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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

February 23, 2012

Minutes 6

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:07 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Eaton presiding.

All members were present except Senators Clapham, Collie, Cooper, Dilworth, Hu, Kincaid, LaPlante, Lardaro, Lloyd, Marcoux, Mitkowski, Morin, Sun and Thomas; Vice Presidents Beagle, Dougan, and Weygand; Vice Provosts Bozylinsky and Libutti (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Higgins, Joseph, Maslyn, (Deans D'Hondt, Kirby, McKinney and Zawia were represented by their designees); Mr. Martin (Mr. Coates was represented by his designee).

2. Chairperson Eaton announced that the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #5, January 26, 2012, had been posted on the web. She asked if there were any additions, corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #5. There were none.

Chairperson Eaton ruled that in the absence of any comments or corrections, the Minutes were approved.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

A. Announcements


1) Chairperson Eaton announced that the Faculty Senate and Provost have joined together to give the second annual award for Faculty Service. We hope this is the beginning of a tradition that demonstrates the shared commitment to recognize faculty service at URI. The eligibility requirements and criteria for the award will be published early next week. When you do read our letter, please consider those of your colleagues who have consistently gone beyond their traditional responsibilities to work on behalf of the entire university, and take the time to nominate them for this award.

2) Chairperson Eaton thanked Dean Jayne Richmond from University College for graciously agreeing to make a presentation to the Faculty Senate on the work of the Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Advising as well as sponsor the reception at the University Club after the meeting this afternoon. If it is at all possible, she encouraged senators and guests to attend. She noted that the reception provides Senators, ex officio members and guests with an opportunity to meet one another and to continue any discussions we might have begun during the formal meeting.

 

B. Vice Chairperson Larsen said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #18 and #19 were accessible on the web and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

C. Senator Honhart presented the Report of the Nominating Committee. He said that this was the first time that the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson were elected in February rather than May. He noted that the Nominating Committee, himself and Senators Husband and Mahler, would be back in May to nominate other members of the Executive Committee for 2012-13.

Senator Honhart placed in nomination for Chairperson the name of Peter Larsen, Associate Professor in the Library.

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Nominations were closed.

The Senate voted to direct the Nominating Committee to cast the ballots of the Senators for Peter Larsen. The motion carried.

Senator Honhart announced that Senator Peter Larsen had been elected Chairperson of the 2012-13 Faculty Senate.

Senator Honhart placed in nomination for Vice Chairperson the name of David Byrd, Professor of Education and asked Senator Byrd to stand.

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Nominations were closed.

The Senate voted to direct the Nominating Committee to cast the ballots of the Senators for David Byrd. The motion carried.

Senator Honhart announced that Senator David Byrd had been elected Vice Chairperson of the 2012-13 Faculty Senate.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

President Dooley said that he wanted to congratulate the newly elected chair and vice chair for the 2012-13 academic year and expressed his appreciation to Chairperson Eaton and Vice Chairperson Larsen.

President Dooley reported on the Governor's Budget which is essentially the same as the current year's and said that the next steps were hearings in both the House and Senate at which the University hoped to convince those bodies to maintain the Governor's recommendations.

He said that other efforts with regard to the legislature would be to encourage support for the new Nursing Building in the Providence Knowledge district either with the Governor's proposed Bond Issue or a public-private partnership.

The President said that the University would continue to work towards obtaining matching funds from the state for Land Grant and Sea Grant Programs, explaining that other states matched the Federal Government's grants to these programs with state funds.

With regard to a question on the Institute for International Sport, President Dooley explained that everything related to that matter was in the hands of the Rhode Island State Police and the University was not at liberty to discuss it.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 4, 2011-12 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate. He noted that the first part of the report (Changes) was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.  Dean Killingbeck said that the revisions to the graduate degree programs in the College of Pharmacy required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.


B. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Ninety-Fourth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee. He said that Section was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Mundorf noted that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

Professor Mundorf announced that Section III was a joint report of the CAC and Graduate Council on 400-level courses. He said that part A of was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Mundorf then moved approval of part B of Section III. The motion carried.

C. Mr. Humphrey, Senior Associate Director of Enrollment Services, presented the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #11-12-2, the Revised Proposed Calendar for 2012-2013 through 2017-18 Academic Years.

Following discussion, Senator Rice moved to approve the proposed calendar.

After discussion, the motion carried.

D. Senator Maier-Speredelozzi presented the University College and General Education Committee Report on Honors Courses for Spring 2012. She explained that it was an informational report and required no action. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.


E. Senator Barbour presented the Annual Report of the Learning Outcomes Oversight Committee. She said that the report was informational. She thanked the members of LOOC for all of their time and effort. She also expressed appreciation to Ms. Finan for all of her help and advice. Senator Barbour asked if there were any questions about the report. There were none.

6. PRESENTATION

Dean Richmond presented a Power Point on the work of the Joint Ad Hoc Academic Advising Steering Committee and responded to questions during and after her presentation.

7. FORUM


Chairperson Eaton said that the forum would be devoted to issues regarding efforts to improve advising and syllabus development.  Discussion ensued with regard to problems with, questions about, and suggestions regarding advising within colleges and departments. Dean Richmond, along with other members of the joint ad hoc Committee responded to questions and offered help and advice in response to them.  Chairperson Eaton asked for comments and questions related to syllabi and the materials posted on the syllabus development website. Discussion ensued. (Notes from Forum are attached.)

When the time for the meeting expired, Chairperson Eaton declared the meeting adjourned.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman

 


Attachment to Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes #6, February 23, 2012

Forum on Advising and Syllabi

A lively conversation ensued in which some Senators shared experiences in advising that worked well for them and others brought up problems that they have when advising.

Some points that were made about advising:

Students find their courses are full - this is a seats management function.
In order to get students to seek advising some departments put a hold on their accounts. There was a question as to the mechanics of holds.

Some faculty do not have the proper access to the e-campus advising tool or do not know how to use it. Contact Dean Linda Lyons in University College for information on training options for the e-campus advising tool. They are happy to come to the departments.

It was recommended to keep a log for each student meeting. Some Senators found that to be very cumbersome. One senator made his appointments through e-campus and said that makes it easy to log the main points of the discussion. Some Senators type into the log before the advisees leave and, while doing so, repeat what was said during the session. This has the dual purpose of reminding the student and getting the information into the log.

Some points that were made about syllabi:

The department chair should make sure that syllabi for courses taught by part-time faculty are consistent from section to section and year to year.

There was general agreement that the syllabus forms a contract with students, but can be flexible in case of unexpected circumstances.

Chairs keep copies of syllabi; these can be kept in Sakai.

Advisors should help students become aware that it is their right to have a syllabi and what they need to be aware of about the course.

 

Nancy Eaton
Chair, Faculty Senate

February 23, 2012