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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #29

March 18, 2013

1. The regular meeting was called to order at 10:02 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013 a.m. in the Dorothy Vocino Conference Room in the URI Library, Chairperson Larsen presiding. All members were present.

2. The Executive Committee reviewed draft Minutes from Meetings #26, #27, and #28. Following discussion, the Minutes from FSEC Meeting #26, February 26, 2013 were approved as revised. In addition, the Minutes of FSEC Meeting #27, February 28, 2013 were approved pending review by President Dooley and the Minutes from Meeting #28, March 4, 2013 were approved as corrected pending review by Provost DeHayes.

3. The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #7 in preparation for the meeting later that week.  Senator Barbour explained that she would not be able to attend the meeting.

With regard to announcements, it was agreed that Chairperson Larsen would remind the Senate about the March 28 deadline for the Faculty Outstanding Service Award. In addition, it was agreed that Chairperson Larsen would introduce Senator Davis as part of his announcements. Senator Davis will inform the Senate about the recent effort to maintain a record of research grants that do not provide overhead funds and therefore have not been recorded by the Research Office.

Ms. Neff explained that the three curricular reports on the Agenda should be signed as quickly as possible after they are approved to enable Enrollment Services to include the courses for preregistration on March 25. The Executive Committee agreed that, if possible, Chairperson Larsen and President Dooley should sign the curricular bills before the meeting adjourns at

5:00 p.m.

4. Announcements/Correspondence/Reports


a. Chairperson Larsen reported that President Dooley and Provost DeHayes expressed concern about Bill #12-13--20 and the deletion of the sentence of 7.22.10 on the department chair's and dean's role in developing criteria for promotion. He said that he had spoken to Vice Provost Beauvais about the concern. Ms. Grubman subsequently forwarded sections 4.62.10 through 4.62.17 of the University Manual, which pertained to workload and the role of the department chair and dean.

b. Chairperson Larsen reported that Professor Kirschenbaum indicated that Provost DeHayes had initiated a discussion of phased retirement with the AAUP. The Executive Committee agreed that the retirement issue was appropriately a matter between the Provost and the AAUP and the Senate’s role in the issue was limited to encouraging the discussion.

c. The Executive Committee discussed a request from the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee for their advice on scheduling Advising Day on Labor Day. The FSEC was unanimous in their opposition to scheduling Advising Day on Labor Day. They noted that Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer and everyone expects it to be a "day off." They also felt that Advising Day is too important to a number of constituencies to move it to a holiday. In addition, since Labor Day is a state holiday staff members will not be available.

d. Members of the FSEC who had been able to attend the Budget presentations on March 6 reported on the meeting. It was suggested that without a common data set and clear criteria for setting priorities, the proposed college budgets did not appear to be as useful for decision making as they might be.

e. Vice Chairperson Byrd and Senator Rice reported on the first Board of Education Meeting on March 11. They said that much of the meeting was ceremonial and it was difficult to determine how much attention would be paid to Higher Education. It was noted that the responsibilities of the new Board had not been specified in the legislation and concerns were raised about potential delays in matters that concern URI, RIC and CCRI.

f. Chairperson Larsen said that he would not be able to attend a welcoming reception for the three new faculty members hire as part of the Mediterranean and Islamic Studies Cluster on Wednesday, March 20th, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Senator Davis said that she planned to attend.

g. Ms. Grubman announced that the March 28 meeting with President Dooley had been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m.

After discussion, the Executive Committee agreed to the following topics:


1) Working with the new Board of Education, including procedures, approval processes and budgetary decisions.

2) The Searches for the Vice Presidents.

They asked Ms. Grubman to invite President Dooley to suggest additional items.

h. Chairperson Larsen and Ms. Grubman reported that Dr. Diane Goldsmith, the Director of the Office of Learning, Assessment and Online Learning & Teaching had suggested that the Faculty Senate hold a Forum on online issues at the April meeting. Ms. Grubman noted that Dr. Goldsmith was already scheduled to present a report from the Joint Online Committee at that meeting. The Executive Committee agreed to adding the forum to their April 18 Faculty Senate Agenda.


5. The Executive Committee discussed the following matters of continuing interest: Continuing Business:

a. Administrator Evaluation: Senator Nassersharif announced that three of the four Administrator Evaluation Committees have been appointed and meetings with the committees are being schedules as soon as possible to enable them to get to work expeditiously. He said that he hoped to have the fourth committee completed within a few days.

b. Searches: Chairperson Larsen announced that the Search Committee for the Faculty Senate Coordinator had almost completed the telephone interview process and expected to have a list of finalists by the end of the week.

c. Ombud: The FSEC agreed that Chairperson Larsen and Vice Chairperson Byrd should discuss the appointment of a new Ombud with Provost De Hayes. It was noted that in recent years, the Ombud had been an emeritus faculty member, but there was no reason not to consider a continuing member of the faculty to serve in that capacity.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:06 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman