Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting 27 – February 4, 2011


1.     The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m. on Friday, February 4, 2011 in the PresidentÕs Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding.  All members were present.


2.   Provost DeHayes, Vice Provost Dean Libutti and Professor DiCioccio, Chair of the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee, joined the Executive Committee for a discussion of the campus class closings due to the weather and the physical condition of the campus since the beginning of the spring semester.  They considered problems associated with losing once/week classes scheduled for Wednesday afternoons and Thursdays and possible ways to accommodate faculty and students before the end of the spring semester.


      Following discussion of several alternatives, Professor DiCioccio was asked to bring the calendar question to her committee and to request they recommend an alternative spring schedule that could be considered by the Faculty Senate at the February 24 meeting.


      The FSEC asked Ms. Grubman to send an announcement to faculty and the Presidents of the Student Senate and Graduate Student Association to alert everyone that a modification to the spring 2011 calendar was under consideration.


3.         Announcements/Correspondence:


a.    Senator Ciccomascolo reported that she had spoken with Jim Kinnie, Chair of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee and he agrees that the survey regarding the IDEA would be conducted on Survey Monkey under the auspices of the Faculty Senate.


b.    Ms. Grubman announced that Chairperson Eaton and Vice Chair LarsenÕs meeting with AAUP President Roworth and Vice President Kirschenbaum was confirmed for February 9.


c.    Chairperson Eaton announced that Vice Chair Larsen would chair the February 11 FSEC meeting. She explained that she would she would be involved most of the day with a candidate for a position in her department.                                                                                                             


              d.   Ms. Grubman announced that President DooleyÕs meeting with the FSEC had been rescheduled for February18 at 11:00 a.m.


              e.   Ms. Grubman reported that she and Professor Rosen had met with Provost DeHayes and Vice Provost Katz about the upcoming administrator evaluation of the Vice Provost.  She said

                    they intended to send the materials to the Vice ProvostÕs constituency group later that month once Vic Provost Katz forwards a personal statement to accompany the evaluation letter.


              f.    Vice Chair Larsen shared correspondence he had received about an apparent scheduling conflict between the UniversityÕs academic calendar and the Department of Administrations calendar for the State of Rhode Island.


               g.  Chairperson Eaton announced that Senator Gale Eaton had agreed to serve as chair of the Library Committee.


        4.   Following discussion of potential items for the next Faculty Senate meeting, the Executive Committee asked Ms. Grubman to provide them with a tentative Agenda for the February 24 Faculty Senate Meeting by their next FSEC meeting.


5.   The Executive Committee discussed the two matters that Provost De Hayes had raised at their previous meeting. The first was whether it might be a good idea to have one director responsible both for SLOAA and for the Office of Online Learning and Technology and thereby provide funding for full-time coordinators in each of the units.  The second related to helping encourage faculty to provide more detailed information for students in their syllabi.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:45 p.m.


                                          Respectfully submitted,


                                          Sheila Black Grubman