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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #36

April 29, 2013


1. The regular meeting was called to order at 10:10 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013 a.m. in the Dorothy Vocino Conference Room in the URI Library, Senator Rice presiding. All members were present except Chairperson Larsen and Vice Chairperson Byrd who arrived at 10:30 a.m.

2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #35, April 22, 2013 were approved as corrected.

3. Announcements/Correspondence/Reports

a. Ms. Grubman reminded the members of the FSEC that their next meeting with Provost DeHayes was scheduled for the following Monday, May 6, 2013 ay 9:00 a.m. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics:

1) Administrator Evaluation update

2) Focused Program Review

3) Forum on Arming the Campus Police

4) Communications on Campus

5) Standardization/forms for annual review/promotion and tenure

b. Ms. Grubman reminded the Executive Committee that the Forum on Arming the Campus Police was scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on May 8 in the Memorial Union Atrium.

c. The Executive Committee discussed correspondence from the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee.

1) The Executive Committee agreed to attach the notice of the CBUM Committee regarding Chapter 1 of the University Manual and references to the Board of Governors for Higher Education being replaced by the new Board of Education to the minutes of this meeting for information. (See attached.)

2) The Executive Committee decided to recommend to the Faculty Senate on May 9 changes to section 4.50.10 as proposed by the CBUM Committee

d. Senator Barbour reported on proposed draft standardized forms for promotion and tenure review that had been discussed at the Department Chairs' Forum. Discussion ensued with regard to using standardizing forms when the research of faculty in scholarly fields differs greatly from one discipline to another. It was agreed to add this issue as item 5 to the list of topics for Provost DeHayes:

5) Standardization/forms for annual review/promotion and tenure

e. Ms. Grubman announced that the FSEC had been invited to participate in interviews for a new Director of Public Safety. After reviewing the times set aside for the interviews, no member of the Executive Committee was available to attend all of them. The Executive Committee was asked to contact Vice President Weygand’s Office and explain that the FSEC would not be able to participate.

4. The Executive Committee reviewed reports that were expected to be included in the Agenda for the May 9, 2013 Faculty Senate Meeting:

a. Election of two members of the 2013-14 Executive Committee: one each for a one-year and a two-year term.

b. Curricular Reports from the Graduate Council and Curricular Affairs Committee;

c. Informational reports from Council for Research, LOOC and the Athletics Advisory Board,

d. The rescheduled forum on online instruction.

The Executive Committee reviewed a revised Report form the Graduate Council on Graduate Faculty Status and agreed that since the revision did not address all of the issues raised in the April 18 Faculty Senate Meeting, it would be better to postpone the report until there was further discussion over the summer. They also agreed that it might be a good idea for the AAUP to review the language to ensure that the proposed change does not have unexpected consequences for faculty members.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman

Attachment to the Minutes of faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting #36


Note to be included at the beginning of University Manual Chapter 1*

NOTE: In 2012, the Rhode Island General Assembly voted to replace the RI Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education and the Board of Governors for Higher Education with the RI Board of Education. This new board is to take over the responsibilities of the two previous bodies. Although the new board is in existence at this time, the precise nature and extent of its duties, responsibilities, and powers has not been defined yet. Chapter 1 will be rewritten as soon as these matters will have been clarified.

There are also numerous references to the Board of Governors for Higher Education in subsequent Manual passages. These references will either be changed to "Board of Education" (whenever the duties, powers, or responsibilities a passage refers to actually have been shifted to the new board) or eliminated (whenever the matters referred to will not be included among the responsibilities of the new board).

Thank you for your patience.


*Unless by the time of the inclusion of the next set of administrative University Manual changes, the matters concerning the new board are straightened out.



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