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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #26

March 26 and March 28, 2012


1. The meeting was called to order at 9:10 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2012 in the President's Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding. All members were present, except Senator Rice, who arrived at 10:00 a.m., and Senator Honhart who arrived at 11:00 a.m. Professor Robin Devin, representing the URIAAUP, participated in the interview.

2. Those present at 9:10 a.m. Interviewed Dr. Jesus Trevino for the position of Chief Diversity Officer until 10:00 a.m.

3. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. Senators Barbour and Rice reported on the March 19 Board of Governors Meeting. They explained that a significant amount of time was spent during the open session with speakers opposed to tuition hikes and the Board decided not to complete the published Agenda.

b. Ms. Grubman announced that the third CDO Candidate, Naomi Thompson, was scheduled for an interview on Friday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m., President's Conference Room, Green Hall. Her materials had been e-mailed separately.

c. The Executive Committee discussed correspondence from Professor Luebke announcing that she was retiring this spring and asking the FSEC for nominees for the NCAA Faculty Academic Representative. Following discussion, the Executive Committee agreed to nominate Professor Yvette Harps-Logan for the position.

d. Ms. Grubman reported that the FSEC had not been invited to separate interviews for the GSO Dean Search but they were encouraged to attend open presentation sessions on the Kingston Campus as follows:

Jerry Miller Monday March 26 2:30-3:30 PM Bliss Hall
Bruce Corliss Thursday March 29 2:30-3:20 PM Bliss Hall
Robert Weller Monday April 2 2:30-3:30 PM Bliss Hall
Darlene Ketten Thursday April 5 2:30-3:20 PM Bliss Hall

4. The Executive Committee discussed Faculty Senate Meeting #7, which had been held on March 22, 2012. Chairperson Eaton thanked Senator Davis for stepping in and making the presentation for the Council for Research in place of the Chair, Professor Ordonez, who was unable to attend.

Ms. Grubman noted that Professor Mundorf had been made aware of Senator Rice's intention to move that the proposed change of the name of the College of Human Science and Services be referred back to the Curricular Affairs Committee with instructions to discuss further the issue in the context of its impact on the University as a whole. She said that there would be a CAC meeting that afternoon but that the Senate action would be an item under reports and that no action would be taken by the CAC at their meeting.

The FSEC agreed that Senator Maier-Speredelozzi did not have adequate time for her presentation and that the Report of the UCGE Committee should be placed earlier on the April 19 Faculty Senate Meeting. It was undecided whether a Forum on General Education should be scheduled for the April Faculty Senate Meeting as well.

It was noted that the Agenda on display at the Faculty Senate Meeting, and now on the web at, listed President Dooley's action with Regard to Bill #10-11--23. It was agreed that since the Faculty Senate had approved the legislation a full year before, the calendar for 2012 could be amended editorially for the change in the drop period dates.

5. Planning:

a. The Executive Committee reviewed their list of topics for their upcoming meeting with Provost DeHayes on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (See item 5)

b. The Executive Committee agreed to ask President Dooley to give his impressions of the effect the retirements might have on the FY'13 Budget when they meet with him on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

c. The Executive Committee reviewed the items they agreed would be included on the Agenda for the April 19 Meeting of the Faculty Senate: Reports from the CAC, Graduate Council and JCAP, recommendations of the UCGE Committee and a presentation on Research and Economic Development by Vice President Alfonso. The Executive Committee decided to postpone the Report of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee until the May 10 meeting.

6. Matters of continuing concern:

a. Culture of Community: Vice Chairperson Larsen reported that the Discovery@URI day had been cancelled for the spring semester. It was agreed to contact the planners for the 2013 Discovery@URI Day and volunteer to participate in the early stages of planning.

Chairperson Eaton announced that she planned to not only thank Chairs of Faculty Senate Committees for their efforts during the 2011-12 academic year, but also to ask them to write letters of appreciation to those members of their committee's who did an outstanding job during the year.

Chairperson Eaton suggested that Deans be asked to invite their college representatives to the Faculty Senate to report on Senate activities at department and college meetings.

b. Review of New Programs: Senator Barbour reported that the draft language of the University Manual on program review that she, Vice Provost Beauvais, and Ms. Grubman had initiated was under discussion with JCAP and she hoped would be ready to present to the Faculty Senate in May.

The meeting was recessed at 11:56 to enable members of the Executive Committee to attend President Dooley's Conversation at the Memorial Union.

The meeting was reconvened at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 when Provost DeHayes and Vice Provost Beauvais arrived. All members were present, including Vice President-Elect Byrd.

7. The following matters were discussed:

a. Name of the College of Human Science and Services: Provost DeHayes said that he was pleased that the matter had been referred back to the Curricular Affairs Committee. Noting that the close vote, 26-24, was an indication to him that the choice wasn't as clear-cut given the closeness of the vote. He said that he believes that Education is too important to be left out of the College's proposed new name. He suggested that the CAC should take a broader view, internally and externally, when considering a significant change of this nature.

There was some discussion of the charge to the Curricular Affairs Committee and whether any clarification might be needed.

b. Cluster Hires: Provost DeHayes said that the membership of each of the four committees to review the RFP's for cluster hires had not been finalized. He said that he hoped to have a better idea of the state of the process by mid-April.

c. Classroom Disruptions: Provost DeHayes reported on an incident at Florida Atlantic University where a student was caught on video disrupting a class. He said that in light of modern technology, something that might have been a minor incident for a University was posted on the Internet. He asked the FSEC whether they thought a policy or procedure might be needed to provide advice and support should such an event occur at URI.

Vice Provost Beauvais said that Student Life had a Power-point Presentation that was designed to help people respond to disruptive situations and agreed to forward the Power Point to them.

The Executive Committee discussed ways to follow up on the issue with Student Affairs and School of Education faculty members who had experience teaching how to avoid potential situations and how to keep such a situation somewhat contained.

d. Commencement: Provost DeHayes announced that Marlen Suyapa Bodden had been selected as the Commencement Speaker and recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman



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