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Faculty Senate Agenda

Number 2

Regular Meeting of the Faculty Senate on Thursday, October 25, 2007 in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building

1. Call to order at 3:00pm

2. Disposition of Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #1, September 27, 2007 (Attached)

3. Reports of Officers and Executive Committee

A. Annoucements

B. Activities of the Executive Committee (Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #3, #4, #5, and #6) - Vice Chairperson Martin

C. Activities of the Joint Strategic Planning Committee (Minutes of September 20, 2007 meeting (attached pp. 20-21) -- Vice Chairperson Martin

D. Recommendation of the Executive Committee - Vice Chairperson Martin

  • That the Faculty Senate appoint Professor Marilyn Barbour, PHP, and Professor Nasser Zawia, BPS, to the Search Committee for the Dean of the College of Pharmacy.

E. Report of the Executive Committee on Senate Action 2007-08--2: Laboratory Fees (attached pp.22-23)-- Vice Chairperson Martin

F. Update on NEASC Accreditation Self-Study -- Professor Beckman.

4. Report of the President - President Carothers

A. Status of Actions Forwarded to the President:
Bills:

#07-08--1 - Curricular Report No. 2006-07-7 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate (Corrected). Approved by President Carothers on October 4, 2007.

#07-08--2 - Addition of Vice President for Research and Economic Development to the JSPC: Section 5.70.11 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL. Approved by President Carothers on October 4, 2007.

#07-08--3 - Policy #80-1 (Revised). Approved by President Carothers on October 4, 2007.

#07-08--4 - Final Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Administrator Evaluation. Approved by President Carothers on October 4, 2007.

B. Announcements

5. Special Report

Status Report on URI Research and Innovation -- Vice President Alfonso.

6. Reports of Standing and Special Committees

A. The Four Hundred Fifty-Third Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee (attached pp. 24-27) - Professor Luebke.

B. University College and General Education Committee Report #07-08-1 (attached p. 28) - Professor Hicks.

C. Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #2007-08-2 (attached pp. 29-31) - Senator DiCioccio

7. Unfinished Business

A. At the September 27 meeting of the Faculty Senate the following proposed changes to the By-Laws recommended by the Executive Committee were moved and seconded. They are now returned to the Faculty Senate for action:

4.4 The Executive Committee with the consent of the Faculty Senate shall appoint an Administrator Evaluation Coordinator from the tenured faculty for a two-year term. The Administrator Evaluation Coordinator shall be responsible for the following: designating which administrators are to be evaluated in a given year; facilitating the election/selection of administrator evaluation committees within each administrator's constituent group as defined in section 5.76.12 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL; providing guidance and suggestions to these administrator evaluation committees as they design their instruments and outline their procedures; and, monitoring the committees' progress in conducting the evaluations. The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate shall review and evaluate the process as outlined here and as it evolves in the respective Evaluation Committees after the first three-year round and at least every six years after that. The results of the review shall be reported to the Faculty Senate.

4.60 The Teaching Effectiveness Committee shall promote good teaching at the University by: conducting and reporting to the Faculty Senate an annual audit of programs, activities, policies, etc., which are available at the University to support good teaching; serving as an advisory committee to the Instructional Development Program; undertaking each year, in cooperation with other interested parties, an initiative designed to improve teaching practices at the University. The Director of the Instructional Development Program and the Vice Provost for Information Technology Services or the Vice Provost's designee shall serve as ex officio members of this committee.

B. At the September 27 meeting of the Faculty Senate the following proposed changes to section 4.56 of the By-Laws (membership of the Council for Research) recommended by the Executive Committee were moved and seconded (Changes are in boldface):

4.56 The membership of the Council shall be chosen to reflect the diversity of the academic disciplines of the faculty. The Council shall comprise seven faculty members appointed in accordance with the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate (See section 6.1); three faculty members from the research community chosen by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development; one member of the Council of Deans, chosen by that council; one director (or associate or assistant director) of a research center or bureau and one college business manager chosen by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; one graduate student chosen by the Graduate Student Association; one undergraduate student appointed by the undergraduate Research Grant Committee; the Dean of the Graduate School or designee; and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development or the Vice President's designee as a voting ex officio member. The two students shall be appointed yearly. The members appointed by the Senate, the Council of Deans, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development shall be appointed to three-year terms commencing in September. Wherever the same person or body is charged with selecting two or more members, the members' terms shall be staggered. The Council shall elect its chairperson for the year from among the faculty members of the Council at its first meeting in September. The name of the chairperson shall be made known to the University community and reported to the Faculty Senate and the President.

In addition, the following amendment was moved and seconded:

Delete "from the research community" and add "two faculty members appointed by the Provost."

If amended, the relevant portion of section 4.56 of the By-Laws would read as follows:

4.56 The membership of the Council shall be chosen to reflect the diversity of the academic disciplines of the faculty. The Council shall comprise seven faculty members appointed in accordance with the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate (See section 6.1); three faculty members from the research community chosen by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development; two faculty members appointed by the Provost; one member of the Council of Deans, chosen by that council.

They are now returned to the Faculty Senate for action.

8. New Business

Full agenda are in the hand sof all senators department chairs. They are also available through email on Facsen-Bus and on the faculty senate home page (Facsen). Contact the faculty senate for details.