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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #1

June 1, 2009

1. The meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2009 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present except Senator DiCioccio.

2. The Minutes of 2008-09 Executive Committee Meetings #21, #22, and #24 were approved. It was noted that the Minutes of Meeting #23 had been approved by the 2008-09 FSEC.

3. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. Chairperson Swallow announced that Dean Seemann is leaving URI. Chairperson Swallow reported that the Provost had met with the CELS faculty and planned to announce an Interim Dean shortly. Chairperson Swallow said that he hoped the Search for a new Dean would be conducted during the 2009-10 academic year.

b. Chairperson Swallow reminded the FSEC that they were scheduled to meet with President Dooley for lunch the following day, June 2 from 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. It was agreed to discuss this further later in the meeting.

c. Ms Grubman announced that the next meeting of the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on June 29. The Executive Committee decided to make an effort to have a member of the FSEC attend Board meetings. It was suggested that a member of the FSEC might want to attend meetings of the Board's Academic and Student Affairs Committee.

Ms Grubman noted that the August Meeting is usually held at the Narragansett Bay Campus and suggested that members of the FSEC might want to attend.

d. Ms. Grubman announced that there was usually an orientation for new members of the JSPC. She said that once it is scheduled, she would let the committee know the details.

4. Members of the FSEC who attended the Pharmacy Dean interviews with Dr. Lamar Pritchard and Interim Dean Ronald Jordan reported on their observations of the two candidates. It was agreed to draft a memorandum to Provost DeHayes outlining their impressions of each candidate.

5. The FSEC talked about their upcoming lunch meeting with Dr. David Dooley and agreed to offer to work closely with him and ask for ways the FSEC could be of assistance. They decided to propose that the FSEC and the President meet regularly as they had with President Carothers.

6. Ms. Grubman outlined the summer responsibilities of the Executive Committee:

a. She explained that the provisions for the role of the FSEC during the summer were outlined in Section 4.3 of the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate:

4.3 The Executive Committee shall have the power to act for the Senate during the interim between the last Senate meeting in the spring and the first meeting in the fall on such matters as urgently require action at the time. Before acting, the Chairperson shall invite members of the Senate to a hearing concerning the action and its urgency. The provisions for circulating the agenda and minutes for special meetings of the Senate shall apply. The action of the Executive Committee will become effective ten days following the distribution of the minutes unless a necessary Presidential approval is withheld or unless a petition for challenges the action delay signed by five percent of the General Faculty. In these cases, the action must await consideration by the Senate.

b. She said that the FSEC's specific summer responsibilities always include the following:

  1. Appointment of committees
  2. Approval of CBUM Report on changes to the UNIVERSITY MANUAL
  3. Developing an Agenda for the 2009-10 Faculty Senate and its Executive Committee - Ideas for welcome letter
  4. Planning the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #1, September 24, 2009

c. Ms. Grubman suggested that the FSEC schedule some meetings for the summer as well as continuing with casual lunch conversations. Ms Grubman asked everyone to fill out the blank calendars she had sent and return them to her as soon as possible.

7. The FSEC reviewed a list of matters remaining from 2008-09 and agreed that they were still pertinent for 2009-10:

a. Retention

b. Faculty-student ratio

c. Interdisciplinary teaching and research

d. Graduate research assistants

e. Initiative for general education

f. Ad Hoc Committee to review priorities for the character and facilities of the research park.

The Executive Committee agreed that additional items would develop as the summer and the academic year proceeds.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman



Sheila Black Grubman

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