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Scenes from Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #13

October 13, 2010

1. Chairperson Swallow convened the meeting at 10:05am in the second floor conference room in the Alumni Center. All members of the Executive Committee were present. Senator Ciccomascolo joined at 10:30 due to another commitment. Senator Honhart agreed to take minutes in Ms. Grubman's absence.

2. Announcements and Correspondence

Chairperson Swallow reported that he was still awaiting reactions from the Provost and from Prof. Ma to the report of the Confucius Institute Review Committee.

3. Committee appointments.

The Executive Committee attempted to finalize its choices for appointment to the search committee for the Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography.

4. Vice President Alfonso joined the meeting from 10:35 to 11:40 by longstanding arrangement.

He reported that the Council for Research had decided in principle to recommend a permanent policy for the distribution of revenue from Intellectual Property which would follow the interim policy approved last summer but with two minor changes. The wording of the new policy has not yet been drafted or approved, but the aim of the Council for Research is to have legislation ready for a vote at the December meeting of the Faculty Senate.

There followed a lengthy discussion of the meaning of the current interim policy and of the clarifying statement signed by President Dooley and Chairperson Swallow on July 7, 2010. It was agreed that the permanent policy--whatever it might be--must be unambiguous and not susceptible to alternate interpretations that might yield different numerical answers for any particular faculty creator.

Vice President Alfonso also distributed copies of a chart showing how the Division of Research and Economic Development had been reorganized.

There was a general agreement that meetings such as this one would be useful in the future.

5. Professor Christopher Anderson, chair of the Academic Program Review Committee, joined the meeting at 11:40. Prof. Anderson described the progress made by APRC toward designing the three-part program review process, which was outlined last spring at the Faculty Senate meeting of May 13. Prof. Anderson agreed to make an oral report at the October 21 Faculty Senate meeting. He will highlight the work of APRC and the relationship of this work to the upcoming visit by a NEASC panel as part of a "focused evaluation" of the University.

The meeting recessed at 12:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Honhart



The meeting reconvened on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 2:35 p.m. in Library Conference Room B, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present.

6. The Executive Committee briefly discussed their meeting the previous morning with Vice President Alfonso and agreed that the Intellectual Property Policy must be carefully crafted so there is no ambiguity in its interpretation. Chairperson Swallow will attempt to meet with Margaret Ordonez, Chairperson of Council for Research, and Vice President Alfonso to facilitate this goal.

7. The Executive Committee reviewed the lists of faculty appointees to the two search committees (Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography and Dean of the Graduate School) in order to ensure their appointments complemented the faculty appointments by the AAUP.

8. The Executive Committee discussed the University's interest in participate in the Higher Education Research Institutions (HERI) survey. It was noted that URI would be able to add some questions to the survey. It was suggested that members of the FSEC take the survey to become acquainted with it and to consider what questions of specific interest to URI might be developed to supplement the survey. Some concern was voiced about the possibility of overburdening faculty with time-consuming questionnaires in light of the upcoming APRC request.

9. Ms. Grubman reported that the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee was scheduled to meet on October 29 to review Manual references to the JSPC and JEPC and recommend appropriate changes in light of the establishment of JCAP and SBPC.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman