Minutes of General Faculty meeting, Christopher Newport U.
12:30 PM Tuesday, 29 November 2005, SC150
The meeting was adjourned at 12:55 PM.
It was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously to certify the
list of December graduates (available:
- Dialogue on Senate initiatives to improve faculty life
CNU's recently created base-adequacy funding plan includes methods for moving gradually
towards a "4-3" teaching load. There are three coupled variables in each of these methods:
class size, adjunct usage, and teaching load.
- The budget for faculty-development grants is expected to double next year.
- Senator Lori Underwood presented her committee's recommendations
for increasing CNU's sabbatical opportunities and inaugurating an analogous
program for pre-tenure faculty (available:
Professor David Pollio described plans to use a 12' x 50' space in the new Student Union
to alleviate some problems faced by instructors whose offices are far from the center
of campus. Half of this room would be workspace, and the other half would be configured
as a lounge area. (For an earlier version of this report, see
Professor Jay Paul, chair of the recently formed Advisory Committee on Academic Advising (handbook
description available: http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/05_06/misc/ACAA.html)
presented this committee's preliminary recommendations (available: http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/05_06/misc/ACAA.doc).
These recommendations were obtained by adapting to CNU the principles of the National Academic
Advising Association (http://www.nacada.ksu.edu).
The "design phase" of the renovation of the Campus Center and Gosnold Hall will begin on about
7/1/06. A committee consisting of
Kathleen Brunke (chair), Gary Whiting, Raj Chaudhury, Bobbye Bartels, Leland Jordan, Sandy Lopater,
and Hunter Bristow has been formed to participate in this process.
- Continuing initiatives on faculty/academic life
There was insufficient concern to create a committee to revisit
this issue of campus-wide broadcast email policies.
- A Senate committee is investigating the creation of CNU awards for outstanding teaching, service,
and scholarship. One purpose of these will be to provide a boost to faculty members who compete
for such awards outside of CNU. Recommendations of a system for these awards will
be presented to the Faculty Senate in February.
- Senator Quentin Kidd is chairing a committee charged with
preparing CNU students for graduate school. One idea
is to create at CNU (through the Office of Career and Counseling Services) less-expensive
preparatory workshops for entrance exams (MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, etc).
- Ron Mollick: upcoming activities of the Faculty Senate of Virginia, including Higher-Ed Lobbying
Day on 1/12/06
- Drew Velkey: Sigma Xi hosting a grant-writing workshop at CNU during
spring break (information available:
- George Zestos: Paideia2006 (information available:
http://undergradresearch.cnu.edu/06/call.htm), CNU's conference on student research
submitted by Peter Knipp, secretary of the Faculty Senate