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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

November 20, 2003

Number 3

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:05 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Beckman presiding.

All members were present except Senators Cobb, Dewhurst, Dicioccio, Ginis, Glasow, Howard, Martin, Morin, Oviatt, Rice, Rossby and Rowinski; Vice Presidents Barrett and Beagle; Deans Gandel, Joseph, Letendre, Mazze and Nassersharif; Mr. Lopes and Mr. Sutherland.

2. Chairperson Beckman asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #2, October 30, 2003. There were none.

Chairperson Beckman ruled that in the absence of additions or corrections, the Minutes were approved as distributed.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Chairperson Beckman said that before proceeding with the announcements she wanted to remind everyone to wait to be recognized before speaking and to direct comments to the chair. She noted that she had been asked to encourage everyone to speak clearly and loudly enough for everyone to hear. She also asked that speakers say their names before they begin.

Chairperson Beckman then made the following announcements:

  1. She said that she was pleased to report that Vice President Bob Beagle has graciously agreed to work with the Faculty Senate Library Committee on developing fund raising strategies for the Library. She asked for volunteers to serve on the Library Committee and encouraged Senators to come forward. She also noted that there were at least four faculty vacancies on the Library Committee, including a chair.

    Senator Narasimhan volunteered to serve on the Library Committee

  2. Chairperson Beckman announced that the Association of Professional and Academic Women will honor Senator Steve Grubman-Black at a tea two weeks from today, December 4, 2003, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Women's Center. She suggested that since there was no Senate meeting on that day, Senators might want to take the opportunity to stop by.

  3. Chairperson Beckman noted that there would be a reception at the University Club immediately following the meeting. She announced that Dean David Farmer of the Graduate School of Oceanography had graciously agreed to sponsor that afternoon's reception.

B. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead announced that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #8 and #9 appear on pages 3-8 of the Agenda. She said that corrected copies of the Minutes of Meeting #9 were available in the front of the room. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.

C. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead said that the minutes of the September 18 meeting of the JSPC appeared on pages 9 and 10 an asked if there were any questions. There were none.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers announced that he had approved Senate #03-04--3, #03-04--4 and #03-04--5 which had been forwarded to him after the October 30 Faculty Senate Meeting but not in time to appear on the printed Agenda cover. He noted that a portion of #03-04--3 required approval by the Board of Governors.

B. President Carothers said that he had nothing specific to announce at that time and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Professor Kaufman presented the Four Hundred Seventeenth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 11-12 of the Agenda. He said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Kaufman said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

B. Vice Provost Trubatch presented Curricular Report No. 2003-04-3 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 13 of the Agenda and moved approval.

Senator Thiem moved to amend the report by deleting CVE 651 and CVE 652 from the list of courses in section A, 1, a.

Following discussion, the amendment carried.

The motion as amended carried.

C.Professor Jackson presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2003-04-2, which appeared on pages 14-15 of the Agenda.

Professor Jackson said that Sections I and II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

Professor Jackson announced that workshops for faculty members who will be proposing courses for the Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (MQ) core area and the Natural Sciences (N) core area were scheduled for the following day at the University Club beginning at 8:30 a.m.

D. Senator Wenisch presented the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Report #03-04&emdash;1, Chapter 5: Committees of the University, which appeared on pages 16-20 of the Agenda. He said that sections I, II, and III were informational and responded to questions.

Senator Wenisch then moved approval of Section IV, Recommendation 1. The motion carried.

Senator Wenisch moved approval of Recommendation 2, which was in the form of a resolution.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Senator Wenisch moved approval of Recommendation 3, parts A, B, and C.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

E.Professor Swonger presented the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Admissions to the Providence Campus, which appeared on pages 21-24 of the Agenda.

Professor Swonger moved approval of the committee's recommendation to add a new section 8.11.12 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.

Discussion ensued.

When the 15 minutes allowed for discussion expired, a motion was made to extend debate for another 15 minutes.

Discussion resumed on the motion.

When the 15 minutes extension of debate expired, a motion was made to extend debate another 15 minutes. The motion carried.

Discussion resumed on the motion.

When the 15 minutes extension of debate expired, a motion was made to extend debate another 15 minutes. The motion failed.

The Senate voted immediately on the main motion. The motion failed.

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Chairperson Beckman announced that at the previous meeting a motion was made to approve the following motion, which is returned to the Senate at this time for a formal vote:

That the Faculty Senate approve the change in title from Vice President for Business and Finance" to "Vice President for Administration" in all documents referring to ex officio members of the Faculty Senate, including, but not limited to, the membership article of the Faculty Senate Constitution (Article III).

The motion carried.

7. NEW BUSINESS

Chairperson Beckman announced that the CBUM Committee has asked that the Executive Committee set aside time to discuss shared governance and reorganization planning. She briefly outlined for the Senate the faculty governance process as an introduction to the discussion.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Chairperson Beckman agreed on behalf of the Executive Committee to continue the discussion of this issue at the next meeting and to place it earlier on the Agenda. It was also agreed, with the President's permission, to include President Carothers' November 4 memorandum to the JSPC on academic organization.

Noting that the time for the meeting had expired, Chairperson Beckman declared the meeting adjourned. She reminded everyone that a reception at the University Club sponsored by Dean Farmer immediately followed the meeting and she encouraged everyone to attend.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman