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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

October 22, 2009

Number 2

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:04 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Swallow presiding.

All members were present except Senators Adams, Baudet, Collie, Danis, Davis, Gordon, Husband, Lee, Loy, Mahler, Martin, Ordonez, Roush, Watts, Wilson and Wishner; Vice Presidents Alfonso and Dougan; Vice Provosts Libutti and McCray Deans Bonn, Farmer, Richmond and Zawia; Mr. Bedard was represented by his designee.

2. Chairperson Swallow asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #8, May 14, 2009. Since there were none, Chairperson Swallow declared them approved?


A. Chairperson Swallow made the following announcements

1) Chairperson Swallow announced that Senator Will Krieger had bravely agreed to serve as Parliamentarian of the 2009-10 Faculty Senate.

2) Chairperson Swallow expressed his appreciation to the URI AAUP for their Forum on Academic Governance, which was held on October 20 and featured Gary Rhodes from the National AAUP and URI's President Dooley as speakers, which AAUP is likely to post on the web.

3) Chairperson Swallow thanked President Dooley for sponsoring the reception that afternoon. He encouraged everyone to come to the University Club after the Faculty Senate meeting.

B. Chairperson Swallow announced that Senator Ordonez was injured the previous day in a fall and went home to rest after meeting other obligations earlier that day. He said that Senator Izenstark had agreed to take Vice Chairperson Ordonez' place at the meeting.

Senator Izenstark said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #9, #10 and #11 had been distributed by e-mail and noted that they were accessible on the web at She asked if there were any questions. There were none.

C. Recommendations of the Executive Committee

1) Senator Izenstark moved that the Faculty Senate adopt the resolution on the goals of the Academic Plan recommended by the Executive Committee.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Izenstark moved to amend the resolution by replacing "endorses" with "agrees to work toward."

After discussion, the amendment carried.

Following discussion, the resolution was adopted as amended. The approved resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS, the Academic Plan evolved from widespread input and collaboration from faculty and students among others,


WHEREAS, the Academic Plan is essentially a document not meant to be a prescriptive plan, but rather a dynamic one open to modification over time, as we proceed, progress, and observe changes in the world,


WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee has provided detailed guidance and edits to the Academic Plan,

BE IT RESOLVED: That the Faculty Senate of the University of Rhode Island agrees to work towards the goals of the Academic Plan and supports continuing efforts by the Provost, Deans and Faculty to work on accomplishing those goals.

2) Senator Izenstark moved approval of additional committee appointments for 2009-10. The motion carried. (The approved list of committee appointments is on the web at


A. President Dooley said that the legislation from the first Faculty Senate meeting had been approved and that the listing on the Agenda was self-explanatory.

B. President Dooley said that he hoped working together candidly and in the open would bring the University faculty, administration and internal and external constituencies into relationships of trust. He said that he intended to operate in a manner that would ensure that although not everyone would agree, all members of the community would have a shared sense of goals and responsibilities. He briefly reported on how the Strategic Budget and Planning Council would work toward a shared vision and goals. (A draft of the Strategic Budget and Planning Council as outlined by President Dooley is available on the web at

President Dooley responded to questions from members of the Senate.


A. Senator Honhart presented the Four Hundred Seventy-Second 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

Senator Honhart said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval.

Discussion ensued, during which Senator Maier-Speredelozzi expressed concern about the accuracy of item "A" in Section II and Senator Honhart removed it from the report.

The Senate voted on Section II without item A and the motion carried.

Senator Honhart announced that Section III was a report on 400-level courses, which did not require action by the Faculty Senate. He said that part A was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Senator Honhart moved approval of part B of Section III. The motion carried.

B. Senator Hicks presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2009-10-2, which appeared on the web at

She moved approval of recommendation I with regard to LIB 220. The motion carried

Senator Hicks moved approval of recommendation II with regard to the College of Engineering.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

C. Senator Hicks and Professor Stevenson provided the Faculty Senate with an informational report on the UCGE Subcommittee on Assessment of General Education (SAGE) on the status of the assessment of URI's General Education Program. They used a PowerPoint presentation, which is available on the web at and responded to questions about their report.

D. Professor McIntyre presented the Annual Report of the Honors Program and Visiting Scholars Committee for 2008-09, which is available on the web at and responded to questions

6. Chairperson Swallow announced that at the request of Vice President Beagle and Ms. Acciardo, Director of Communications and Marketing, the presentation on the Branding Initiative would be postponed until November.


Chairperson Swallow asked if there was any unfinished business.

Senator Maier-Speredelozzi announced that item A of Section II of the Four Hundred and Seventy-Second Report of the Curricular Affairs had been correct and apologized for her error.

Senator Honhart moved that the item be returned to the 472 Report and the report approved in its entirety. The motion carried.


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

A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:43 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman



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