Faculty Senate Meeting
1) Meeting called to order and minutes of May 24, 2002, minutes approved with the following corrections:
a. Rick Leaman pointed out that in 2) Tom Cook was in Finance, not Accounting, and in 3k Rick Leaman was in Accounting, not Law.
Other corrections may be sent by email.
The meeting was called to order by Leon Giles at 12:15 p.m.
2) Buie Seawell, who has been asked by the Chancellor to work on the Bridges to the Future project, gave a report. Highlights are the following:
This has been a fast-track initiative
Involves a working relationship with CSU
Groundwork has been put in place to work with departments, faculty, and the public
The large events will bring people together at DU, CSU, and the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver
To be successful, the project needs the support of faculty
The three tiers of the program will include:
a. large public eventsall FREEwith name-recognizable personalities who have important things to say about issues we face in todays world (beginning with John Glenn and Governor Bill Owens on September 23 in Magness)
b. offerings from academic entities that will step up and offer debates, programs to smaller audiences (such as the debate between Craig Barnes and Richard Allen, moderated by Dick Lamm on September 25)
public curriculum that will consist of (a) up to 4 session
mini-courses, and (b) specific class sessions containing Bridges-relevant
content in existing quarter-long
courses that could be opened up for participation by the public at large. The
public will be invited to sit in on classes according to seats available.
Honorarium of up to $1,000 will be available to those who wish to make such an
offering. Course offerings will
be coordinated by University College staff.
3) Provost Bob Coombes Report
a) faculty will soon be receiving the Provosts report on fiscal outcomes for the past year. It will include where we are with the budget, the reorganization of the office, and the changes in leadership. Bob apologized for the length.
b) Cherrington Global Scholars is preparing to launch in the fall of 2004. Eric Gould is chairing the committee charged with making the idea of increased student study abroad opportunities a reality for all undergraduate students who want to participate.
c) The Marsico Initiative has been announced to the public and the elected committee, chaired by George Potts, is making proposals and invites faculty to offer their own proposals. Marsico will deliver $500,000 every three months for the next five years.
d) The Bridges to the Future project, which Buie Seawall explained, was emphasized. Faculty should not only be involved in as many ways possible in attending events and developing-delivering Bridges-relevant content, but should encourage their students to attend the events.
e) The Newman Performing Arts Center is set to open officially with an Open House on September 20; the law school will open in the fall of 2003. These two facilities will change the climate of our campus.
f) UPAC is functioning well. A summer retreat was held to discuss the Task Force reports for FY02. Based on the discussion at the retreat, the primary focus of UPAC for this year includes goals associated for and with the (b) public good, and (b) faculty and staff support.
g) The Hyde Interviews will occur again this year for Early Action students only. Faculty and staff will be asked to participate.
h) Jesus Torvino was announced as the successful candidate to replace Sallye McKee in the position of Associate Provost for Multicultural Affairs. We understood that there were some family issues that might interfere with Sallyes permanent move to Denver which, unfortunately, could not be resolved. After a brief but productive relationship with us, Sallye resignedn to rejoin her family. Because the search that resulted in Salleys employment was conducted relatively recently and the urgency of filling the position, we concluded that the best course of action would be to revisit the list of finalists in the prior national search. We were pleased that Jesus was still interested in our position and that he has accepted our offer.
i) The search for Director of Diversity continues.
Questions to the Provost:
Don Stedman: Apparently the outcome of the Hyde Interviews was worth it. How? The yield was 46 percent. Answer: The intent of the Hyde interviews was to broaden the image of the University as well as introduce a new element for evaluation students for acceptance at DU. Our information is that even though the process did not change many admissions decisions, the goals of strengthening the Universitys image among prospective students and their parents, and engaging more of the University community in the admissions process were accomplished.
Dennis Barrett: Will UPAC last longer than three years? Answer: Yes, it is evolving and members have staggered terms. This provides for continuity and the opportunity to introduce new ideas and perspectives in the process.
Sandy Dixon: About the Hyde, is 46 percent good? Answer: Yes, it is higher than we normally have had. Normal yield is over 30 percent.
Helga Watt: Why are faculty now paid for registration at SOAR and why is the Marsico committee being paid? Is this an experiment or a trend? Answer: We want to change the nature of SOAR and have more faculty presence. The Marsico committee is being asked to do an enormous amount of work, and the members are being compensated in terms of a course release. The pay should not be interpreted as a trend.
Nancy Sampson: Is the Marsico Committee re-addressing the semester question? Answer: They have asked about semesters and the truth is we dont know yet. I am considering appointing a committee to explore the ongoing budget implications of adopting the semester academic calander. We have to do the numbers and check the financial impact this will have on the operating budget.
Leon Giles: In reference to an article in the Denver Post, what about the absence of any mention of a ranking for DU? We seem to be conspicuous by our absence. Answer: As far as we know, the ranking of DU has not changed. Warren Smith, from the communications office, offered insight and was asked to check on a headline that might have been misleading.
4) Senate President Leon Giless Report:
a) Julia Chan, who will staff the Senate office fifteen hours a week, was introduced. Senate office hours will be Wednesday: 12:30 4:30; Thursday: 10-4; Friday: 10-3.
b) Administrators evaluations were posted on the website and only 5 or 6 people called for paper copies. From now on, we will post the results electronically.
c) Listservs are being set up to make communication more efficient. Leon will have the final say on what kinds of information will be sent to all faculty.
d) Sabbatical dates: Proposals need to go to:
chairs by October 1
Deans by October 15
The Senate Personnel Committee by November 1
Provost by November 15
e) All Senate meetings this year will be held in MRB
Business from the floor:
Andy Devine: the Faculty Research Fund, with its new proposal format, is due October 4.
Dennis Barrett: The Intellectual Property appeals committee needs one more member.
5) New Business
a. Nancy Sampson: Bernice Kindelsperger, wife of Ken Kindelsperger, former vice chancellor under Dwight Smith, has died. A memorial service for her will be held on October 5.
b. Sandy Dixon: Concerns about banner. Faculty is asked to let Andy Devine know their concerns so that they might be addressed in such a way as to have Banner serve the faculty, instead of the other way around. Matter was referred to Academic Planning for further consideration.
c. A question was raised concerning Penrose Library requirements for reserved materials, particularly about electronic documents. Matter was referred to Academic Planning for further consideration.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:35 p.m.