Minutes of the Faculty Senate
May 25, 2001
President Sadler called the meeting to order. The Minutes of the May 4th meeting were approved.
The Presidents report covered the following topics:
The Administrator evaluations will be released soon.
The Senate approved APT document is now under consideration by the Board of Trustees.
Next year the Senate will be asked to re-consider issues related to the APT document and the Honor Code.
Next years Senate meetings will being with the welcome lunch for new faculty, following by a Senate meeting on September 14. The Faculty-staff convocation will take place on September 21.
President Sadler thanked Provost Zaranka for his perfect attendance record at Senate meetings this year. The Senate recognized Provost Zaranka for his leadership.
President Sadler reported on recent events at Deans Council:
The job description for the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies is being formulated. The Chair of the search committee is Greg Kvistad.
The search for the Associate Provost for Multicultural Affairs will begin this summer. The Chair of the search committee is Deborah Barton.
Three candidates are under consideration for the office of Provost: Robert Coombe, Greg Kvistad and Shiela Wright. Candidates will present at faculty forums. Senators are encouraged to attend and submit feedback forms. A question was raised about whether the search committee will take faculty evaluations into account.
The national search for the Vice Provost for Planning and Budget is holding telephone interviews with nine potential candidates.
The office of Affirmative Action Officer will now report directly to the Provost. A search is underway.
The search committee for the Dean of Education has made a request for a second interim year. The search will begin again next fall.
Dennis Barrett, Chair of NCR led the Senate through business related to revisions to the Senate Constitutions and Senate elections.
Constitutional revisions presented at the last meeting were modified as NCR withdraws the recommendation that the Chair of the Core Curriculum Committee be a member of the Senate. The revisions, minus this provision, were moved by Senator Devine, seconded by Senator Giles and approved by the Senate.
Elections produced the following results
The position of President Elect was deferred to the September meeting.
Cathryn Potter, GSSW was elected Chair of Financial Planning.
Carol Nappholz, Womens College was elected Editor of the Faculty Forum.
Dennis Barrett, Biology, was elected representative to FEAC.
Four Senators at Large were elected: Cinthia Fiss (04), Linda Cobb-Reilly (04), Margot Esenlaub (03) and Rick Leaman (02). Terms are indicated in ().
President Sadler recognized Committee Chairs and thanked them for their work. Each was invited to give a summary of the years work and an outline for the coming year.
Dean Saitta, Academic Planning, announced that some $40,000 in research support has been awarded to faculty members this year. In addition the committee has recently met with Mike Bloom regarding the future of distance education and is heartened by her focus on adult education and professional development and her commitment to the values and approached of the Womens College in the University College context. Dean Bloom is reviewing the Distance Education Principles formulated by the Committee and will continue to work with Academic Planning next year. Dr. Saitta discussed the need to connect the UPAC process more closely to the Councils and other University planning bodies.
Leon Giles, Financial Planning, discussed the recent joint meeting between Financial Planning, the Executive Committee and University financial staff. There is concern that Craig Woody did not produce a financial review last fall, as required by the Constitution. The Committee will work with Mr. Woody over the summer to ensure the report is produced this coming fall. There is concern about the Universitys debt load as well as the ongoing financial implications of the Athletics program and the needs for infrastructure maintenance. Next years committee will focus on these issues.
Deb Howard and Catherine ONeil, Personnel, discussed the Awards and Sabbatical selection processes. Work continues on changes in the tuition credits for staff policy and the tuition exchange policy. Next year the Personnel Committee hopes for an open discussion of salary concerns and establishment of a continuing comparison process with other schools. The committee is in search of a chair.
Joe Krause, Student Relations, reported on the ongoing dialogue with student leadership groups regarding health services and transportation and parking. The committee is seeking to facilitate communication among the student groups and with faculty. There remains a need for a faculty representative to the Wellness Committee and a faculty representative for the committee examining the remodel of Driscoll Center.
The Senates business being completed, Senators adjourned for the year.
Respectfully Submitted 6/23/01
Cathryn C. Potter
Secretary, Faculty Senate