1. The meeting was called to order at 2: 05 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Martin presiding. All members were present except Vice Chairperson Costello.
2. The Minutes for Executive Committee Meetings #7, October 7, 2008 and #9, October 21, 2008 were approved.
a. Chairperson Martin reported that she had received a memorandum from Provost DeHayes asking for nominees for the Search Committee for the College of Pharmacy Dean. Ms. Grubman reported that on October 9, 2007, the FSEC had selected Professor Marilyn Barbour from Pharmacy Practice and Professor Nasser Zawia from Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences to serve on the Search Committee.
It was agreed to contact Professors Barbour and Zawia to find out if they were still interested in serving and to contact the AAUP about coordinating the faculty appointments.
b. Chairperson Martin said Ms. Morrissey would not be able to meet with the FSEC that afternoon to discuss the Blue Ribbon Commission Draft as originally announced. She said the FSEC could discuss the most recent iteration of the charge and membership of the Blue Ribbon Study Commission later in the meeting.
4. The Executive Committee reviewed a draft Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #3, November 20, 2008 and approved it in final form.
5. The Executive Committee reviewed the proposed Lactation Policy #08-1 in accordance with the provisions of policy #80-1, Establishing Administrative Policy, and agreed it did not require Faculty Senate approval.
6. The Executive Committee discussed materials regarding the University Library (The President's response to Standard 7 of the Accreditation Report, comparison data for the URI Library and other institutions, and the materials that Dean Maslyn had provided to the Council of Deans). They agreed to forward these materials to the Library Committee, in order to ask for the Library Committee's advice and suggestions as soon as possible. Following this, the FSEC would bring the Library Committee's recommendations to the attention of the JSPC as a concern of the faculty.
7. The Executive Committee discussed matters of continuing concern:
a. The Presidential Search: Chairperson Martin reported on the first meeting of the Search Committee (November 3.) The committee agreed at that time to delegate the selection of a search firm to Chairperson Ryan. The Search Committee hoped to meet with representatives of the selected search firm in January.
b. JSPC: The Executive committee reviewed the Agenda for the next JSPC meeting, scheduled for November 13, 2008. Ms. Grubman noted that the JSPC had been asked to review a proposed new BS degree program and make recommendations to the Curricular Affairs Committee in accordance with the legislation establishing the JSPC and eliminating the JEPC. Ms. Grubman distributed copies of the proposal for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) for their review prior to the JSPC meeting.
In addition, Chairperson Martin noted that the first research issue on the JSPC Agenda had been proposed by Professor Costello, as a follow-up to a prior discussion FSEC had with the President. Unfortunately, Senator Costello would be unable to attend the upcoming JSPC meeting. Chairperson Martin asked Senator Ordonez to help her address the second issue related to research support for senior faculty.
c. The Blue Ribbon Study Commission on the Future of URI: The FSEC revised the draft that Ms. Morrissey had prepared after consultation with the Provost. It was noticed that the proposed new commission had a more limited charge and no longer proposed asking people outside URI to participate. A number of questions were raised by members of the Executive Committee, and the Committee delegated Chairperson Martin to schedule a meeting between herself and the Provost to discuss them.
d. Provost's Draft Vision for Academic Affairs: Chairperson Martin reported on the discussion at the College of Arts and Sciences faculty meeting and asked if any other members of the FSEC had participated in discussions at their colleges or departments. It was noted that Provost DeHayes had been invited to a number of college and/or department faculty meetings to discuss the academic vision, but the Provost hadn't responded publicly to any comments that he had received.
8. The Executive Committee discussed possible matters to raise with the President and agreed to formalize their issues by e-mail.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:14 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman