1. The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2011 in the Presidents Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding. All members were present.
2. The Minutes from FSEC Meeting #2, July 28, 2011 were approved as corrected.
a. Senators Barbour and Honhart reported on the August 22 meeting of the Board of Governors for Higher Education. They said that the capital improvement plan for URI had been approved with little discussion. They also noted that in his President's Report, President Dooley announced that URI had been ranked 13th in the U.S. for return on investment by SmartMoney magazine.
b. Members of the FSEC who had attended the August 17 retreat of the Council of Deans at Alton Jones informed the group about the retreat. They said that the two key issues discussed were priorities for cluster hires and more inclusionary practices for lecturers.
They explained that subgroups worked on priorities within area clusters, for example faculty hires in three or more departments within the larger area of the Middle East. With regard to lecturers, Provost DeHayes urged the academic community make lecturers feel more welcome and appreciated, such as by involving them in more department and college activities.
c. Chairperson Eaton noted that both she and Professor Kirschenbaum had been asked to speak at the New Faculty Orientation about the Faculty Senate and the AAUP, respectively. The orientation, followed by a reception at the President's house is scheduled for August 31.
d. Chairperson Eaton announced that she had attended the first of a series of workshops on the new online tenure and promotion format. She said that department chairs should be encouraged to attend along with faculty members considering putting themselves up for tenure and promotion.
Ms. Grubman said that she had sent an announcement about the workshops to the Faculty Senate mailing lists at Vice Provost Beauvais' request. The sessions are scheduled for the following dates and times in the Thompson Boardroom in Ballentine Hall, 3rd floor:
August 24, 1-3 p.m.
August 30, 1-3 p.m.
September 1, 1-3 p.m.
September 13, 1-3 p.m.
September 23, 9-11 a.m.
e. Ms. Grubman announced that the suite of rooms currently occupied by the Faculty Senate and the Office of Institutional Research were going to house the Associate Vice President for Community, Diversity and Equity. Ms. Grubman said that she would move to room 310 and Ms. Neff to room 301; Mr. Boden's office will be in room 303.
f. Ms. Grubman reported on the efforts of Publications and various administrative Offices to move to an interactive online catalog. She said that the first step was the agreement not to print the catalog this fall and to encourage everyone to use the catalog online or to download the pdf version or to purchase it from Printing Services.
She explained that a number of interested members of the community were meeting regularly to plan for the complete change to online and to resolve potential problems before they occur. The website for all of the online catalog discussions is http://dev.web.uri.edu/catalogupdate/.
Ms. Grubman noted that one of the efforts underway was to designate Human Resources, which maintained files on e-campus, as responsible the listings for tenure-track, research, and clinical faculty rather than depend on college and departments to provide them to the Faculty Senate Office. She explained that since adjunct faculty members were, for the most part, unpaid, there would be greater difficulty organizing the information for them. She suggested, and the FSEC agreed, to ask the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee to look at the definition of adjunct and possibly refine the process as well as determine where the names would be maintained and published.
4. The Executive Committee resumed their discussion of committees and considered potential faculty appointments to them.
5. Chairperson Eaton asked the Executive Committee to consider a central theme for the 2011-12 academic year. Fostering a culture of community at URI was identified as a possible theme and ideas for implementing the theme were considered. It was agreed that members of the FSEC would spend some time in the coming week thinking about how the theme might be accomplished and to discuss it at their September 1 meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:12 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman