3 PM Friday, Sept 7, 2007 Board
Room in Student Union
Senators present: Rebecca Wheeler, Kip Redick, Nate French, Jean Filetti, Lynn
Lambert, Kathleen Brunke, Gary Whiting, Ming Zhang,
Nicole Guajardo, Pete Carlson, Tim Marshall, Eric Duskin,
Niazur Rahim, Leland
Jordan, Bob Hasbrouck Senators absent: none
The meeting was called to order at .
Introduction of guests: Provost Padilla, Vice Provost Schwarze, Associate Provost Cartwright, Andrew Lunson, president of SGA (Student Government Association)
and student body
Electronic approval of minutes of the August 21,
2007 Faculty Senate meeting was acknowledged.
Provost Padilla reported on these 5 priorities in the Provost’s office:
The Provost has authorized 10 new faculty positions and 19 replacement
positions. All departments (except English and Psychology who may get
additional positions) have been notified how many positions they have been
Peer Review Protocols: Make sure peer groups refer to the standards in
the handbook during peer review.
There is ongoing discussion for creating a new college tentatively
called College of Decision
Sciences that would combine the departments in the
school of business and the Leadership and American Studies department.
Vice Provost Tracey Schwarze outlined her role in the Provost's office: Her portfolio
includes sponsored programs, IACUC, IRB, undergraduate research, and faculty
issues, including faculty development programs and evaluation systems. She
will be also be working with deans, chairs, and departments in the spring to
identify best practices in the ways we challenge our students. She reported
that 94 faculty are undergoing peer review this year. 23 are Class A
decisions; of those, 12 are tenure decisions and 16 are promotion decisions.
Of the promotion decisions, 7 are to associate and 9 are to full.
Senator Whiting asked for a report from the special election committee
before his report: Senator Marshall reported that a special election had been
held on September 5 to replace the vacated liberal arts seat. Nate French was elected.
Initiatives - Information and Proposals here
with a related article
BOV schedule for 2007-2008: Thursday, September 13, Friday, November 9
(Executive Committee meeting at
– only held if necessary business to be transacted), Thursday, February 28,
Tuesday, April 29 and Friday, June 20. Committee meetings will be held in the
morning, and the full board will meet at .
Judy Ford, Vice President of Development is leaving
New parliamentarian appointment: Bob Hasbrouck
Undergraduate Degrees committee member appointment: Nate
Senate would like to recognize the faculty who wrote a final report for their
faculty development grant: Caroline Garrett, Jana Adamitis,
Pamela Dunning and Peter Carlson, Ronnie Cohen and Joan McMahon, and Sharon
election reported before president’s report
the April 20, 2007 meeting
the following was disussed: In April 2006, Rick
Cheney presented the proposal
from the Undergraduate Degrees Committee to revise the pass-fail option. The
main revisions include an allowance for juniors (i.e., not just seniors) to
utilize this option, and an expansion to four courses (from the present limit
of two). There was some confusion as to the meaning of "non-program"
in the fifth bullet of the proposal. While the registrar reportedly interprets
this to mean courses not used to satisfy liberal learning curriculum, major,
minor, or writing intensive requirements (as explicitly indicated in the
wording of the 06-07 Catalog), the Senate thinks that this explicit listing should
persist, in the catalog. Because this change would not go in the 07-08 catalog, Whiting moved and Hasbrouck seconded the tabling of
this proposal. The tabling motion passed unanimously.
Discussion Senator Marshall moved to bring this off the table; Duskin
seconded; vote to bring off the table for discussion unanimous. Discussion
followed: the main problem with the recommendation was the meaning of the word
“non-program.” Wheeler moved that we remand this recommendation back to the
University Degrees Committee for clarification of the wording of “non-program”
and requested that UDC consult with the registrar’s office, and report back
with a recommendation November 2 senate faculty meeting.
Guajardo moved and Duskin seconded that UDC
also consider whether an F should be computed into the GPA when courses that
are passed do not (this is the third to the last bullet on the original memo
and unchanged from the policy in the current catalog).
Action Motion to remand the recommendation to UDC to clarify the meaning of
“non-program” and to consider whether an F should be computed into the GPA
passed. voting for: Redick,
Lambert, Brunke, Guajardo, Carlson, Marshall,
Duskin, French, Rahim, Jordan.
voting against: Filetti,
Hasbrouck, Zhang, Wheeler.
Consideration of Senate 0708 GoalsDiscussion
Guajardo/Carlson moved to accept the goals. A discussion followed which brought
up several questions, and a suggestion to clarify which goals are intended to
be completed this year and which are longer term.
moved to table the vote. passes unanimously.
Assignments were made for department liaisons to departments that have
no faculty senators: Fine Art and Art History (Redick)
Leadership and American Studies (Lambert), Mathematics (Brunke);
Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures (Guajardo), Music (Marshall),
Social Work (Duskin), Sociology & Anthropology
(Carlson), and Theater & Dance (Rahim).
Faculty are asked to visit their department at least once
The following senators were selected to serve on the senate sabbatical
subcommittee: Duskin (chair), Hasbrouck, Zhang,
The following senators were selected to serve on the Senate Faculty
Development Grant committee: Hasbrouck (chair), Zhang, Redick,
Dates for the FDG process follow:
Turn in to
The following senators were selected to serve on the Priority Advisory
Committee (PAC): Duskin, Guajardo, Jordan,
Senate Faculty Hiring Question Subcommittee
Carlson/Wheeler moved to discuss establishing a senate faculty hiring
subcommittee that would work with the Provost's office to come up with a set of
screening questions, and other criteria that would help increase the unity of
thought in all parties in faculty searches with the ultimate goal of increasing
the percentage of successful searches. Discussion included that the questions
would probably be asked at the telephone interview stage. Guidelines would not
be mandatory. The downside is that departments might resent the Senate’s help
in department faculty searches, and that it might be seen to intervene with the
Action Vote failed, motion died.In favor: Carlson, Zhang,
Brunke, French, Guajardo. Opposed:
Wheeler, Redick, Filetti, Lambert, Marshall, Duskin, Rahim,
Office of Sponsored Program Subcommittee
Filetti/Rahim moved to consider a proposal to setup a
standing committee of faculty (appointed by Senate and Provost - at this
time) to assist and advise the Office of Sponsored Programs. After
discussion, the Senate felt that they were not ready to make a decision.
Action Guajardo/Marshall moved to table the motion.
Proposed change to the 0708 Catalog concerning Final Exam conflicts/overload
Discussion Guajardo/Duskin moved to accept the following
proposed change to the 0708 Catalog concerning Final Exam conflicts/overload.
The proposed change (documented in this
memo would enable a student with three exams in one 24 period to reschedule
one exam with the instructor's permission instead of the former 4 consecutive
exams changeable with dean's permission. Guajardo/Rahim
move a friendly amendment to change “24 hour period”
to calendar day. This would prevent a student from asking to have a final exam
moved if the student had two afternoon exams and a morning
exam, but would allow the student to ask for such an accommodation if the
student had 3 exams in one day.
Action The motion to change the 0708 catalog with the friendly amendment passed
unanimously. The recommended change to the 0708 catalog is: “The University
does not authorize re-examination nor will changes be permitted unless the
student has 3 or more examinations in a calendar day. To request a change, the
request must be made to the instructor.”
Other: Senator Whiting appointed Senator Filetti
to the council of university chairs.
The meeting adjourned at
submitted by Lynn Lambert, secretary of the