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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

March 18, 2010

Number 7

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, Cooper, Costello, Jenkins, Juda, Krieger, Lardaro, Lasky, Loy, Maier-Speredolozzi, Martin, Ohley, Roworth, Ruemmele, Schwegler and Wittwer; Vice Presidents Dougan and Weygand; Vice Provosts Bozylinsky and Katz (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Farmer, Fey-Yensan, Higgins, Joseph Maslyn and Richmond (Deans Wright and Zawia and Mr. Bedard were represented by their designees).

2. Chairperson Swallow asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #6, February 25, 2010. There were none.

Chairperson Swallow ruled that in the absence of any additions or further corrections, the Minutes were approved as distributed.


A. Chairperson Swallow made the following announcements:

1) Chairperson Swallow announced that Professor Bill Rosen, Administrator Evaluation Coordinator for the Faculty Senate, asked that everyone be reminded that the deadline for volunteering to serve on the Administrator Evaluation Committee for Vice Provost Bozylinsky is March 31. He said that if anyone is interested in serving on the committee, they should contact Professor Rosen or Ms. Grubman.

2) Chairperson Swallow said that the Women's Studies Program and the Department of English are sponsoring a celebration of the life of Associate Professor Dana Shugar, who died ten years ago and for whom the Dana Shugar Colloquium Series is named. They want to inform URI's current students about Dana and her work. People who remember Dana are invited to share their thoughts on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. in room 304 Swan Hall.

3) Chairperson Swallow announced that the University will celebrate the Inauguration of President David Dooley on April 7 and April 8, 2010. The theme of the event is "Creating the Future: The Role of the University in Transforming the World," There is a full day of programs on April 7. The ceremony itself will be held on April 8 at 2:00 in the Ryan Center. Everyone is invited, and faculty members are asked to encourage students to attend or, possibly, bring their classes to the ceremony.

4) Chairperson Swallow reminded everyone that final examinations are prohibited during the last week of classes. He said that this particular regulation wasn't followed by everyone and urged Senators to remind their colleagues that final exams may be given only during the specified time period.

5) Chairperson Swallow thanked Vice President Bob Beagle for sponsoring the reception that afternoon. He invited members of the Senate to gather at the University Club after the Faculty Senate meeting.

B. Vice Chairperson Ordonez said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #26 and #27 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. Recommendation of the Executive Committee

Vice Chairperson Ordonez moved approval of the membership of the ad hoc committee on 4-credit courses and curricula:

*Nancy Eaton, MTH, Co-Chair

Jay Fogleman, EDC

Chet Hickox, BUS

*Mike Honhart, HIS, Co-Chair

Kara Misto, NUR

*Brian Quilliam, PHP

George Tsiatis, CVE

Gerry Tyler, PSC

The motion carried.


A. President Dooley noted that as reported on the Agenda, he had approved Senate Bills #09-10--17 and #09-10--18. He announced that he had also approved Faculty Senate Bill #09-10--16, Council for Research Report on Continuing Centers.

President Dooley read the following Statement to the Faculty Senate with regard to Bill #09-10--16:

After careful consideration, I approve Bill ##09-10--16, Council for Research Report on Continuing Centers, with the following two provisions that I respectfully request the Faculty Senate and the Council for Research consider and adopt the following:

1. In the future, when reviewing Centers for "continuing authorization", the Council for Research, prior to making a formal recommendation to the Faculty Senate for a vote, share its recommendations with the Office of the Provost as an intermediary step in the process that allows the Provost or his designee to ask questions, seek clarification, or perhaps reconsideration if pertinent issues or questions are raised;

2. Develop a mechanism for a Center recommended for "continuing authorization" for a period of 4 years to be recommended for dissolution, if after a period of approximately 18-24 months (to be determined by the reporting authority of the Center and approved by the Council for Research), that Center is unable, despite efforts and proposal submissions, to continue its external funding for that period of time.

President Dooley requested that these proposed provisions be considered by the appropriate Senate body and included in the minutes of this meeting.

B. President Dooley asked if there were any questions.

Discussion ensued with regard to President Dooley's Inauguration and his choice of Dr. Gregory Boyd as the keynote speaker for the event.


A. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Seventy-Seventh 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 announced that Section III was a report on 400-level courses from the CAC and Graduate Council. He said that part A was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Mundorf moved approval of part B of Section III.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

B. Senator Hicks presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #09-10-6, which appeared on the web at --

Senator Hicks said that Section I was an informational report on Honors Program courses and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Senator Hicks said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval of part A. The motion carried.

Senator Hicks moved approval of part B.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

C. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 5-2009-10 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at. Dean Killingbeck said that the first section was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Dean Killingbeck said that the second section of the report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

D. Professor Kinnie presented the Annual Report of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee for 2009-10, which appeared on the web at -

Professor Kinnie asked if there were any questions about the report. There were none.


Chairperson Swallow introduced Vice Provost Libutti, chair of the Enrollment Management Committee - RETENTION committee, who provided the Senate with an overview of enrollment issues at URI using a series of Power Point slides. Vice Provost Libutti responded to questions from the Senate throughout their presentation. (A similar presentation to the Strategic Budget and Planning Committee is available on the web at


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


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 4:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman



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