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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #14

December 9, 2008

1. The meeting was called to order at 2: 07 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Martin presiding. All members were present except Senator Swallow.

2. The Minutes for Executive Committee Meeting #10, October 28, 2008 were approved pending review by Provost DeHayes of sections pertaining to his meeting with the FSEC.

3. Announcements/Correspondence

a. Chairperson Martin reported on the Board of Governors meeting that she had attended the previous evening, December 8, 2008 at CCRI.

b. Ms. Grubman reported that the Executive Committee had received a memorandum from Provost DeHayes asking for nominees for the Search Committee for the College of Engineering Dean. She said that the FSEC had selected Professor Donna Meyer from Mechanical Engineering and Professor Jim Miller from Ocean Engineering to serve on the previous Search Committee.

It was agreed to contact Professors Meyer and Miller to find out if they were still interested in serving and to contact the AAUP about coordinating the faculty appointments.

c. Ms Grubman reported that the count of senators' votes on co-signing the op-ed written by the Equity Council was 21 to 2. The Executive Committee agreed that Ms. Grubman should verify the numbers on the following morning (23 to 2) and then announce that the majority of Senators voting on the issue had agreed to co-sign the letter.

d. The Executive Committee discussed correspondence from Senator Swallow with regard to the JSPC Agenda for December 11. After discussion, it was agreed that it would be advisable for Senator Swallow to be present at any meeting at which his proposals were considered.

e. The Executive Committee agreed to postpone their discussion of Talent Development retention data that they had received from Vice President Dougan until their next meeting to ensure that everyone had adequate time to review the information

4. The Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #4, December 18, 2008 was reviewed and approved in final form.

5. The Executive Committee was brought up to date on the following matters of continuing concern:

a. JSPC: The Executive Committee reviewed their list of matters of faculty concern for the JSPC meeting on December 11. It was agreed that two of the barriers to research, centralized access to technology and availability of business cards for conferences, were small and "fixable" with some administrative effort. The third barrier relating to library journal cuts would require changes in policy as a long-term solution.

b. The Blue Ribbon Study Commission on the Future of URI: Chairperson Martin said that her meeting with the Provost to discuss the Executive Committee's questions about the revised draft had been cancelled and was rescheduled for later that afternoon.

c. Provost's Draft Vision for Academic Affairs: The Executive Committee discussed the best possible date in January for the follow-up summit at the Memorial Union. Chairperson Martin was asked to propose a date during the winter break rather than later in January when classes are in session. It was noted that finding an intersession date would be difficult since many faculty members and administrators had already made plans for that period.

6. Ms. Grubman said that it was time for the Executive Committee to set up a regular meeting schedule for the spring semester. She said that she would provide the committee with blank schedules, which she hoped would be returned prior to their next meeting. With regard to guests at the spring meetings, it was agreed that it would be useful to meet with Vice President Alfonso as well as the Provost and the President.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman