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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

May 13, 2004

Number 9

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:07 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Beckman presiding.

All members were present except Senators Howard, Kogut, Lehrer and Manfredi; Vice Presidents Beagle and Dougan, and Weygand; Vice Provost Swift; Deans Farmer, Joseph, Letendre, Mazze, McKinney, Richmond, Seemann and Taggart (Vice Provost McCray and Dean Gandel were represented by their designees); 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 Meetings #8, April 15, 2004 and #8A, April 29, 2004. There were none.

A motion was made to approve the Minutes of Meetings #8 and 8A as distributed. The motion carried.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTE

A. Announcements

  1. Chairperson Beckman announced that it was the organizational meeting of the 2004-05 Faculty Senate. She then welcomed the Senators who were taking their seats at the meeting. She noted that some of the names were familiar because some Senators had served previously as replacements for other Senators and had recently been elected to full three-year terms:

    ARTS AND SCIENCES
    Leo Caroll
    C. Herbert Carson
    Nancy Eaton
    Ron Hutt
    James Kowalski
    Michelangelo La Luna
    Barbara Luebke
    Surendra Malik
    Glen Ramsay
    Wendy Roworth
    Sharon Strom
    Gilbert Suzawa

    HUMAN SCIENCE AND SERVICES
    Thomas Manfredi
    Linda Welters

    PHARMACY
    Marilyn Barbour
    K. Parang

    BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
    Mark Lehrer

    ENGINEERING
    Wayne Lee
    Leland Jackson

    GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
    Thomas Rossby

    THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES
    Patrick Logan
    Michael Rice

    NURSING
    Laurie Lauzon-Clabo

    UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
    James Kinney

  2. Chairperson Beckman announced that Vice President Robert Weygand would join the Senate as an ex officio member at that meeting and indicated that she would introduce and welcome him when he arrived.

  3. Chairperson Beckman thanked the members of the Executive Committee for their commitment and counsel during the 2003-04 academic year: Vice Chairperson Faye Boudreaux-Bartels, former Vice Chairperson Mary Hollinshead and Senators Grubman-Black, Martin, Rice and Rosen. She also thanked Ms. Grubman and Ms. DeFosse for their support.

    In addition, Chairperson Beckman expressed her appreciation to the chairs and members of Senate Committees for their service, most notably Senator Jackson, Chair of the UCGE Committee, Professor Kaufman, Chair of the CAC, Professor Feldman, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Admissions to the Providence Campus and Dean Dayle Joseph, who chaired the Investigative Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Reorganization.

    Chairperson Beckman said that she was grateful to President Carothers, Provost Swan, the Vice Presidents and the other members of the JSPC including Ms. Morrissey, Ms. Orabone and Mr. Bakr, for all of the time, thought, and energy that they had devoted to making shared governance happen. She said that she hoped that the progress made during the 2003-04 would continue through 2004-05.

  4. Chairperson Beckman thanked the Vice Provosts and Deans who had graciously sponsored the receptions after Senate meetings all year. She then expressed her appreciation to Vice Provost Janett Trubatch for graciously agreeing to sponsor the reception that afternoon and encouraged everyone to gather at the University Club after the Faculty Senate meeting.

B. Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels asked if there were any questions about the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #25, #26, #27, #28, and #29, which appeared on pages 5-14 of the Agenda.

Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels and Chairperson Beckman then responded to questions.

C. Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels said that the minutes of the March 18 and April 1 meetings of the JSPC had not been approved in time for them to be included in the Agenda. She noted that they had been distributed through FacSen-BUS and posted on the Faculty Senate website. She asked if there were any questions.

Chairperson Beckman responded to questions about the JSPC minutes

D. Professor Bide presented the report of the Nominating Committee for Officers of the 2004-05 Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 16 of the Agenda.

Professor Bide placed in nomination the name of Senator Faye Boudreaux-Bartels, College of Engineering, for Chairperson of the Faculty Senate.

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Professor Bide announced that Senator Faye Boudreaux-Bartels had been elected Chairperson by acclamation.

Professor Bide placed the names of Senators Michael Rice and William Rosen in nomination for Vice Chairperson of the Faculty Senate for the 2004-05 academic year.

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Nominations were closed. The Senate proceeded to vote. Professors Bide, Loy and Mongeau served as tellers.

During balloting, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

E. Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels announced that she wanted to introduce a resolution before proceeding with the recommendations of the Executive Committee that appeared on the cover of the Agenda. She then moved approval of the following:

Whereas: Judy K. Beckman has chaired the Faculty Senate with enthusiasm and aplomb;

And

Whereas: She moved the University towards an enhanced shared governance system with tenacity and diligence;

And

Whereas: She spearheaded improvements in communication throughout the realm known as the University;

And

Whereas: She managed the initial steps for the laying of a solid foundation for constructing a quality undergraduate environment for the Providence campus;

And

Whereas: She led the charge for a new review process evaluating both the quantitative and qualitative contributions of academic programs;

And

Whereas: She initiated a viable and systematic review of graduate education and research at the University.

Be It Therefore Resolved: That the Faculty Senate of the University of Rhode Island conveys our thanks and appreciation

to

Chairperson Judy K. Beckman

For her hard work, exemplary leadership and ebullient demeanor while serving as Chair during this past academic year;

And

Be It Further Resolved: That we wish her all the best in the coming year when she will take advantage of the prestigious ACE Fellowship she was awarded to explore more thoroughly the inner workings of administration at a different university.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels moved approval of the following recommendation of the Executive Committee:

    That the Faculty Senate direct the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee to consider the possibility of amending Article IV and Article V of the Faculty Senate Constitution with regard to terms of Officers and the Executive Committee.

Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels noted that additional information was available on page 16 of the Agenda.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Dean Brownell moved to amend the motion by adding that the CBUM Committee be charged to explore the possibility of allowing Senators to serve consecutive terms (2.7 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws).

Discussion ensued on the amendment.

After discussion, the amendment carried.

The motion as amended carried.

Chairperson Beckman announced that Vice President Weygand had arrived during the previous discussion. She welcomed him to the Faculty Senate as an ex officio member.

  1. Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels moved that the Faculty Senate approve for inclusion in the University Manual the University of Rhode Island Computing and Network Use Policy which appeared on pages 17-19 of the Agenda.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Kirschenbaum moved to substitute the following for the motion on the floor:

That the Faculty Senate refer the Proposed URI Policy on Computing and Network Use to the CBUM Committee for review and recommendations

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, Senator Kowalski suggested that Senator Kirschenbaum's motion be considered a motion to refer to committee rather than a motion to substitute.

Chairperson Beckman ruled that the motion on the floor was a motion to refer to committee.

Following discussion, the motion to refer the Proposed URI Policy on Computing and Network Use to the CBUM Committee carried.

3. D. Chairperson Beckman announced that Senator William Rosen had been elected Vice Chairperson of the Faculty Senate for 2004-05.

Professor Bide placed the names of Celest Martin and Karen Ramsay in nomination for the two-year term on the 2004-05 Executive Committee

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor.

Senator Michael Rice was nominated for the two-year term.

Nominations were closed. The Senate proceeded to vote.

During balloting, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers announced that he had approved all of the Bills listed on the Agenda cover: #03-04--23, #03-04--24, #03-04--25, #03-04--26, #03-04--27, #03-04--28, #03-04--29, #03-04--30, #03-04--31 and #03-04--32. He reported that he had also supported Resolution #03-04--3 Endorsement of the Development of Programs for the Providence Campus.

B. President Carothers thanked the Senate for a very productive academic year and expressed his appreciation to Senator Jackson and the University College and General Education Committee for their efforts in ensuring that the revised general education program was in place for Freshmen entering in the fall 2004. He also thanked The Ad Hoc Committee on Admissions to the Providence Campus, chaired by former Senator Feldman, for their comprehensive report, which laid the groundwork for admitting traditional freshmen to the Providence Campus.

The President also thanked Chairperson Beckman and the members of the Executive Committee for their commitment to the JSPC during its initial year in operation. He wished Chairperson Beckman success during her year away as an ACE Fellow and said he looked forward to her return at its completion.

President Carothers reminded the Faculty Senate that Commencement weekend was scheduled for May 22-23 and encouraged faculty to participate. He noted that it was important to students and their parents that there is a significant faculty presence at that important occasion.

President Carothers reported on the progress of the university's budget through the general assembly and on the status of capital projects. He said that the biotechnology building was on track for the November 2004 Bond Issue. The President indicated that questions about positions under the FTE cap appeared to have been resolved. He noted that as research positions are transferred from under the cap, faculty and staff positions could be filled depending on adequate funding rather than the FTE cap.

The President then responded to questions from the floor.

3. D. Professor Bide announced that there would be a run-off election between Senators Ramsay and Rice.

During balloting, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Professor Kaufman moved approval of the Four Hundred Twenty-Fourth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 20-26 of the Agenda. He said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions.

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

Professor Kaufman announced that Section III was a joint report of the Curricular Affairs Committee and Graduate Council on 400-level courses. He said that part A was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

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

3. D. Chairperson Beckman announced that Senator Michael Rice had been elected to the two-year term on the Executive Committee.

Professor Bide placed the names of the following Senators in nomination for the three one--year terms on the 2004-05 Executive Committee:

Jerome Adams
Marilyn Barbour
James Kowalski
Ronald Lee
Barbara Luebke

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor.

Senator Celest Martin and Senator Karen Ramsay were nominated one-year terms.

Nominations were closed. The Senate proceeded to vote.

During balloting, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

5. B. Professor Kaufman moved approval of the Four Hundred Twenty-Fifth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 27-34 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.

Professor Kaufman announced that Section III was a joint report of the Curricular Affairs Committee and Graduate Council on 400-level courses. He said that part A was informational and asked if there were any questions.

Senator Roworth made an editorial correction to part A.

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

C. Vice Provost Trubatch presented Curricular Report No. 2003-2004-7 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on pages 35-40 of the Agenda. She then moved approval of the entire report. The motion carried.

D. Senator Jackson presented the University College and General Education Committee's Report #2003-04-10, which appeared on pages 41 and 42 of the Agenda. He added the following course to the list of courses under the Social Sciences (S) core area:

  1. ECN 201 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics (three of the following skills: reading complex texts, writing effectively, using quantitative data, using information technology)

Senator Jackson moved approval of the report with the addition of ECN 201. The motion carried.

E. Vice Provost Trubatch presented the Report of the Council for Research on the establishment of a Research Corporation, which appeared on pages 43-48 of the Agenda and moved approval.

Discussion ensued.

3. D. Chairperson Beckman announced that Senators James Kowalski and Karen Ramsay had been elected to two one-year terms on the Executive Committee.

Professor Bide said that there would be a run-off election between Senators Celest Martin and Ronald Lee for the remaining one-year term on the 2004-05 Executive Committee.

During balloting, the Senate returned to item 5, E.

5. E. Discussion resumed on the establishment of a Research Corporation.

3. D. Chairperson Beckman announced that Senator Celest Martin had been elected to a one-year term on the Executive Committee.

The members of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee for 2004-05 are:

Faye Boudreaux-Bartels, Chairperson
William Rosen, Vice Chairperson
James Kowalski (1 year term)
Celest Martin (1 year term)
Karen Ramsay (1 year term)
Michael Rice (2 year term)

5. E. Discussion resumed on the on the establishment of a Research Corporation.

When the time for debate expired, Senator Rice moved to extend debate for fifteen additional minutes. The motion to extend debate carried.

Following discussion, the main motion carried.

Chairperson Beckman declared the meeting adjourned and invited everyone to the reception at the University Club, sponsored by Vice Provost Trubatch.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman

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