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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

October 21, 2010

Number 2

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:08 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Swallow presiding.

All members were present except Senators Baxter, Blanthorne, Dilworth, Dorado, Fastovsky, Hannel, Hutt, Kincaid, Krieger, La Luna, Lloyd, Mitkowski, Ohley, Roush, Shen, Thiem, Watts, Wittwer and Wyant; Vice Presidents Beagle and Dougan; Vice Provosts Bozylinsky and Libutti (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Farmer, Kirby, Higgins, Joseph, Maslyn, Richmond, Wright and Zawia.

Chairperson Swallow began the meeting by asking for a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Harry Amaral, Director of Enrollment Services, who passed away over the weekend.

2. Chairperson Swallow asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meetings #1, September 23, 2010. There were none.

Chairperson Swallow ruled that in the absence of any comments or corrections, the Minutes were approved.


A. Chairperson Swallow said that at the last meeting he announced that he would be leaving the University in January and that Vice Chairperson Eaton will serve as chair in accordance with section 5.7 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws. He noted that also specified in 5.7 is that the Executive Committee shall name a member of that group to serve as Vice Chair and announced that the Faculty Senate Executive Committee has named Senator Peter Larsen to serve as Vice Chairperson beginning in January.

Chairperson Swallow explained the FSEC is required to serve as a nominating Committee for the vacant position on the Executive Committee. He said that the Executive Committee would like to hold the election in December and asked that any Senator interested in nominating someone or was willing to serve, contact members of the FSEC.

Chairperson Swallow expressed his appreciation to President Dooley, who had agreed to sponsor that afternoon's reception after the Senate meeting.

B. Vice Chairperson Eaton said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #7 through #10 had been distributed by e-mail and noted that they were accessible on the web at She asked if there were any question

Discussion ensued

C. Recommendations of the Executive Committee

  1. Vice Chairperson Eaton moved approval of additional Committee Appointments for 2010-11 since the September meeting, which appear on the web at

    The motion carried

  2. Vice Chairperson Eaton moved that the Faculty Senate approve continuing status for the Confucius Institute at the University of Rhode Island.

    Discussion ensued.

    Following discussion, the motion carried.


President Dooley announced that he had begun conversations with faculty leaders about issues facing all universities and how URI might respond collaboratively and collegially. He also identifies for the Faculty Senate what he believes are URI's strategic priorities. He then responded to questions about his report.

Chairperson Swallow announced that Vice President Weygand had asked that the Special forum on the Capital Projects be considered before the reports of Standing and Special Committees. There were no objections and the Faculty Senate moved directly to item 6.


Vice President Weygand reported on recent and upcoming Capital Projects using a series of power point slides. He then answered questions from members of the Senate. (Materials from Vice President Weygand's presentation are available on the web at

The Senate resumed its regular order of business.


A. Professor Mundorf announced that the Four Hundred Eightieth Report of the Curricular Affairs committee was a proposal for a new Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies, which appeared on the web at BSHS.pdf; APPENDIX_G; APPENDIX H; APPENDIX I.

He moved that the proposed B. S. Degree in Health Studies be approved at the Class B* level (the proposal is in the format required by the Board of Governors for Higher Education).

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

B. Professor Mundorf introduced the Four Hundred Eighty-First Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at He noted that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Mundorf moved approval of Section II. The motion carried.

Professor Mundorf said that Section III A was informational. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.

He moved approval of part B of Section III. The motion carried.

C. Professor Anderson reported on the activities of the Academic Program Review Committee (APRC) since his report to the Faculty Senate on May 13, 2010. He used a series of power point slides and responded to questions during his presentation. (See


Chairperson Swallow asked if there was any unfinished business. There was none.


Chairperson Swallow announced that the Executive Committee wanted to add a new item of business to the Agenda. He explained that there were a number of factors that led the Executive Committee to ask the Faculty Senate to consider the possibility of modifying Senate terms of Office (See for details.)

Discussion ensued, during which the body agreed to discuss Repositioning the Faculty Senate Officers for Improved Shared Governance on the Faculty Senate SAKAI site [FacSen Discussion] with the possibility of considering possible alternatives at the November 18 Faculty Senate Meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman



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