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Scenes from Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #12

October 6, 2010

1. Chairperson Swallow convened the meeting at 10:10AM in the President's Conference Room, Green Hall. All members of the Executive Committee were present. Senator Honhart agreed to take minutes in Ms. Grubman's absence.

2. The minutes for FSEC meetings 9 and 10 were approved as previously distributed. Both sets will be published once the Provost has acknowledged the accuracy of the portions which describe conversations with him.

3. Confucius Institute Review

The Report of the Confucius Institute Review Committee was accepted. The report will be forwarded to Provost DeHayes and to the Director of the Confucius Institute, Professor Ma. The Executive Committee intends to place the report on the agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting of October 21. While accepting the report as written, the Executive Committee will offer its interpretation of the significance of the ten numbered recommendations which precede the "Summary Recommendation." In particular, it will be pointed out that recommendation #3, concerning a coordinating committee for programs related to China, is more than a recommendation about the Confucius Institute.

5. Deans' Search Committee appointments

Names of potential faculty appointees to the Deans' Search Committees for the Graduate School and for the Graduate School of Oceanography were discussed. Names of two faculty members for each search committee will be forwarded to the Provost by the end of the week.

6. Discussion with Provost DeHayes and Vice Provost Beauvais

Provost DeHayes and Vice Provost Beauvais joined the meeting by previous arrangement at 11:10. The following items were discussed with them.

A. Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning

There was a discussion of a planned Center for Excellence for Teaching and Learning. Provost DeHayes and Vice Provost Beauvais explained that this is not a new administrative unit or a merger but rather a plan to coordinate the activities of four units with related responsibilities. Those units are the new Office of Online and Distance Learning and three existing units: the Instructional Development Program; the Office of Student Learning, Outcomes Assessment, and Accreditation; and the Instructional Technology Center.

B. Study of the Future of the Libraries

There was a discussion of a study to be conducted on the Future of the Library by a subcommittee of the Faculty Senate Library Committee. Topics discussed included creating a vision for the Library, developing three-year and six-year plans for the Library, the ideal membership and leadership for the subcommittee, and the value of bringing one or more experts to the campus to assist the subcommittee.

C. Support for the work of the Faculty Senate

There was a discussion of needs for greater support for the work of the Faculty Senate and specifically for the Faculty Senate officers.

The meeting ended at 12:10 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Honhart