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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #3

July 2, 2013


1. The meeting was called to order at 10:10 a.m. on July 2, 2013 in the Dorothy Vocino Conference Room in the URI Library, Chairperson Byrd presiding. Senators Brady, Cerbo, Nassersharif, and Rice were present. Senator Davis participated via conference call.

2. The MINUTES of FSEC Meeting #2, June 5, 2013 were approved as amended.


a. Continuing from the discussion at the June 5 FSEC meeting, Chairperson Byrd discussed the Board of Education position that each RI public institution of higher education, not its President, be granted the authority to decide on the matter of arming its campus police. Chairperson Byrd reminded the Executive committee members that the Board had requested that each institution inform the Board, after the fact, of the process used to arrive at the decision.


b. Continuing from the discussion at the June 5 FSEC meeting, Chairperson Byrd discussed the fact that, at the previous two Board of Education meetings, the size of the meeting room had been inadequate for the number of attendees. At the May 23, 2013 meeting held in the Ryan Center at URI, faculty wishing to speak had no seating in the meeting room and were required to sit in another room located some distance from the meeting room. The possibility of obtaining reserved seating at future meetings for two URI FSEC members will be pursued. As well, the FSEC will request that future meetings take place in adequately-sized spaces.


c. A meeting time to discuss manual language changes to Graduate Faculty Status (4.70.10) with Dean Zawia and Associate Dean Killingbeck will be proposed for the week of August 26, 2013.


a. The FSEC approved the changes to the University Manual for Fall 2013 recommended by the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee (2013 CBUM Report) (Senator Brady abstained from the vote because she had not had access to the report before the meeting).


b. The FSEC approved appointments to the Senate committees. Appointment letters will be sent to new or renewing faculty members.


c. The FSEC discussed the revised General Education program. There are concerns about the applicability and acceptability of the revised program. The FSEC would like to see examples of how the proposed model works at other institutions.


d. Senator Nassersharif confirmed that the following University administrators are due to be evaluated in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014:


Dean of University College (Richmond)
Dean of Arts and Sciences (Brownell)
Dean of the Graduate School (Zawia)
Chief Information Officer (Bozylinsky)
Vice Provost for Enrollment Management (Libutti)
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (DeHayes)
Vice Provost for Academic Finances and Academic Personnel (Katz)

The meeting was adjourned at 12:20PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Neff



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