Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting 34 – March 25, 2011


1.     The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m. on Friday, March 25, 2011 in the PresidentŐs Conference Room in Green Hall, Vice Chairperson Larsen presiding.  All members were present except Chairperson Eaton.


2.     Professor Uht from the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering joined the meeting from 11:05-11:20.  He shared materials comparing the proposed Intellectual Property with the previous policy and explained the differences between them.  He asked the FSEC to consider holding the proposed policy off the Faculty Senate Agenda pending further information.


After Professor Uht left the meeting, the Executive Committee discussed correspondence from Senator Maier-Speredelozzi, Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering, regarding the intellectual property proposal from the Council for Research


3.     Professor Ordo–ez, Chair of the Council for Research, met with the Executive Committee from 11:30 to 11:50 a.m. The CouncilŐs Intellectual Property Policy proposal was discussed.


Following discussion, the Executive Committee agreed that there were too many issues related to the proposal for them to consider placing it on the Faculty Senate Agenda. They informed Professor Ordo–ez that they would like to meet with President Dooley to discuss some of the FSECŐs concerns before bringing the Council for Research Report to the Faculty Senate. 


Since the Executive Committee was scheduled to meet with the President the following Friday, April 1, it was agreed that the Council for Research Report not be included on the March 31 Faculty Senate Agenda.


4.     The Executive Committee reviewed the proposed Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #6, March 31 and approved it tentatively pending information as to whether Vice Provost Libutti would be able to make a presentation about retention at the meeting.


Since it was the last day of spring break, the Executive Committee recessed for lunch and continued meeting at the University Club.


5.     The FSEC agreed that they wanted to devote the majority of their meeting time with President Dooley to discuss their concerns about the Intellectual Property Policy including, comparison of policies at other New England research universities as well as Vice President AlfonsoŐs interpretation of the Interim Intellectual Property, which differed significantly from the policy approved by the Faculty Senate in June and approved by President Dooley in July (see Faculty Senate Bill #10-11—1).


The Executive Committee decided that they would limit their topics to the Intellectual Property Policy and an update on the GLBTIQQ issues, in addition to any matters President Dooley wants to address.


6.     The Executive Committee discussed plans for the survey on IDEA by the Teaching Effectiveness Committee and the need for following up on faculty concerns raised as part of the survey.  It was agreed that the questionnaires should be distributed this spring in anticipation of responding to recommendations in the fall 2011 semester.


The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.


                                          Respectfully submitted,


                                          Sheila Black Grubman