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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #2

June 23, 2009

The meeting was called to order at 1:34 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 in the Presidentís conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present.

2. The Minutes of 2008-09 Executive Committee Meetings #26 and #27 were approved. Minutes from Meetings #25 and #28 were approved pending review by the Provost of sections related to his meetings with the FSEC. Minutes of 2009-10 Executive Committee Meeting #1 were approved.

3. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. It was noted that the next meeting of the RI Board of Governors Student and Academic Affairs Committee was scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 24 at CCRI.

The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda and agreed that there were several items of interest to the Faculty Senate. Senator Eaton agreed to represent the FSEC at the Student and Academic Affairs Committee meeting. It was agreed that it would be helpful if she could have the enclosures in advance.

b. Chairperson Swallow announced that the next Meeting of the Board of Governors, scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on June 29th, had been moved to the Ryan Center, Alumni Room on the URI campus. Several members of the FSEC said they would try to attend the meeting.

c. The Executive Committee reviewed copies of President Carothers memorandum regarding the resolution on the Research Park (#08-09--10). They noted that the President had declined to support the resolution. Instead, he returned it to the Senate without taking any action and leaving the decision about the location of the Research Park to President Dooley. President Carothersí memorandum is available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/R10_RLC.pdf.

d. Chairperson Swallow reported that he had been informed that there was a written set of principles upon which the Provostís budget decisions had been made. He said that he would try to obtain them.

e. Chairperson Swallow noted that he had been contacted about the questionnaire that was being used to evaluate a director. He noted that the official Senate process for evaluating administrators included the President, the Provost, Vice President for Research, Vice Provosts and all of the deans, but did not include positions reporting to deans.

After discussion, Vice Chairperson OrdoÒez and Senator Honhart agreed to look into the concerns that had been raised.

f. Chairperson Swallow said that questions had been raised about the distribution of graduate TAís and RAís. The executive Committee agreed to pursue the matter with the Provost.

g. Chairperson Swallow reported that he had only been able to speak to Provost DeHayes briefly since the election as part of a gathering they had both attended. He said that he was in the process of setting up a meeting with the Provost.

It was noted that in addition to conversations between the Provost and the Chairperson of the Faculty Senate, the Executive Committee met regularly with Dr. DeHayes. The Executive Committee agreed that they should meet with Dr. DeHayes during the summer if it was at all possible.

h. Ms. Grubman announced that Ms. Price from the Office of the Provost had begun working for the Faculty Senate office part-time the previous week. She said that she was hopeful that with Ms. Priceís help, she would be able to complete Minutes on time.

4. The Executive Committee discussed their June 2 luncheon with Dr. Dooley and noted that he had indicated he would like to meet regularly and often with the FSEC. The executive Committee discussed whether another meeting might take place over the summer in light of Dr. Dooleyís arrival at URI full time until after the first week in August. Chairperson Swallow said that although Dr. Dooley would officially be President July 1, Provost DeHayes would assume the responsibilities he would have if the President were away.

Chairperson Swallow noted that section 4.40.10 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL provided for a general faculty meeting at which the President would address the faculty, as follows:

4.40.10 The University Faculty shall meet at the beginning of the academic year for an address by the PresidentÖ

Ms. Grubman said that over the years, this had been reduced to the pro forma General Faculty meeting for approval of degrees prior to the first Faculty Senate meeting in the fall.

The Executive Committee agreed that a possible convocation would be an appropriate topic to discuss with Dr. Dooley during the summer if they have the opportunity to meet.

5. The Executive Committee discussed possible committee appointments for the 2009-10 academic years and agreed to continue their discussion at their next meeting. Appointment of committees (materials e-mailed separately)

6. The Executive Committee began a discussion of an agenda for the 2009-10 Faculty Senate and its Executive Committee. Preliminary issues included the components of what would improve student retention, including advising throughout the studentsí four years, general education, and interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives. They also agreed that following up on issues related to the University Library would be appropriate as well.

For information regarding to the Library, Senator Izenstark distributed copies of the comments by graduate students and faculty members from the recent Library survey

In preparation for further discussion, Ms. Grubman agreed to forward the 2008-09 Report of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee on student advising, the three resolutions on the University Library, which were adopted by the Senate in 2008-09, and a list of projects that the Provostís Office funded as part of the call for innovative general education proposals.

7. The Executive Committee discussed the need for holding more than the usual number of meetings during the summer. They decided to schedule their next meeting for Wednesday, July 1 at 1:30 p.m. since everyone on the Committee would be available.

It was further agreed that they might schedule additional summer meetings during July and August if five members of the FSEC were available.

8. Ms. Grubman asked the Executive Committee to let her know about their schedules for the fall semester so they could find a regular meeting time during the academic year.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman