1. The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2011 in Library Conference Room A, Chairperson Eaton presiding. All members were present except Senator Barbour.
2. The Minutes from FSEC Meeting #3, August 25, 2011 were approved as corrected.
a. Chairperson Eaton and Vice Chairperson Larsen reported on the new faculty orientation held the previous afternoon.
b. Ms. Grubman reported that Professor Rosen had already contacted Deans Jordan and Wright about being evaluated this fall. She then distributed a draft timetable for Administrator Evaluations. The FSEC noted that with the exception of Deans Jordan and Wright, the process was not consistent with the official review timetable.
It was agreed that the Executive Committee would discuss the process with President Dooley and Provost DeHayes.
c. Chairperson Eaton reminded the Executive Committee that the Provost and the Senate are sponsoring the fall welcome back reception and that she planned to speak briefly about the Senate’s plans for the 2011-12 academic year.
4. The Executive Committee continued their discussion of committee appointments for 2011-12. They noted that they still lacked chairs for the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee and the Academic Program Review Committee because Professor DiCioccio is on sabbatical leave and Professor Anderson had resigned as chair of the committee. They agreed to ask Mr. Humphrey, a continuing ex officio member of the committee, to convene the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee for the 2011-12 academic year and to consult with members of the APRC about a chair.
The Executive Committee discussed possible faculty nominees to replace Professor D’Hondt on the Strategic Budget and Planning Council (SBPC) while he serves as Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography.
5. The Executive Committee agreed that their theme for the 2011-12 academic year will be The Culture of Community. They discussed the prospect of holding forums for Senators and other members of the faculty within the broad theme of academic community. They decided to discuss this possibility with Provost DeHayes at their next meeting with him.
6. Chairperson Eaton reported that Dean Zawia had volunteered to sponsor the reception after the November 17 Faculty Senate meeting and had asked for time on the Agenda introduce Dr. Deborah Stewart, President of the Council of Graduate Schools, who will conduct a public lecture that evening on the future of graduate education in the U.S. The lecture will be followed by a retreat the next day for the purpose of creating a strategic academic plan for the future of graduate education at URI.
It was suggested that Vice President Beagle be invited to present his report on the Division of University Advancement at the September or October Faculty Senate meeting.
7. The Executive Committee was brought up to date on matters remaining from 2010-11 academic year:
a. Service Award: Vice Chairperson Larsen and Senator Rice agreed to represent the FSEC in discussions with the URI Foundation about the possibility of including an award for Faculty Service as part of their Excellence Awards Program.
b. Drop Period Legislation (Senate Bill #10-11--23): Chairperson Eaton reported that she and Vice Chairperson Larsen had a productive meeting with Student Senate President David Coates and Student Senator Chris Caisse about the shortening of the Drop Period. Vice Chairperson Larsen agreed to draft notes from the meeting and to share them with Mr. Coates and Mr. Caisse.
c. General Education: Vice Chairperson Larsen said that a small working subcommittee of the UCGE had met several times during the summer, culminating with an August 19 meeting with the Provost. He noted that the committee had agreed to eleven learning outcomes for the General Education Program and was considering what the structure of a revised program might look like. He stated that the UCGE Subcommittee had agreed to work under the assumption that the General Education Program represents degree requirements for the University as a whole.
Chairperson Eaton suggested that ‘computational thinking’ might be a skill that the UCGE Committee should consider. It was agreed to recommend that faculty interested in exploring the computational thinking skill contact Professor Hicks.
d. Confucius Institute: Ms. Grubman reminded the Executive Committee that the recommendation that the Confucius Institute become a continuing center had never been submitted to the Board of Governors because the RIBGHE organizational unit proposal form was not completed. The FSEC suggested that Ms. Grubman contact the new Director about following through on the process.
8. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their meeting with Provost DeHayes:
a. Administrator Evaluation
b. Follow-up on August 17 retreat with the Council of Deans at Alton Jones
c. The FSEC's theme for 2011-12: Culture of Community
9. Following discussion, the FSEC agreed not to schedule regular meetings with administrators other than the Provost and the President. They decided they would invite guests as specific issues arise.
10. The Executive Committee agreed that those members of the FSEC who were available would meet for lunch on Fridays at noon beginning on September 9.
11. The Executive Committee was reminded that their regular meeting schedule (Wednesdays from 3-5 in the President’s Conference Room in Green Hall) would begin on September 14. Chairperson Eaton noted that although their next scheduled meeting wasn't until the 14th, the welcome reception would be held at their meeting time on September 7.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:57 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman