NUMBER 8

MINUTES

Faculty Senate Meeting – May 12, 2011

 

1.   The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Eaton presiding.

 

All members were present except Senators Barbour, Dilworth, Hamel, Hu, Husband, Kincaid, King, Lardaro, Kirschenbaum, La Luna, Lardaro. Lloyd, Mahler, Marcoux, Mitkowski, Moran, Opaluch, Thomas, Wills and Wyant; Vice Presidents Beagle and Weygand; (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Farmer, Jordan, Kirby, McKinney and Wright (Dean Brownell was represented by her designee); Mr. Martin.

 

2.   Chairperson Eaton said the Minutes of Meeting #6, March 28,2011 had been distributed and posted on the web and asked if asked if there were any additions, further corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #6. There were none.

 

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

 

Chairperson Eaton announced that the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #7, April 21, 2011 were not yet available. She said that they should be distributed and on the web before the end of the current academic year. Chairperson Eaton apologized for the delay in the Senate and Executive CommitteeÕs Minutes.

 

3.   REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

A.     Announcements

 

1)   Chairperson Eaton said that it was the organizational meeting of the 2011-12 Faculty Senate. She welcomed the following Senators who were taking their seats at the meeting:


        


                          ARTS AND SCIENCES

Bridget Buxton
David Howard
Mark Conley

Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz

Patricia Morokoff

 

BUSNESS ADMINISTRATION

Hillary Leonard

 

ENGINEERING


James Sau-Lon Hu

Natasha Thomas

 

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY


Bradley Moran

 

HUMAN SCIENCE AND SERVICES


David Byrd

Beth Marcoux

 

THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES


                                                 James Opaluch

                                                 Michael Rice

           

            2)   Chairperson Eaton thanked the following people for their service during the 2010-11 academic year: Professor Norbert Mundorf and Dean Keith Killingbeck for all of the important curricular business they had brought forward since September, Professor Rachel DiCioccio, chair of both the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee and the General Education Task Force, and the Student Senate Leadership, who she enjoyed working with and looked forward to collaborating with in the coming year.

 

                  She also thanked Ms. Black Grubman and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee: Vice Chairperson Larsen and Senators Barbour, Ciccomascolo, Honhart and Krieger. She then provided the Senate with an example of how the FSEC worked together by reading from their e-mail conversation on January 28, 2011 making the decision to cancel the Faculty Senate meeting that afternoon because classes had been cancelled due to the snow storm.

 

            Chairperson Eaton then expressed her appreciation to Provost DeHayes and to President Dooley.

 

            3)   Chairperson Eaton stated that invariably the Agenda for the last meeting of the academic year was bursting at the seams with reports of interest and consequence for the Senate and faculty colleagues. She reminded the body that they were limited in time because the meeting must end at 5:00 p.m. She promised to try her best to keep the meeting moving without putting many constraints on discussion and asked Senators to keep the time limit in mind as well.

 

                  She then reminded everyone that item 5D has been withdrawn from the Agenda and will not be considered at that meeting.

 

            4)   Chairperson Eaton expressed appreciation to Dr. Ray Wright, Dean of the College of Engineering, who graciously agreed to host the reception that afternoon and invited everyone to the University Club after the meeting.

 

B.   Vice Chairperson Larsen said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #35 had been posted on the web and were accessible at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Commtgs_10-11.htm#FSEC. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.

 

      C.   Chairperson Eaton presented the Spring Report of the Executive Committee, which had been devoted to issues related to Service (see http://www.uri.edu/facsen/FSEC_Spring_Report.pdf). She outlined for the Faculty Senate the action steps the Executive Committee had begun and would continue to undertake in support of improving the campus climate for faculty service. The following is from the text of the report:

 

Two issues need to be addressed: (1) the assurance to faculty, and especially to junior faculty, that time spent on service will not diminish their chances of promotion and tenure and (2) development of an esprit de corps with faculty who are working to make the University a better place for students and a better place to work.

 

Working with others on committees can be very invigorating. Faculty members on committees have the greatest impact on the shape of our institution. Work ranges from routine, such as approving a course change, to transformative, such as acting on recommendations that will help improve our international student body. People come together from throughout the university and this forms ties between colleges and departments. When faculty see the big picture, it is easier to make decisions on what is best for the University, rather than how best to promote oneÕs own area.

 

Action Step 2:

The FSEC will institute a series of forums located in various places around the campuses. Faculty members will briefly demonstrate innovative approaches to student learning in order to inspire others to try new approaches and/or refine traditional classroom techniques. President Dooley has indicated that he will support this effort.

 

Action Step 3:

Each year, the FSEC will ask committee chairs to write simple thank you letters to committee members who have done significant work on their committees. It should be clear to the chair whether or not a committee member participated fully in the work of the committee. This letter will serve as evidence of excellent service in the faculty memberÕs dossier and help deans determine the quality of the work. In turn, the FSEC will send letters of thanks to committee chairs for their service. We ask that both FSEC and committee chairs be responsive to requests to write more personalized and lengthy acknowledgements of service for members to put in their dossier, especially at time of promotion or tenure.

 

Action Step 4:

We will stress to the administration, including deans, the Provost, and the President, the importance of acknowledging quality service work done by faculty in promotion and tenure decisions. We encourage the Provost and President to view a faculty memberÕs contributions to their department, college, and University holistically and place more value on the service part of the teaching, scholarship, and service areas of a dossier than it has had in the past.

                                            

                                             Action Step 5:

                                             The FSEC encourages the Provost, and he has supported the idea, to compensate faculty on

                                             academic year appointments for service work that is necessary to do over the summer.

 

            Chairperson Eaton then invited Vice Chairperson Larsen to speak to Action Step 1.

 

Action Step 1:

The FSEC will make a proposal to initiate a new award for service. It will be called the University of Rhode Island Faculty Senate Outstanding Service Award. Selection criteria will be delineated in the proposal. We plan to request to the URI Foundation to have it included as one of their yearly awards, alongside the Scholarly, Administrative, Teaching, and Staff Excellence Awards. President Dooley and Provost DeHayes have endorsed this idea.

 

Vice Chairperson Larsen explained that the Executive Committee didnÕt want to delay the Faculty Senate Outstanding Service Award and had agreed that they would select the recipient of the first award at that meeting. He said that they had unanimously agreed that Professor Sandy Jean Hicks receive the first Faculty Senate Outstanding Service Award.

 

Vice Chairperson Larsen invited Professor Hicks to join him at the front of the auditorium and provided the Senate with a list of her accomplishments, noting that although she would no longer be an official member of the University College and General Education Committee in the fall, she had agreed to continue to lead the effort to develop and set the stage for the implementation of the revised General Education Program.

Chairperson Eaton then responded to questions and comments from the floor regarding the Executive CommitteeÕs report and plans for the future.

 

Vice Chairperson Larsen asked to be recognized by the chair. He then moved approval of the following on behalf of the 2010-11 Faculty Senate Executive Committee:

 

RESOLVED: That the Faculty Senate expresses its appreciation to Nancy Eaton for her leadership as Chair, beginning her term mid-year and leading us efficiently during a very busy time with her insight, dedication, and good humor.

 

The resolution was adopted.

 

D.     Professor Krieger, Chair of the Nominating Committee presented the Report of the Nominating Committee for Officers of the 2011-12 Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/NomComm_2011.pdf).

 

Professor Krieger placed in nomination for Chairperson the name of Nancy Eaton, Mathematics.

 

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor.  There were none.

 

Nominations were closed.

 

The Senate voted to direct the Nominating Committee to cast the ballots of the Senators for Nancy Eaton. The motion carried.

 

Professor Krieger announced that Senator Nancy Eaton had been elected Chairperson of the 2011-12 Faculty Senate.

 

Professor Krieger placed in nomination for Vice Chairperson the name of Peter Larsen, University Libraries.


 

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor.  There were none.

 

Nominations were closed. 

 

The Senate voted to direct the Nominating Committee to cast the ballots of the Senators for Peter Larsen. The motion carried.

 

Professor Krieger announced that Senator Peter Larsen had been elected Vice Chairperson of the 2011-12 Faculty Senate.

 

         Professor Krieger said that there was one 2-year term on the 2011-12 Executive Committee. He then placed in nomination the names of the following Senators for the 2-year term on the Executive Committee:

                  

                                      Senator Brad Moran, Oceanography

                                      Senator Michael Rice, Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science

 

Professor Krieger reminded the Senate that only Senators whose names appear on the Roster may vote.

 

                        Chairperson Eaton said that she had appointed  Vice Provost Beauvais and Ms. Morrissey to serve as tellers. She explained that the tellers would distribute the ballots and leave the room to determine the election results.

 

                        She said that as in previous years, the Senate would proceed with the Agenda during balloting and stop for the voting as appropriate.

 

            During balloting, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

 

4.   REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

 

Chairperson Eaton explained that President Dooley had apologized for having to leave the meeting early because he had a commitment at the Senate Finance budget hearing at the State House.

 

She reported that President Dooley had approved all of the legislation forwarded to him after the April 21 Faculty Senate Meeting. The President had approved Senate Bill #10-11—23 with the stipulation that the effective date for implementation of the Drop Period is no sooner than Fall 2012.

 

Chairperson Eaton responded to questions from the floor.

           

      3.   D.   Chairperson Eaton announced that Senator Michael Rice had been elected to the two-year term on the Executive Committee.

 

Professor Krieger congratulated Senator Rice and expressed his appreciation to Senator Moran for agreeing to run for the two-year position.

 

Professor Krieger placed in nomination for the 2 one-year terms on the 2011-12 Executive Committee the names of the following Senators:

 

                                    Senator Stephen Barber, English

Senator Elizabeth Cooper, College Of Business Administration

Senator Michael Honhart, History

Senator Valerie Maier-Speredelozzi, Mechanical, Industrial and Systems

 

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor.  Senator Brad Moran was nominated from the floor. Professor Krieger said that he wasnÕt comfortable adding Senator Moran since he wasnÕt available to agree to have his name added to the list of candidates.

 

Nominations were closed.  The Senate proceeded to vote.

 

5.   REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

                 

A.     Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 2010-11-7 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_7-2010-11.pdf.  He noted that the changes in the first part of the report were informational and asked if there were any questions. 

 

Discussion ensued.

 

Dean Killingbeck moved approval of matters that require confirmation. 

 

Following discussion, the motion carried.

     

      B.   Professor Mundorf introduced the Four Hundred Eighty-Ninth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/489_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. 

 

Discussion ensued.

 

Following discussion, 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.

 

B.     Professor DiCioccio introduced the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #10-11-4 (http://www.uri.edu/AS&C_10-11-4.pdf.

 

Professor DiCioccio moved approval of the calendar for summer session 2012. The motion carried.

 

Professor DiCioccio moved approval of the academic year calendar for 2016-17.

 

Discussion ensued.

 

Following discussion, the motion carried.

 

3.   D.   Chairperson Eaton announced that Senator Stephen Barbour and Senator Michael Honhart had been elected to the one-year terms on the Executive Committee.

 

            She welcomed them to the Executive Committee and thanked Professor Krieger and the members of the Nominating Committee for their efforts on behalf of the Faculty Senate.

 

            The members of the 2011-12 Faculty Senate Executive Committee are:

 

                        Senator Nancy Eaton, Chairperson

                        Senator Peter Larsen, Vice Chairperson

                        Senator Stephen Barber (one year term)

                        Senator Marilyn Barbour (second year of two-year term)

                        Senator Michael Honhart (one year term)

                        Senator Michael Rice Barbour (second year of two-year term)

 

The Senate resumed its regular order of business.

 

      5.   D.   Chairperson Eaton reminded the Senate that the Report of the Council for Research on Intellectual Property Policy had been withdrawn from the Agenda.

 

            E.   Senator G. Eaton presented the informational report of the Library Committee, which appeared on the web at (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/LibCommReport_toFacSen2011.pdf).  

     

      Following discussion, the Senate moved to the next item of business

F.   Provost DeHayes, Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Academic Planning (JCAP) and Vice Chairperson Larsen, Vice Chair of the Committee presented an informational report on the activities of JCAP during its first year in operation. They used a series of slides and responded to questions about their report.

 

      The presentation is available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/JCAP_facsen_5-12-11.ppt.

 

G.   Professor DiCioccio, Chairperson of the Grand Challenges Task Force and Professor Stevenson, Chairperson of the UCGE Subcommittee on General Education (SAGE) presented an informational report on the Grand Challenge Initiative.

 

      Professor DiCioccioÕs presentation appears on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GCH_FS_Presentation_May__2011.pptx

 

      Professor StevensonÕs report appears on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Grand_Challenge_Initiative.pdf

     

      Following discussion, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

 

      6.   UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Chairperson Eaton reminded the Senate that the following amendments to sections 5.1 and 5.2 to the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate had been introduced on April 21, 2011. She said that since they had already been moved and seconded they were now on the floor for approval (additions are in boldface and deletions have strike through marks:

 

5.1 Each year at its organizational meeting, In February of each academic year, the Senate shall elect for one-year terms a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson, and one member of the Executive Committee. for the following academic yearAt its organizational meeting in May, the Senate shall elect at least one senator for a one-year term on the Executive Committee. In order to ensure continuity, the remaining three members of the Executive Committee shall be elected to serve for two years. To stagger their terms, two of the 2-year term members shall be elected on even numbered years and the other 2-year term member on odd numbered years. 

 

5.2 At its regular meeting in April January of each year the Senate shall elect a nominating committee of three members chosen from the members whose terms expire that May. This committee shall present two nominations for each position of the positions of Chair and Vice Chair in February.  The remaining one or two year positions on the Executive Committee shall be elected at the organization meeting at the end of the academic year in May. In selecting its nominees for terms on the Executive Committee, this committee the nominating committee shall consider the senators newly elected as well as those who have served for one or two years, shall consider continuity of membership, and shall, moreover, seek to maintain a reasonable distribution and rotation of the positions to be filled among the various colleges and schools.

 

The motion carried.

 

      Chairperson Eaton asked if there was any further unfinished business. There was none.

 

7.   NEW BUSINESS

     

      Chairperson Eaton asked if there was any New Business. There was none.

 

      A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

 

                                                            Respectfully submitted,

                                                           

                                                            Sheila Black Grubman