1. The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2012 in the President's Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding. All members were present. Vice Chairperson-Elect Byrd was also in attendance.
2. The Executive Committee approved the Minutes of Meeting #25, March 19, 2012. Minutes of Meeting #27, April 2 and April 4, 2012 were approved pending review by President Dooley of those sections that pertained to his meeting with the FSEC. The Minutes from Meeting #30, April 23, 2012 were approved as corrected.
a. Chairperson Eaton and Vice Chairperson Larsen reported on their meeting with Provost DeHayes and Mr. Paul Whitney, Administrator of the University Bookstores. They said that Mr. Whitney explained that when faculty members are late with book orders the Bookstore is not able to take advantage of lower prices and must pass the extra cost onto students. Members of the FSEC agreed that if faculty members were aware of the additional cost to students, they would be less likely to submit book orders late. They decided that if the Provost and the Administrator of the Bookstore wanted to set up a small ad hoc committee of department chairs and other faculty members to develop policy for the bookstore, they should do so.
b. Chairperson Eaton announced that the Board of Governors was scheduled to meet at CCRI in Warwick on May 7 to vote on the URI faculty and graduate assistant contracts as well as contracts for staff at other institutions. It was noted that the AAUP was going to provide a bus for faculty members who wished to attend.
4. The Executive Committee discussed the need for the University to keep track of grants, such as Fulbright awards, that did not come through the Research Office in order to provide a better overall picture of research at the University. This was in response to a question raised by AAUP President Tim George and supported by Senator Davis during Vice President Alfonso's presentation at the April 19 Faculty Senate Meeting.
Following discussion, the FSEC adopted the following resolution to be forwarded to the Council for Research:
Be It Resolved: That the Faculty Senate Executive Committee endorses the request that the Council for Research explore ways to collect and document funding for research at URI that is not already tabulated by the Research Office. These would include, but not limited to Fulbright awards and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
a. The FSEC reviewed a draft Agenda for the recess Faculty Senate Meeting on May 3rd, approved it in final form for immediate distribution.
They asked Ms. Grubman to provide copies of the cover sheet for the proposed general education learning outcomes printed back to back with the principles of the proposed General Education Program for distribution at the meeting
b. The Executive Committee discussed possible topics for their May 9 meeting with Provost DeHayes. They agreed that they were interested in following up on the recommendations of the Library Committee Report, the status of cluster hires, and developing policies and processes for approval of post baccalaureate certificates, especially those intended for interdisciplinary topics and/or to be offered exclusively online.
c. Ms. Grubman distributed draft Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #9, May 10, 2012. She said that she hoped to have all of the materials ready for distribution by Friday or no later than the following Monday. She said that she would wait until after the recess meeting on Thursday before revising the Senators' mailing list.
6. The Executive Committee considered the following matters of continuing concern:
a. Joint Faculty Senate-Provost Faculty Outstanding Service Award: The Executive Committee discussed final plans for informing the recipient and awarding the plaque at the May 10 Faculty Senate Meeting. Ms. Grubman reported that Ms. Neff had contacted an engraver and said that the nameplates for the perpetual plaque and the name of this year's recipient on the individual plaque would be ready before the Faculty Senate meeting. Chairperson Eaton confirmed that Office of the Provost would transfer $2000.00 to the winner's department for his use.
b. Ad Hoc Committee Administrator Evaluation: Chairperson Eaton reported that a small committee comprised of Senator Wyant, Ms. Grubman and herself, had met on April 11 and decided that no changes in the Administrator Evaluation language in the UNIVERSITY MANUAL would be necessary in order to accomplish any suggested changes.
The Executive Committee agreed that of primary importance was the appointment of a new Administrator Evaluation Coordinator and that Professor Nassersharif would be an excellent choice for replacing Professor Rosen. Senator Rice agreed to ask Professor Nassersharif whether he would consider the appointment.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:25 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman