1. The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 18, 2013 in the Dorothy Vocino Conference Room in the URI Library, Chairperson Larsen presiding. All members were present. Vice Chairperson Byrd participated by telephone.
2. The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #6, February 21, 2013, which was scheduled for later that week:
a. It was noted that JCAP had suggested including an update from the Administration and Management Review Committee under announcements at each meeting to keep the Senate apprised of what was happening.
b. Senator Barbour reported that interim Dean Paul Larrat planned to attend the Faculty Senate meeting and Chairperson Larsen said he would introduce the interim Dean of Pharmacy as part of his announcements.
c. Chairperson Larsen requested that Ms. Grubman ask Vice Provost Beauvais and Vice Provost Katz to serve as tellers for the election.
d. The Executive Committee noted that the Agenda was quite lengthy. Chairperson Larsen said he would encourage the Senate to move as expeditiously as possible. He said that he would ask the Senate to change the order of business to move to the Report of the Ad Hoc Open Access if the item was not under consideration by 4:30 p.m. to allow for a complete presentation by Professor Rathemacher.
a. The Executive Committee discussed their upcoming meeting with the consultants to the Administration and Management Review Committee, which had been scheduled for noon. They noted that there had been little time to prepare for the meeting having only learned about it at the end of the previous week. They agreed encourage an open and transparent process that would keep the URI community informed. The FSEC also agreed to explain that numerous reviews that have been conducted about academic programs and to emphasize that their understanding of the purpose of the committee had been to learn if any savings might be found in administrative areas that could be used to enhance academic and student services.
b. It was noted that the FSEC had been invited to an afternoon meeting with representative of the Wabash study on March 28. This program was to be held from 12-3 and the Executive Committee was scheduled to meet with President Dooley at 3:00 p. m. It was agreed to leave the Wabash discussion before 3:00 p.m. in order to meet the President at 3:00 p.m.
c. Ms. Grubman reported that Ombud Vincent Rose had reminded her that he still wanted to step down from the position and had suggested some names of potential replacements. Ms. Grubman said that she would forward to the FSEC the University Manual sections that outlined the role of the Ombud. The Executive Committee asked Ms. Grubman to talk to Professor Emeritus Rose about the type of cases he handles and the amount of time it takes to fulfill his responsibilities.
4. The Executive Committee discussed the following matters of continuing concern:
a. Faculty Outstanding Service Award: The Executive Committee agreed that Chairperson Larsen should announce at the Senate Meeting that they would be asking for nominees for the award at the end of the week. Ms. Grubman agreed to draft the announcement to the community to be mailed on Friday. In addition, the FSEC decided they needed an earlier deadline than the previous year and selected March 28.
b. Searches: In response to a question from the Executive Committee, Ms. Grubman said that she hadn't heard anything recently about the Vice President Searches. With regard to the Coordinator Search, Chairperson Larsen announced that the Affirmative Action Officer had approved the list of applicants identified in the system as interview pending and on hold. He explained that Ms. Gomes said approval from Ms. Kenerson was needed as well and he was waiting for that approval.
c. Discovery@URI: The FSEC noted that with Vice President Alfonso's departure, there didn't seem to be any plans for a program in spring 2013. They agreed to go back to the Provost and Dean Zawia and encourage that the program be expanded to include work of other faculty and undergraduate students as well as presentations by graduate students and graduate faculty.
d. Administrator Evaluation: The Executive Committee expressed their appreciation to Senator Nassersharif who had developed a sample questionnaire to be used by the Administrator Evaluation Committees as a basis for their surveys.
Senator Nassersharif reported on the potential members for the Administrator Evaluation Committees and the Executive Committee encouraged him to move forward with the next step in constructing the committees. He agreed to move ahead and contact the Provost, the Deans, and Vice Provost McCray about their appointees.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m.
Sheila Black Grubman
OPEN ACCESS POLICY (5/24/13)