registrar, the Academic Advising Center,
and Lorraine Hall. Requests to offer First Year Seminars (FYSM)
will originate with
individual faculty members, pass through their chairs, and
then go to Bartels. Similar proposals to offer courses in the
Areas of Inquiry (AoI) will originate in departments. It is
important that departments play a large role in managing the
courses offered each semester, to ensure that faculty are
available to teach all courses. Bartels will monitor the
number of courses being offered in each AoI, and student
demand will (eventually) dictate how often the particular
AoI courses are offered. Of course, there will be
uncertainties in these numbers, initially.
- Thus far 52 different FYSM have been
accepted, and a need of 67 sections of FYSM is projected for
Fall 2006, based on the projected enrollment and
a cap of 19 freshmen per section. All FYSM
will be taught during the fall semester. The schedule for these
will be established by the middle of the Fall 2005 semester.
- After Fall of 2006, one possibility is that
proposals for changes to the structure of the liberal-learning
core will pass through the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
(UCC) for approval, and individual courses proposed for inclusion
in an AoI will pass through FCLLAL but will bypass the UCC
(unless these courses are also intended for a particular major).
- President's report:
- Student travel funds: $20,700 this year is being disbursed
through the Provost's office/account that student travel funds be made
available to support student research (in response to an informal
Senate request last year during an SEC meeting with the
This is money for student research - for
students to travel to conferences to make presentations, etc. - not just
simple travel-abroad funds. Contact the Provost's office for
applications and procedures. Presently, the method for disbursing these
funds is "1st come, 1st served".
- Clarification of Senate relationships to university standing
committees: "Instructional faculty committees as provided for in
the University Handbook report to the Faculty Senate for actions on
their deliberations and recommendations" (p. 145 ). "All
committees must file agendas and minutes with the Secretary of the
Faculty Senate" (p. 145, [2(3)2]).
- The Provost is exceptionally willing to work with Senate's
Sabbatical Committee. He has volunteered to provide quick,
informal cost estimates of any draft proposals the committee would like
to share with him. He is interested in increasing the number of
sabbaticals offered, as an inexpensive way of freeing more time for
faculty research as we move toward a lower teaching load.
- New student center: no area for faculty has been designated
in the building per se, but Bill Brauer believes that space can
be found, and if we identify it now, we can get it appropriately
configured before the building opens, at the beginning of the spring
semester. This would be space
for faculty members, especially those with outlying offices, to use
between classes to check email, meet with students, and prepare for
class. After talking with the SEC, President Schwarze met with Brauer to
look at plans, and noted one 15x30 space
(currently designated as a second gameroom)
that might suit faculty needs. This space is
on the second floor, near
the bookstore and the new post office. Schwarze has had a preliminary
conversation with the SGA president, who indicated that the SGA might
think this plan to be a good idea. Brauer has volunteered to take the
Senate on a tour of the building at 4 PM
on Sept. 9 to look at possible spaces, including this one. Also, the
Senate should keep in mind that it
may be possible to designate faculty space in the new library (though it
will not be open for another year).
- Council of University Chairs: Harold Cones is willing to
convene such a council, should the Senate enact one.
- Handbook deadlines: Jan. 20 to committee (Senate meets Jan.
20 - it's okay to slip our submission until right after this meeting);
Jan. 24 to Senate, Feb. 24 for Senate response,
so the Senate will act on these at its Feb. 17 meeting.
- Proposal from ATAC (Academic Technology Advisory Committee)
for minimal technology equipment for
classrooms ($75K): Last year this was put on the "3rd tier" by CNU's
People are working to see if this proposal can get funded this year.
Schwarze is working with Bob Gray (ATAC chair) to get a copy of the
- Meetings of Board of Visitors (BOV) this year: Sept. 23, Nov. 8,
Feb. 17, April 6, June 7
- Full Senate meetings with President/Provost: Sept. 16, 4 p.m., Nov.
11, 4 p.m. (Brauer Room)
- Senate Executive Committee (SEC) meetings with President/Provost:
9:30 on 9/7 and 9/28, and 9:15 on 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, and
- Committee reports
- Senator Vachris presented a report on the work of her committee
which last spring
collected data regarding the effectiveness of last year's searches for
faculty members. (available:
In response to questions from Senators, Vachris will try to get more
data, namely about the
percentage of search committees' first choices which were overruled by
provost and the
percentage of committees' first choices who rejected CNU.
- Senator Cartwright reported on the faculty elections to the Faculty
committee. Faculty members filled out ballots in their departments
during 8/26 - 8/31.
The three top vote getters (Kara Keeling, Kip Redick, and Harold Cones)
will complete this committee,
which already includes Senators Cartwright (chair), Grau, and Vachris.
- Old business
- Senate Goals: (available:
This was moved to the floor by a motion from Whiting, which was seconded
Discussion was held regarding whether Strategy 2F should be changed
from "faculty members" to "employees". This proposed change was rejected,
because of expense and because it would take this strategy
outside the scope of goal 2.
Senator Breese made a friendly amendment that the first bullet in 2B
include "creative activity".
This was accepted. The motion passed unanimously.
- Budget Advisory Committee: The Senate nominated by
acclamation to President Trible the names of
four faculty members (Michelle Vachris, Lori Underwood, Gary Whiting,
Bob Colvin) as candidates
to replace Virginia Purtle, as the fifth faculty
representative on this committee.
- In a memo to the Faculty Senate and to the provost, the Department
of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (MCLL) rejected the
Senate's request to consider using the SAT II (rather than years of
high school experience) as a placement instrument
for foreign language courses at CNU, for various reasons:
The Senate discussed other aspects of the MCLL policy regarding
http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/05_06/misc/SecondLanguageLiteracy.pdf). In particular was questioned
the logic of prohibiting students from receiving credit (Auditing would
for FLAN101, FLAN102, and/or FLAN200 if they have had certain
amounts of high school experience with these languages. The
concern of the MCLL department centers on students who "sandbag",
ie who are looking for an easy "A".
Senator Adamitis pointed out that MCLL has softened its original stance,
was to require FLAN301 of students who've taken four years of such a
in high school. The Senate then moved into a committee of the
whole so that we could discuss less formally these issues. While
in a committee of the whole, the consensus was as follows:
- inconsistency (across languages) regarding the listening component
- personal cost for the students
After coming out of a committee of the whole, Senator Underwood moved
that this issue be moved to a committee. This was seconded by Senator
Breese and passed unanimously. This committee will consist of Senators
Adamitis (chair), Underwood, Breese, and Knipp.
- Placement based on the number of years of high school experience
should be used as a recommendation for students, not a
Hence, students should be allowed to start in a lower level (or in
FLAN200) if they want.
- Students should never be prohibited from being able to receive
credit for a course.
- Council of University Chairs: Resolution 2005-2006:1
was moved by Senator Underwood and seconded by Senator Wymer.
The Senate unanimously waived the first reading and subsequently
unanimously passed the motion.
- New business
- The provost has agreed with the Senate request that it have some
sort of representation on FCCLAL. The Senate discussed whether this
task should be performed by a single Senator or if the responsibility
should be shared amongst several Senators, and the consensus was in
favor of the former strategy. Senator Knipp was appointed to this
task and will start attending FCCLAL's monthly meetings on
- When the Senate reviewed the AoI course proposals last spring,
several Senators had suggestions for changes to the forms (e.g.,
http://liberallearning.cnu.edu/documents/WTProposal_000.doc) used for
Underwood (chair) and Cartwright will comprise a committee which
will collect suggestions from other Senators, for compilation
and transmittal to President Schwarze.
- Faculty Senate of Virginia:
(www.fsva.info) The presidents of all
Faculty Senates in the state are members of this body, which
monitors legislative issues of importance to higher education.
President Schwarze will go to their meeting on 9/14. Professor Ron Mollick will be involved, as well.
- Senator Grau (chair) and Professors Nate French, Niaz Rahim, and Pete Carlson will constitute a committee charged with investigating the
implementation of Strategy 2F of the
which recommends tuition waivers for spouses and dependents of
- Last spring were noticed a couple of issues related
to the governance of standing committees:
The Senate has delegated this to a committee composed of
Senators Grau and Knipp, who must return recommendations
to the Senate no later than 1/20/06.
- the timing of terms of members
- the election of committee chairs
- Plan for Advisory Committee on Academic Advising: (available:
http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/05_06/misc/ACAA.html) This plan was
moved by Senator Knipp, seconded by Senator Wymer, and passed unanimously.
- Point of information: (available:
Students are allowed to occupy faculty/staff parking spaces between the
hours of 3 PM and 8:30 AM.
It was suggested to shift the end-time of this to 7:30 AM, for
the benefit of instructors of 8 AM classes.
- In light of the recent large gift from Luter, part of which
will go towards President's Leadership Program merit-based scholarships,
it was suggested that the Senate offer assistance in gauging criteria for
submitted by Peter Knipp, secretary
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