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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #18

November 20, 2009

1. The meeting was called to order at 1:05 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2009 in the President's Conference Room, Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present except Senators DiCioccio and Izenstark.

2. The Minutes from FSEC Meetings #16, November 6, 2009 and #17, November 13, 2009 were discussed and approved as revised.

3. The Executive Committee reviewed the previous afternoon's Faculty Senate Meeting #3. It was noted that, although the technical situation wasn't as good as it might have been, the assignment by the Provost's Office and the Department of Planning Services' of a student assistant, Mr. Frank Pari, had been an excellent decision and could only improve for future Senate meetings. The Executive Committee was particularly impressed by Mr. Pari's work ethic given the physical conditions he faced in the auditorium.

The Executive Committee agreed that adjourning the meeting earlier than usual provided more opportunity for members of the Senate to attend the reception.

4. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. The Executive Committee briefly discussed Academe: "Faculty Governance in a Time of Crisis," which had been forwarded electronically by Senator Kirschenbaum.

b. The Executive Committee discussed correspondence on low enrollment programs and reviewed the form that had been provided to the programs under review. It was suggested that the Faculty Senate or one of its committees might play an active role with regard to the decision to suspend academic programs. It was noted that although the UNIVERSITY MANUAL section 8.87.12 was silent on the issue, a workable procedure might be developed.

c. The Executive Committee discussed correspondence they had received regarding patent policy and the distribution of royalties. It was agreed that the concern should be shared with President Dooley. Chairperson Swallow was asked to write to the President alerting him of the questions that were being raised and alerting him to the Faculty Senate's specific role with regard to research and patent policy.

d. Chairperson Swallow shared with the FSEC a draft proposal for an ecology overlay in the general education program from students enrolled in HPR 411.

5. The Executive Committeediscussed the following matters of concern:

a. Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman reported that Professor Niedbala had withdrawn from the AEC for Dean Maslyn and had been replaced by Professor Brian Gallagher.

Academic Plan and Task Forces: The Executive Committee reviewed the status of the various task forces that followed from the Academic Plan. Senator

Honhart shared with the Executive Committee a draft charge to and membership of an interdisciplinary task force. It was agreed to forward the draft to Ms. Morrissey for comments. With regard to the global initiative, Senator Honhart said that he and Senator DiCioccio had contacted Vice Provost Beauvais about drafting the charge to and membership of the task force.

Chairperson Swallow said that Provost DeHayes had informed him that the next step in the development of a task force on research, scholarship and innovation would be to share the draft with Vice President Alfonso. Vice Chairperson Ordoñez reported that she was in the process of setting up a meeting with Dean Zawia, Senator Eaton, and herself to discuss the charge to and membership of the task force on graduate education.

c. Strategic Budget and Planning Council: the Executive Committee considered faculty members whom they would nominate for the Budget and Planning Council, noting that anyone whom they nominated should be someone with a university-wide perspective.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman