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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #28

April 9 and 11, 2012


1. The meeting was called to order at 11:10 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2012 in the President's Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding. All members were present, including Vice Chairperson-elect Byrd. Senator Davis participated by telephone.

2. The Executive Committee discussed their April 4 meeting with President Dooley.

3. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. It was noted that members of the 2011-12 Executive Committee had been invited by Provost DeHayes to attend the FY 2013 College Budget Presentations on Wednesday, April 18, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm in the Thomson boardroom in Ballentine Hall. Chairperson Eaton, Vice Chairperson Larsen and Senators Honhart and Rice indicated that they planned to attend.

b. Senator Barbour announced that the Student Learning Assessment Showcase was scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Galanti Lounge. She encouraged members of the FSEC to attend.

c. Ms. Grubman informed the members of the Executive Committee that Professor Emeritus Vincent Rose is retiring as Ombud. It was agreed that he should receive a formal acknowledgement for his service. The FSEC discussed ways to find a candidate for this position from among continuing and emeriti faculty members.

d. Ms. Grubman reported that Professor William Rosen has resigned as Administrator Evaluation Coordinator. The Executive Committee agreed that he should receive formal appreciation for his service. Discussion ensued with regard to whether the position, which is specifically mentioned in the Faculty Senate By-Laws, should be continued if another evaluation process was developed.

e. An e-mail request from Dean Quina to revive and revise the Providence Campus Oversight Committee was discussed. It was agreed that this should be placed on the Agenda for the 2012-13 Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

4. Planning:

a. The FSEC discussed topics for their meeting with Provost DeHayes on Wednesday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. and asked Ms. Grubman to forward them to him.

b. It was noted that that day was the deadline for nominations for the Faculty Outstanding Service Award. The Executive Committee agreed to discuss nominations for the at their April 16 meeting.

c. Faculty Senate Meetings:

1) The draft Agenda for the April 19, 2012 Faculty Senate meeting was reviewed and approved in final form. It was agreed that the recommendations of the UCGE Committee should be published as soon as they are submitted to the FSEC.

The Executive Committee asked that Ms. Grubman forward advance copies of the proposal for a post baccalaureate certificate in Cyber Security (Graduate Council Report 2011-12-5a) and the Library Committee Report to Provost DeHayes because both items have been of interest to him.

2) Ms. Grubman announced that all reports for the May 10, 2012 Faculty Senate meeting were due in the Faculty Senate Office by April 26, 2012.

The meeting was recessed at 12:30 p.m.

The meeting was reconvened at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 when Provost DeHayes and Vice Provost Beauvais arrived. All members were present, except Senator Davis. Vice President-Elect Byrd was in attendance.

5. The following matters were discussed:

a. J-Term: Provost DeHayes and the Executive Committee discussed the draft report of the committee looking into a J-Term. He mentioned that the committee is very enthusiastic and excited about the possibilities. Among issues that were raised included tuition at summer session rates, housing for students who may wish to return to campus for a January term, and the possibility of beginning January 2013 if only existing courses and open-ended courses are offered. There was also some discussion as to whether students could use the short session to catch up on coursework and at the same time provide an opportunity for more unique experiences that don't necessarily fit into a regular semester.

b. Joint Faculty Outstanding Service Award: The FSEC discussed with the Provost their plans for announcing the recipient of the Faculty Outstanding Service Award at the May 10 Faculty Senate meeting. Senator Rice reported that he had purchased a perpetual plaque from his Faculty Senate funds for names of award winners beginning in 2011 with the name of Sandy Jean Hicks. It was agreed that each winner should also receive an individualized plaque and that the Provost would allocate $2000.00 to the award winner's department for the recipient's use. Provost DeHayes also agreed to buy the first ten individual plaques.

c. DISCOVERY@URI Day: Provost DeHayes gave a brief overview of the origins of Discovery@URI as part of the programming for President Dooley's Inauguration. He said that he thought the original session in the University Library provided a wonderful showcase for what faculty and students are doing at the University through poster sessions. The Provost noted that Dean Zawia had agreed to get the original DISCOVERY@URI started but did not anticipate that the program would continue to be run the out of the Graduate School. He said that the second year was an expanded program, that perhaps included too many different activities, presenting more logistical problems. He noted that the delay in decisions about the direction that Discovery@URI Day will take and how it will be funded made it impossible to proceed for spring 2012. He reported that he would continue to provide support for Discovery@URI Day and hoped that an agreement could be made with the Division of Research and Economic Development for planning and staffing needs in order to ensure a continuation of the quality of this important program. The FSEC expressed their desire to support DISCOVERY@URI Day as well and be involved in the planning process.

Provost DeHayes encouraged members of the Executive Committee to promote their concept, which includes greater involvement by a broad representation of faculty.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman