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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #37

 

April 15, 2011

 

1.The meeting was called to order at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 15, 2011 in the President’s Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding.  All members were present except Senator Krieger.

 

2.Announcements and Correspondence:

 

a. Following discussion of a request from Publications, the Executive Committee agreed to schedule the meeting about an online catalog for April 29.

 

b. Chairperson Eaton reported that she had spoken to the Chair of the Library Committee and had been informed that there would be an informational report about the Library Committee Subcommittee on the May 12 Faculty Senate Agenda.

 

c. Ms. Grubman reminded the FSEC that the interview of Frank Barros, candidate for Campus Sustainability Officer, was scheduled for that afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Student Senate Chambers, Memorial Union.

 

d. Ms. Grubman informed the Executive Committee that interviews for candidates for Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography were scheduled as follows:

 

1) April 18-19: William Miller – Professor, Marine Sciences and Director, Marine

Institute/Sapelo Island, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

 

2) April 21-22: Richard Rood – Professor, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

 

3) April 28-29: Richard Murray – Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Boston

University, Boston, MA

 

4) May 9-10: Deborah Bronk – Professor, The College of William & Mary, Virginia

Institute of Marine Science/SMS, Gloucester Point, VA

 

3. The Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #7, April 21, 2011 was reviewed and approved in final form.

 

4. The Executive Committee met with President Dooley from 11:40-12:30.  The following matters were considered:

 

a. The Executive Committee noted that the recent survey about Provost DeHayes had been a surprise and asked the President for more information.  President Dooley said that he felt that a very useful approach to learn more about his Provost and Vice Presidents was to survey faculty and other administrators about the individuals. 

 

The President said that he had selected Provost DeHayes because his three-year review would be occurring and he wanted more information from a broader group within and outside the University.  He said that the survey process had been a useful tool at Montana State and he wanted to conduct one at URI.  He said that he and Associate Vice President Coleman had worked on the survey together and that only Ms. Curreri had known about his plans, although he had discussed his intention to conduct this survey with former Chairperson Swallow in the fall.

 

The President said that he did not intend in any way to usurp the Faculty Senate’s process, but felt he would get very useful and complementary information from the survey because it was less time consuming than writing individual letters and was more likely to receive a better response rate than from the Administrator Evaluation process outlined in the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.   He said that only he would know who had completed the surveys and the information would be kept confidential.

 

b. The Executive Committee requested an update on the proposed Intellectual Property legislation.  President Dooley said that he was scheduled to meet with Vice President Alfonso and as many members of the Council for Research as could attend.

 

The Executive Committee urged that once a proposal was ready for review, and before it is brought to the Senate, it be shared with deans and faculty members who were involved in IP.

 

When President Dooley left the meeting the Executive Committee moved to their next item of business.

 

5. Following discussion, the Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their April 22 Meeting with Provost DeHayes:

     

a. Dr. Peterson’s Report on International Education at URI

 

b. Advising

 

c. The SLOAA-Online Positions

     

d. End-of-year review of accomplishments and matters that will require further consideration.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 12:40 p.m.

                                               

Respectfully submitted,

 

Sheila Black Grubman