Faculty Senate Meeting – December 16, 2010
1. Immediately following a meeting of the General Faculty-Graduate Faculty, the regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:12 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Swallow presiding.
All members were present except Senators Barber, Barbour, Baxter, Collie, Fastovsky, Ferszt, Hamel, Husband, Kincaid, La Luna, Lloyd, Lofgren, Palm, Shen, Swaszek, Warner, Watts and Wills Vice Presidents Beagle and Dougan; Vice Provosts Bozylinsky and Libutti (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Farmer, Kirby, Joseph, Jordan and Richmond; Mr. Coates.
2. Chairperson Swallow asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meetings #3, November 18, 2010. There were none.
Chairperson Swallow ruled that in the absence of any comments or corrections, the Minutes were approved.
3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1) Chairperson Swallow welcomed everyone to the last Faculty Senate meeting of 2010 and his last meeting as chair. He said that he wanted to wish everyone a good conclusion to the semester and a very happy holiday season.
Chairperson Swallow said he wanted the Senate to know that he has been extremely proud to be a member of this institution, and he remains “bullish” on URI’s future. He said he was especially pleased by the opportunity the Senate has given him to discover even more about the breadth and depth of the talent and creative thinking that makes URI a national research university. He noted that over the last few years the Faculty Senate gave him the privilege of building new friendships that have contributed to making his move one that is “bittersweet” – taking on new challenges while knowing that he leaves a strong institution behind.
2) Chairperson Swallow announced that the UCGE Committee has requested that the committee’s second report of the academic year be added to New Business. He noted that he report had been e-mailed to all Senators earlier and is on the Faculty Senate’s website. He said that If there were no objections, Senator Hicks would move approval of the UCGE Report when the Senate reaches New Business on the Agenda.
3) Chairperson Swallow reported that the Executive Committee asked him to remind everyone that faculty are invited to submit new proposals for Grand Challenge courses to be taught for the first time in the Fall of 2011. He announced that the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, thanks to a grant from the Davis Foundation, was again able to offer stipends to faculty members who are developing new Grand Challenges offerings.
He said that faculty could download the RFP from the Faculty Senate home page at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Grand_Challenge_RFP_2011.doc.
He explained that the application process consists of two phases. The initial proposal should be submitted through your dean’s office (i.e., their signature is required) by noon on December 20, 2010 to the Provost Office” (firstname.lastname@example.org). The General Education Task Force (GETF) will review the proposals and that faculty will be notified by January 31 if their proposals have been selected.
In addition, Chairperson Swallow said that the Executive Committee asked that he point out that they are pleased by the overall experiences they are hearing about the Grand Challenge courses and would like to see this program run for at least a couple of years to enable URI to identify the best ways in which the program can help our institution and our students. He said that the Executive Committee encourages faculty and programs to evaluate the best ways in which they can contribute to the Grand Challenge courses, including identifying the appropriate choices that will enable faculty to allocate some of their time for the gains URI will obtain from these courses. He said that the members of the FSEC recognize that these choices may mean something else does not get taught, and the Executive Committee believes these choices belong to the faculty and programs involved.
4) Chairperson Swallow expressed his appreciation to, Dean Winnie Brownell of the College of Arts and Sciences, who had agreed to sponsor that afternoon’s reception. He encouraged everyone to join the FSEC and Dean Brownell Please at the University Club after the meeting.
B. Vice Chairperson Eaton said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #15, #19, #20 and #22 had been posted on the web and were accessible at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Commtgs_10-11.htm#FSEC. She asked if there were any questions.
C. Vice Chairperson Eaton placed in nomination the names of the following Senators for election to the soon-to-be-vacant position on the Executive Committee and asked them to stand:
Senator William Krieger, Department of Philosophy
Senator William Ohley, Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering
Vice Chairperson Eaton asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none,
Nominations were closed.
Ballots were distributed and collected and Chairperson Swallow appointed Vice Provosts Beauvais and Katz to serve as tellers.
During balloting, the Senate moved to the next item on the Agenda.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
A. President Dooley announced that he had approved the legislation as printed on the Agenda. He said that he had supported the resolution on Course Credits. President commended the Executive Committee and the Ad Hoc Task Force on 4-Credit Courses He said he believed that the approach taken by the Senate was the best to engender a thoughtful and deliberative process. He said that the resolution had respected the needs and responsibilities of the various units, endorsing a culture that allows faculty to make decisions.
B. President Dooley wished the members of the Senate a good holiday season and encouraged everyone to put the intersession period to good use.
Vice Chairperson Eaton announced that Senator William Krieger had been elected as the sixth member of the Executive Committee for Spring 2011. She thanked both Senator Krieger and Senator Ohley for their willingness to serve faculty governance.
5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 2-2010-11 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_ 2_10-11.pdf. He noted that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
Dean Killingbeck moved approval of Section II. The motion carried.
B. Dean Killingbeck introduced Senator Ciccomascolo, who chaired the Graduate Council’s New Program Committee.
Senator Ciccomascolo presented Curricular Report No 2010-11-2A from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate: Proposal for a Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Neurosciences, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_2A_10-11_files.htm. She said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
Senator Ciccomascolo moved approval of the Graduate Council’s recommendation that the Faculty Senate approve the Proposal for a Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Neurosciences.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
C. Professor Mundorf introduced the Four Hundred Eighty-Third Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/483_CAC.pdf. 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.
6. SPECIAL FORUM
Mr. Michael Motta, Associate Director of University Computing Systems, provided the Senate with an update and information session on three major “paperless” projects at various stages of completion. He used a series of slides regarding the development of new business forms and responded to questions from members of the Senate.
7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Senator Larsen shared a series of Power Point slides that raised questions about possible models if the Senate decides to restructure the terms of Senate Officers.
When the time for discussion expired, the Senate voted to extend discussion for ten minutes.
When the ten-minute extension expired, the Senate voted to extend discussion for an additional five minutes.
8. NEW BUSINESS
Senator Hicks presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2010-11-2, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/UCGE_10-11-2.htm. She moved approval of the following recommendation:
That the Faculty Senate approve the following addition to the Fine Arts and Literature core area (A) of the General Education program:
ENG 245 Introduction to Film Decades (read complex texts, write effectively, examine human differences)
The motion carried.
She then moved approval of the following recommendation:
That the Faculty Senate approve the following course for the Letters (L) core area of the General Education program:
WMS 325 International Women’s Issues (read complex texts, write effectively, examine human differences, use of qualitative data)
The motion carried.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman